Now there’s a way for athletes to benefit from high-altitude training without heading to the mountains.
The Elevation Training Mask is a device worn on the face to simulate high-altitude training. The mask is based on the concept that “thinner” air forces your body to work harder, increasing your ability to process oxygen.
Athletes benefit from the effects of high-altitude training when they return to normal elevations, showing performance improvements resulting from increases in strength, endurance, and speed.
After researching the mask and consulting with a few colleagues, I was intrigued and decided to try it. I’ve been training with it for the past two weeks. The neoprene mask is actually fairly comfortable, fitting over the nose and mouth, and secured with a Velcro strap across the back of the head.
The concept is pretty simple: The mask restricts air flow, making your lungs work harder. Air flow is restricted by adjustable air resistance valves, which simulate altitudes from 3,000 to 18,000 feet (I’m using the 3,000 ft. valves).
The mask forces you inhale more fully and breathe more deeply (once you get over the initial, “claustrophobic” feeling, it’s actually not too bad).
Potential benefits of training with the Elevation Training Mask include:
- Increased lung capacity
- Increased anaerobic thresholds
- Increased oxygen efficiency
- Increased energy production
- Increased mental and physical stamina
- Increased mental focus
Training with the Elevation Training Mask may be another way athletes can gain a competitive edge.
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