Elevation Training Mask
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- Increases in Lung capacity as your lungs have to work 9 times harder to get the oxygen in
- Increases anaerobic Thresholds
- Gas exchange becomes more efficient
- Energy Production levels rise
- Mental and Physical stamina increase
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As far as performance it really does work when I was in the Marines we would go on runs with our gas masks on to limit breathing. This increases CO2 in the blood which stimulates homoglobin production...or something like that. This allows your body to use oxygen more efficiently.
Hypoxia is a state occurring in humans where there is insufficient oxygen supply to meet demand. Being the wondrous machine it is, the body makes changes and adaptations in order to meet the demand placed upon it starting with increased heart rate, frequency and depth of breathing, vasodilation and increased capillarization to better carry oxygenated blood , pulmonary arterial vasoconstriction directing blood flow to the gas exchange site (the alveoli) , increased VO2max, mitochondria efficiency, power output and energy production plus a signalled increase in natural EPO production in the kidneys.
There are 3 levels of altitude as identified by the International Society for Mountain Medicine with the oxygen content decreasing as ascension in altitude is made. For example, if you were in the town of Eldoret, Kenya, home of world champion long distance runners, you will find yourself at 2400m above sea level with an atmospheric oxygen content of around 14.5%. As you ascend in altitude your blood oxygen saturation (SaO2%) drops with the hypoxic response occurring, however products like these masks will not cause your SaO2% to drop to the levels associated with high altitude training even under the most intense exercise as there is no alteration to the amount of oxygen passing through the mask and into your lungs.
It doesn't take a medical degree to know that if you're at sea level, breathing sea level air (20.Read more ›
All in all this is a very cheap alternative to the actual high altitude trainer systems, the cheepest I have seen is a few thoudand dollars. Why not give it a shot if you were looking into trying to find an edge without spending excessive ammounts of money.
After a bit of use I found out this product is not to be taken lightly. You will starve yourself of oxygen when using this product so do not hesitate to take it off when you start to feel light headed and are seeing stars. That being said, I still stand by my earlier review but only to a point. I did not see any significant increase in lung capacity or for that matter any increase in my body's ability to use oxygen more effeciently. There was an increase but not significant enough to be happy about it. I have done similar training with and without the mask for the same periods of time and have not seen enough of a change for the better to justify it's use.
The mask comes with three color coded filters, each constricting the airflow differently; Yellow: easy, Orange: medium, Red: hard, with the less airflow.
Basically, what the mask does is make the muscle in your rib-cage work harder for air, making it much easier to breath in normal conditions.
My suggestion would be to start wearing the mask around the house for a while without exercising just to get used to it. After fifteen minutes or so, change the filter to an easier one and work out. When it gets too hard, switch to the easiest filter.
Basic work out: 1) walking around for fifteen to twenty minutes wearing the red filter.
2) work out with the orange filter, if it becomes too hard, switch to the yellow. Go back to the orange to cool down after exercising. When you finally take the mask off: ecstasy !
Perfect to scare your neighbors when running with it on at night !
Perfect if you want to look like an S&M deviant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is excellent for conditioning, it really makes you work for air.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Overall happy with the product, however it doesn't seal around my face quite like I was hoping. That is more an issue with my long narrow face than the product itself.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a very, very bad SCAM. These types of masks are nothing more than suffocation devices. Get some Saran wrap and wrap it around your face during your run or workout. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Darrel Clouse
Purchased for son & he loves it. Says it helps a lot for military training.Published 11 months ago by Joyce K.
just as another comment pointed out
this is the exact same as an isreal civilian gas mask with stickers on it that costs no more than 30 bucks
this company expects you to... Read more