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Working Out on the Heart-Lung Gym�:

A program of exercise is tailored to each subject's level of strength, endurance and work capability. Pre- and post-regimen lung tests are administered as well as tests to evaluate physical ability to labor.  Workouts are 2 or 3 times per week with at least a day of rest between workouts.  The objective is to improve overall performance of all muscles involved with respiration, thus providing the subject with more vitality and capacity for greater labor.

            The workout program on both XLATOR and NLATOR is designed on the set and rep system of exercise.  A warm-up session using extremely light resistance is followed by a session utilizing low repetitions against moderate to heavy resistance to develop strength, a session with time-extended work to develop deep, total muscle use, and finally a session using slightly heavier resistance which gently and gradually introduces muscle tissue to the more advanced levels of work in future workouts.

            The main object of the exercise program is to improve the efficiency of breathing.  Working out on THE HEART-LUNG GYM� strengthens the force behind the endeavor, increases the strength of gaseous exchange and increase the volume of air exchanged.  The aim of the program is to improve breathing in a body under duress and when the occasion arises, to improve the ability to cough and clean congested airways.

            A complete HEART-LUNG GYM workout takes approximately 40 minutes to an hour.  Three days a week is by far the most productive schedule to follow.

            The first section of use with XLATOR is a warm-up�against no resistance and with no restriction on the volume of air used by the subject.  This involves simply breathing into the XLATOR, gently or robustly, according to the subject's wishes.  This is to prepare the subject for future exercise and to encourage the subject to choose his/her own best type of preparation.  Often, this warm-up will inspire coughing. If there is congestion, such as mucous in the airways, it is usually cleared away.   Click to see the XLATOR!!!

            Next, the selected weights are placed on the barbell, the volume contrail is positioned, the pacer set, and the workout begins.  Three sets of 6 repetitions is the first command.  These are done with a rest of approximately 3 to 15 seconds between reps and a rest of 30 seconds to 1 minute between sets.  (Rest time will vary according to the health status and recuperative ability of the subject.)  This section of the workout is designed to improve strength and encourage speed or force.  The object is to blow as hard and fast as possible.  (The volume of air the subject exhausts is controlled by pre-selected settings, either on the machine or control panel, a safety factor which prohibits any endeavor beyond a designated point.)

            The second section of the workout is designed to build endurance.  One set of 12 repetitions is attempted with no rest between reps.  The object is fast, explosive efforts done for a longer period of time.  Both the weight and the volume used in the previous section are maintained.  This effort is designed to induce lung labor in excess of any other the subject would be exercising in "normal" activity. (The subject is always in control.  The machine never demands more than the subject wishes to accomplish and never forces an exercise the subject does not feel capable of doing.  The subject can slow down or stop at any time.)

            After this section, a rest of 1 or 2 minutes is taken, or longer if subject needs more time to recoup.  However, every effort should be made to stay within the prescribed rest period.

            The third section of the workout is called "All Out."  In this segment, the switch controlling the amount of volume the subject can use is removed.  Now maximum amount of air are expended.  Total volume is the goal.  The weight remains the same with strength, speed and volume being paramount.  Only 2 repetitions are done with a long rest between.

            Following this, another 1 or 2 minute rest is taken.

            The fourth and final section is call "Extra Reps."  The volume control is replaced at the original setting.  This section is designed to expose the subject to slightly more resistance than used previously, slowly preparing the body for what will be demanded in workouts to come.  Usually 3 single repetitions are done with about 15 seconds rest between.  Resistance is increased approximately 10/10 above that used previously.

            Thus ends the XLATOR workout.  Utilizing the NLATOR is very similar, each section of the workout progressing in the same way. Click to see the NLATOR!

            Following the NLATOR workout, the two units are connected so that they may be used in sequence.  This workout level depends entirely upon the subject's ability to perform this kind of labor.

            Working out on XLATOR and NLATOR in combination ranges from 3 to 21 reps.  The process is short, as only 1 set is attempted.  The resistance is reduced from the amount used in individual unit workouts.  The object is to exercise lung muscle in a continuous manner and produce as much endurance as possible.  (Again, the subject is never forced beyond his/her ability or required to attempt more repetitions than is comfortable.)

            All efforts with the XLATOR and NLATOR workout are recorded.  If the subject tires and cannot complete the entire workout, the session ends.  The next workout, 2 days later, attempts to improve upon what has been accomplished and perhaps advance the goals set previously.  The concludes a total workout on THE HEART-LUNG GYM�.  For additional information, contact: 32 Llanfair Road, Ardmore, PA 19003 or call Mr. Edward Fitz at 610-896-6853.

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