The Science Behind
Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Lift Functional Fitness is a home-based, comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program.[1] The components within Lift Functional Fitness have been proven to improve breathing, exercise capacity, and quality of life for people with COPD.[2]

Breathing Techniques & Retraining

Breathing Techniques including pursed-lip breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, and other deep-breathing techniques[3] have been demonstrated to improve breathing, oxygen saturation, and exercise capacity.


Education on topics ranging from early warning signs of exacerbations and oxygen concentrators to nutritional considerations and inhaler technique help people with COPD control the things that they can about their breathing and health.[1]

Aerobic Exercise

Low-intensity and high-intensity aerobic training helps people with COPD build endurance, improve oxygen efficiency (VO2max), and reduce breathlessness.[5]

Strength Training

Strengthening of the arms, legs, and core increases muscle mass, improves stability, and improves quality of life.[6]

Mental Wellness

Anxiety and depression can be an overwhelming comorbidities of COPD. Access to coping mechanisms, such as a supportive community, meditation practice, and relaxation therapy[7] helps people with COPD live happier and improves quality of life.[8]

Lift Functional Fitness’s evidence-based, interactive classes are developed and taught by a multidisciplinary team that includes respiratory therapists, pulmonologists, dieticians, physical therapists, yoga instructors, and psychologists from top pulmonary rehabilitation programs and institutions around the country.

You can participate in live or on-demand classes from any of your devices right at home.

Home-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation that incorporates the components listed above has been demonstrated to reduce breathlessness, improve exercise capacity, and improve quality of life.[2] These results are backed by a large body of evidence, proving the positive impact of pulmonary rehabilitation. The following medical societies recommend that all patients with moderate to severe COPD participate in pulmonary rehabilitation:

  • American College of Physicians[9]
  • American College of Chest Physicians [1]
  • Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease[10]
  • American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society[11]

Traditional pulmonary rehabilitation is done in a hospital environment. Although nearly every person with COPD could benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation, only about 2-3% of these individuals have access. For many, this is because of cost, location, or transportation.[12] Lift Functional Fitness is dedicated to improving access to pulmonary rehabilitation through technology.

A number of studies have evaluated how the benefits of hospital-based pulmonary rehabilitation translates to home-based pulmonary rehabilitation. A review of 12 randomized control trials found that home-based pulmonary rehabilitation programs do produce similar improvement when compared to in-person, hospital-based programs.[13] Home-based pulmonary rehabilitation programs provide an equivalent alternative to hospital-based programs.

Lift Functional Fitness uses technology to provide a convenient, easy-to-use, and guided home-based pulmonary rehabilitation program to people with COPD. Lift is designed to help people achieve and maintain the incredible and life-changing benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation.

Interested in Collaborating?

At Lift Functional Fitness, we are committed to moving the science of pulmonary rehabilitation forward. Whether you are interested in instructing a Lift class, collaborating on research, or bringing Lift Functional Fitness to your patients, we would love to talk to you.

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