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Improve your performance with the WellO2 breathing exercise device.

Did you know?

1) You use up to 30% of your body's energy consumption for breathing under heavy strain.

2) Your lungs protect themselves from the stress caused by the strain on the airways by secreting mucus, especially in the dry air of sports halls and in the cold outdoor air.

3) Mucus that gets deep into the lungs exposes the lungs to irritation and possible infections that weaken athletic performance.


"Using Wello has become a permanent part of my training routine, and Wello also comes with me in my suitcase to races and training camps. I regularly inhale warm steam, including to the upper respiratory tract with the help of the nasal mask that comes with the device.

This is especially important during the flu season when the risk of getting sick is higher. I have managed to stay exceptionally healthy for the last three training seasons. Using Wello has been one of my key preventative ways to avoid getting sick."

Krista Pärmäkoski
Member of the national cross-country ski team in Finland

"I use Wello for developing the endurance, maximum and speed strength of the respiratory muscles in order to obtain greater breathing efficiency and economy. As an asthmatic, the warm steam has helped keep symptoms under control, meaning that the condition no longer limits my performance. It has also helped prevent upper respiratory tract infections and treat their symptoms. I have found that respiratory exercise with heavy resistance also improves posture, increases the support of the midsection, and helps with strength training and the safety of heavy lifting.

These 'Savo bagpipes' have become a permanent part of my training – a great invention to help many."

Joel Naukkarinen

"I first heard about Wello from my coach, who told me that Aulis Kärkkäinen (the inventor of the device) from Kiuruvesi has developed a device for strengthening respiratory capacity. The reason why breathing is important for me, other than for staying alive, is that the breathing rhythm controls the pace of the run and the stronger the breathing capacity, the more oxygen the muscles get and lactic acid is not produced so quickly. As an athlete, I also consider it important that all my muscles are strong and, for me, my lung muscles are as important as my biceps or hamstrings and perhaps even more important.

In winter, one trains and competes in buildings with poor air quality and this is the downside to training in dry indoor air. This is when I take the Wello2 device out of my training bag and take a deep inhale and breathe. I want to spread the message of Wello to track-and-field athletes of all ages and to all other athletes. I recommend using Wello. Don't forget to breathe!"

Sara Francis

"I first heard about Wello last spring and I started using it just in time before the start of the season. I was the one on our team who started to test Wello, because I wanted to see if it would ease my spring allergy symptoms. Wello was able to help my symptoms of congestion caused by allergies, and my breathing was eased immediately after using the device.

After using Wello for a longer time, I noticed the benefits it brought when running between the bases. As a base runner, it is especially important for me that I can breathe easily and that my muscles get oxygen, because I need to run at maximum speed many times during a game."

Ida Lähde
Finnish baseball player

"My friend recommended that I should start using WellO2, especially because I have asthma. I'm into powerlifting and bodybuilding. A lot of my free time is spent at the gym in Bellanranta, Kuopio.

WellO2 has improved my oxygen uptake and reduced mucus secretion. Air seems to flow better in my lungs after using the device. Using the device gives me quick impacts. The effect begins in approximately 15-30 minutes."

Juuso Miettinen


WellO2 is a breathing exercise device that strengthens, opens, and cleanses the airways with warm steam and counter pressure breathing

Like all other muscles, the respiratory muscles require continuous training. Strength and endurance of the respiratory muscles, as well as breathing technique, influence breathing mechanics and athlete’s performance. Shallow breathing technique can make otherwise strong lungs inefficient, whereas deep breathing technique improves breathing mechanics and gas exchange.

In normal conditions, breathing takes up 5% of the body’s energy consumption. Under heavy stress or in severe pulmonary diseases, breathing takes up as much as 30% of the body’s energy consumption. Therefore, it is important for an athlete to be aware of the consequences of the poor breathing technique.

Cold and dry air causes stress for the airways. Mucus is secreted when the body tries to protect the airways against the harmful effects of coldness and dryness. The air in the lungs is naturally very humid, almost up to the dewpoint. Intensive breathing and increased pulmonary ventilation during training or competitions disturbs the humidity balance of the lungs. In a worst-case scenario, exercise-induced asthma can lead to the airways becoming obstructed. The weakening of the ciliary function and the disappearance of the epithelium also exacerbate the situation even further. Difficulties in removing the mucus expose the airways to irritation and possible infections.

As a diverse training instrument for the respiratory muscles, WellO2 offers many benefits for active athletes. It increases the energy efficiency of the breathing muscles and maintains integrity of the mucous membranes protecting them against harmful effects of cold and dry air. Normal training increases power and endurance of the respiratory muscles but intensive respiratory training with resistive devices can improve them even further.