Inspiratory Resistive Loading Improves Cycling Capacity: A Placebo Controlled Trial

“Respiratory muscle training has been shown to improve both its strength and endurance. The effect of these improvements on whole-body exercise performance remains controversial.”

The objective of this study was to “assess the effect of a 10 week inspiratory resistive loading intervention on respiratory muscle performance and whole-body exercise endurance.”


Ten weeks of inspiratory resistive loading attenuated the heart rate, ventilatory, and perceptual response to constant workload exercise, and improved the cycling time to exhaustion. Familiarisation was not a factor and the placebo effect was minimal.”

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