The Cotten Logs

OK HPC Fans, we have a technological treat for you. Some Cotten Training technology that is.

William Cotten with the specific ETM he is using for the experiment
William Cotten with the specific ETM he is using for the experiment
 Have you ever seen the rare person running around with a mask on… that eerily makes them look like the character Bane from the last Batman Movie?
Well….this is what’s called an elevation training mask.
From the actual website: “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.”
Although this makes doesn’t change the partial pressure of oxygen in the atmosphere (remains at 21%) it does increase resistance to the work of breathing which puts a “load” on the diaphragm.  It’s essentially strength and conditioning of your respiratory muscle system which should significantly improve VO2 max.

My name is William Cotten, and for the next 6 months I will be collecting and posting weekly  data as I conduct aerobic training sessions utilizing the Training Mask 2.0.

If you are unfamiliar with this gear, please visit this website and check it out for yourself.


I personally have been training with the Training Mask 2.0 since July 2014, and I believe that is has paid off tremendously. Unfortunately, if you start plowing through the Internet in search of some concert data showing notable to significant gains, you might find yourself sitting idly wasting precious time you could be applying elsewhere, like say… human performance!

HPC is dedicated to helping people find their optimum performance level. Just in case you’re confused, according to Webster, Dedicated is defined as having very strong support for or loyalty to a person, group, cause, etc. Again, this means I want to help you achieve feats of physical performance that you might have otherwise thought unreachable.

During the 6 months I will begin the week at a set distance, pace, and simulated altitude. I will be collecting data daily with the use of the m400 and H7 manufactured by Polar. (If you’re interest in this product, please click here)

At the end of each week, I will conduct the same aerobic training session without the Training Mask 2.0, and collect the same data.

Also, at the end of each month, I will collect more data (like RMR) through the use of a BodPod, aka “the egg”. I will also annotate the amount of sleep each night before the training sessions. And log any supplementation use (to include coffee), along with running information such as drop/cush.

In the beginning of the training experiment, all work will be recorded from aerobic running exercises. As the training weeks continue, HIIT Training, Weight Training, and Metabolic Conditioning will be added in.


Beginning Weeks


Week 1.          1 mile             6:30 pace                   5k Simulated Altitude

Week 2.          1 mile             6:30 pace                   9k Simulated Altitude

Week 3.          2 miles            7:00 pace                   9k Simulated Altitude


As results improve, or physical task seems easier, there will be an increase in one, two, or all of the above factors. However, to help isolate the Training Mask 2.0’s direct influence in elevated performance, the first change will always be the Simulated Altitude.

*All training will be conducted under the assumption of clean nutrition habits, appropriate hydration levels, proper warm-up and cool-down techniques, and suitable mobility work.


“dedicated.” 2015. (29 July 2015).

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