Elevation Training Mask 2.0 Sixty Day Experiment
I believe that it is safe to say without sounding pretentious that over the years, much like technology, we have made significant strides in our knowledge of human performance due to some innovative people, training programs, and fitness products. In May of 2003 the first CrossFit blog was posted on the Internet. That spawned a fitness revolution producing the first CrossFit Games in 2007, CrossFit Certifications, and CrossFit affiliates. Along with the rise of CrossFit came the release of numerous fitness tools and accessories. With all of the new and improved performance gear, coupled with innovative training techniques, you might have noticed that fitness has almost (or has) become trendy. There are so many techniques, tactics, procedures, so to speak, that one cannot know where to begin – and our time on this little globe is precious. With this welcomed increase in popularity (cause honestly you need it America), it is important to discover how many of these new “performance enhancing” tools actually live up to the hype…and how many are just that?
One these performance enhancing tools that has really started catching on, even in the professional sports arena, is the Elevation Training Mask 2.0. What makes this ElevationTraining Mask special, how does it work, and more importantly does it actually produce significant and reproducible results – or is it just another shake weight? Well I subjected myself to a 60-day experiment with this product to find out for myself, and for the HPC followers, whether or not we need to add this to our gym bag.
When this product first came out it caught a lot of scrutiny as many of our educated gym rats argued that it was inconceivable that the elevation training mask could effectively simulate training at altitude since it would not cause the physiological change in the body with exposure to low partial pressures of oxygen. Well… oddly enough, if you actually read the information on the website (www.trainingmask.com) there are no claims that it has the exact same effect as actual altitude training. In fact it says:
A short explanation of how this works is simple. When you breathe against resistance the lining in the lungs essentially stretches out allowing the alveoli’s surface area to become “stretched” thus in return allows for more blood flow to the alveoli for more (oxygen transportation). When you increase “surface area” you could increase red blood cell count that could carry more oxygen out to the extremities. (Trainingmask.com 2015)
My favorite aspect that the website hits on, is that it talks about all the results that come from the use of this product with the correct application! And this is what I want to focus on the most.
If you’re still trying to figure out if this is a legit product, the short answer is YES. If you have been following my experiment you can clearly see a gradual increase in performance, cardiovascular performance, in just a mere 60-days.
ALSO, there’s more information about this on the website (that has continued to get better since the release of this product), where you can actually look at Case Studies that they have documented; which is exactly what I did.
After training in this elevation training mask (using the correct application) what I discovered is that the most benefit to be derived from it is with TEMPO training.
If you’re not familiar with that term, it is simply referring to workouts such as: Long distance running, rowing, biking or something like getting on a stair stepper at a medium pace for 20-30 minutes; in short, methodical workouts at a low to medium intensity level. I promise you, if you apply this Elevation Training Mask 2.0 to these types of workouts you will see a difference.
Plus, looking at the data captured during this study, like how the elevation training mask keeps your HR from jumping up into the Performance level (168-189 for me) really dictates the applications you should use it in. OBVIOUSLY, this is not something you want to slap on while doing something like 5-3-1, the last thing you should do is restrict the flow of oxygen while weightlifting under extremely heavy loads trying to increase your power. So if you’re that guy in the Squat Rack wearing this Mask with 405 on the bar, you sir (Lanny) are an IDIOT. And on the opposite side of Powerlifting, if CrossFit is your thing… that type of training revolves around metabolic conditioning where you want to get your HR so jacked you feel it in your throat (probably not the time you want to strap on the elevation training mask). Although I will admit for a select few workouts such as Diane, it might be okay, depending on where you’re at personally with your fitness level.
Bottom line, if you are a serious athlete, you should strongly consider this product, and without a doubt this should definitely be taking up some space in your arsenal of gym equipment. Again, there is a ton of literature out there to support this claim, what I’m presenting to you is what I think empirically is the best method of utilization for the Elevation Training Mask 2.0. It also doesn’t hurt that they offer many different designs that help showoff your personality ;). Thanks for all of you that have followed this experiment, and I hope that you are able to take this information and use this knowledge to improve the machine that you are! Attack everyday!
(I DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING FRAN IN THE MASK! Unless you just want a good kick in the nuts)
Disclaimer: Neither Cotten, nor anyone else at the update, have any relevant financial conflicts to disclose – and never will. Stay classy wherever you are…even in San Diego…and Rio Linda
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