Perfect Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma and Enhancing Athletic Performance
In a nutshell—pumping iron
with lung power—THE HEART-LUNG GYM™ provides a natural way
to improve respiratory performance. It is a wonderful therapy for Cystic Fibrosis patients who have tried other forms of therapy without success. THE HEART-LUNG GYM™
exercises inhalation and exhalation directly thereby
bypassing the need from total body performance. For example,
a bed-bound or wheelchair-bound person can perform as much
respiratory function as an athlete and benefits for the
In addition, THE
HEART-LUNG GYM™ exercise also relates to the heart as a form
of exercise that has a very positive effect and cam be
achieved by those unable to stand the vigor of other types
of physical rehab procedures.
THE HEART-LUNG GYM™
provides a physical way instead of only a chemical way to
help support respiratory function and physical improvement.
Don't give up medications—try to lessen it. Combine THE
HEART-LUNG GYM™ exercise along with the prescription and
thereby build the body's respiratory efficiency, not just
artificially support it.
THE HEART-LUNG GYM™
applies to everyone except infants and those intellectually
unable to follow instructions. The spinal cord-injured may
or may not benefit from this type of exercises, depending on
where the injury is located. For weaning off a ventilator,
THE HEART-LUNG GYM™ provides an excellent effect.
For most people, results
are quickly achieved. Beside, the physical sense of well
being , a mental attitude positive in character is also
gained. Except for the extremely ill, the results can be
summarized as follows:
· Improved capacity in
physical activity. In short, labor enhancement.
· For athletes: a definite
way to improve endurance. There is no other way to achieve
this "edge" except through HEART-LUNG GYM use.
· For someone on
medication: for most people, a reduction in need for
medication is achieved. Included in this category should
also be those requiring oxygen. Experience has shown less
oxygen support is achieved.
About the Inventor of the Heart-Lung Gym
Ted Fitz began lifting weights when he was 8 years old, encouraged by his mother, an exercise enthusiast. He was also born with asthma. When he was 17, he had a brainstorm: Why not apply the principles of weightlifting to breathing?
That led to the Heart-Lung Gym, designed to strengthen the chest wall and diaphragm through progressive resistance. "Bodybuilding for the lungs," Fitz calls it.
His invention is housed in a garage that Fitz converted into a lab/workshop. The apparatus resembles something a mad scientist might devise - an assemblage of tubes and cylinders, dials and gauges, electronic monitors and blinking lights. One part measures and strengthens exhalation; another, inhalation.
Fitz insists the Heart-Lung Gym improves athletes' performance and the symptoms of asthma, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis: "This is not a cure. It's a thing to build you up, to augment your physical ability, endurance, and vitality."
After developing a prototype in 1963, Fitz spent years perfecting it. Though he got the Heart-Lung Gym patented, pulmonary doctors and medical authorities were cool. "They rejected it without giving it a chance," says Fitz, 78.
Fitz, of Ardmore, has plowed all his earnings and savings into developing and promoting his invention.
"Ideas are as common as bugs at a picnic," Fitz says. "Money is the fuel. It buys time and opportunity."
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