The Los Angeles Times has chosen the Expand-A-Lung™ breathing resistance exerciser as the top pick for respiratory fitness training. In the past, this type of exercise has been available only in respiratory care facilities, but the Expand-A-Lung is only 4 inches long and is marketed directly to consumers.

"We’re finally creating awareness about the importance of respiratory fitness training for athletes and people who suffer from shortness of breath due to respiratory problems such as COPD,” says inventor Jorge Brouwer.

The Expand-A-Lung works muscles involved in the breathing process and trains users to breathe in a higher volume of air and oxygen deeper into the lungs. Additionally, it helps to expulse more carbon dioxide out of your lungs.

“The end result is a deeper, easier and better breathing inhaling and exhaling (100% drug free,” adds Brouwer.