About the Elevation Training Mask

15 Apr

hqdefault[1]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.


Your thoughts?


6 Responses to “About the Elevation Training Mask”

  1. Steve Hare April 16, 2015 at 9:20 AM #

    What kind of results have you seen?

    • Brian Lebo April 16, 2015 at 2:10 PM #

      I’ve only been using the mask for two weeks, gradually increasing the volume of work (sprints, sled pushes). It’s definitely getting easier, and I actually feel like my cardiovascular endurance is improving.

      • Nick Colosi May 26, 2015 at 12:02 PM #

        Hey Brian, congrats on the blog, been following for a while now.

        Any new developments with using the altitude mask?


      • Brian Lebo May 26, 2015 at 12:55 PM #

        Hi Nick. Thanks for following my blog. I’ve been using the mask for a little over two months, and I think my cardiovascular endurance has improved. I used the 3,000 ft. setting for the first month, and increased to the 6,000 ft. setting the second month. I do sprints and sled pushes at my facility; and sprints and stairs at the stadium. I’m still old and slow, but not out of breath.

      • Nick Colosi May 26, 2015 at 2:28 PM #

        Very cool. I’ve heard good and bad about them, but not many first hand accounts from people who have used them. The good being improved cardio performance, the bad being decreased exhalation due to restricted inhalation. Lessens the importance of diaphragmatic breathing. Great topic. Very interesting topic and hopefully more research comes out on the masks.


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