Elevation Training Mask Executive Summary

Executive Summary

Elevation Training Mask 2.0 Sixty Day Experiment

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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.

Diane elevation training mask
Diane in the ETM. Only try this at home…when no one’s watching

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

William Cotten

God Bless and Roll Tide

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10 responses to “Elevation Training Mask Executive Summary

  1. Hey Cotton, thanks for the review. Going to pick up one these and see how it goes. Also, found a review of one these by Brian MacKenzie at Project Endurance. He did use it for interval training – he would run his interval and during the rest periods put the mask on. So – going to use it for tempo work and interval work – will let you guys know how it goes.

  2. Thanks for renewing my interest. I used the TM in a similar fashion as you did (60 days), during your experiment. I didn’t notice a big improvement in my performance. It seems like half of the (physician and physiologist) crowd is divided on the science/intention behind the TM. As a result, I put on the shelf. Were you able to measure your gains (labs, baseline exercise evolutions, etc…)? I’ll be honest, I’m looking for a solid reason to try it again.

    1. Mike, I’m going to see what Cotten says specifically on his measurements. He was calculating gross performance, VO2max, body composition, etc. I know he is a believer in it for his tempo training and lower intensity work just to apply resistance to the muscles involved in respiratory mechanics. More to follow…

    2. First off, Thanks for the comment Mike! As far as measuring the results of the ETM, I was limited to the tools I could utilize. So, I really focused on exercise evolutions as a way to measure progress, and to be honest it wasn’t something that happened very quickly (as everyone wishes it would), but nevertheless there were definitive results. Honestly, I really wish I could’ve had the privilege of getting actual VO2 readings (baseline and afterwards) but the reality is that there are studies out there that have all this information where you could see the charts that prove you will have an increased VO2 max w/the use of this product. My goal w/the mask (since I already knew that it worked) was just to find the best method of application for using the mask. I think you should definitely pull it off the shelf and give it another go. Then again, it all depends what your goals are. If the goal is to walk past the mirror idolizing the reflection in it, maybe this won’t help much; but if you want to be the best functional performance-driven athlete you can be: this helps! Hope that helps you out, and thanks again for your comments. -Cotten

      1. Doc LJ, thanks for the response. That gold for me. I’ll give it another round or 5.

        P.s. Been a while since the MU and 16 school. Great to see fellow knuckle dragging, bottom feeders (You and Schreck) are doing well! KDSA!

  3. Thank you for writing an article that actually explains the right way to use this mask. I am a triathlete and a personal trainer at a big box gym in Los Angeles and I see too many people wearing this while doing biceps curls on the squat rack and while doing sets of 10 at 135 lbs on the bench press. All the people who I see wearing this mask think they are going to get “ripped” just by wearing the mask while just working out with weights. I’ve tried repeatedly to explain that it will only make a difference in your cardio performances, specifically your VO2 max. I have shown them the article on T-Nation that supports your views but they only believe what they read on the box and what they have heard. Thanks again and I will be referring more people to your article.

    1. Thanks Eric. It means a lot to hear from some of our readers, which are some of the more intelligent people I’ve come across in my years of being in the fitness industry. I’m hoping to get one or our endurance Docs to post more on the endurance side of the house so stay tuned.

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