ELEVATION TRAINING – Elevation Mask Training
By Ali Crosbie
NW FITNESS MAGAZINE
Training and living in environments over 8000 ft above sea level can increase ones red blood cell production. In turn increasing endurance at normal altitudes. Elite and professional athletes alike have known this training trick for years. Unfortunately reaping these benefits means uprooting and moving away for months on end. A feat most of us cannot do. However, advancements in technology has brought the same benefits of High Altitude Training down to sea level. It’s simple, yet effective and best of all, no traveling to the Swiss Alps required. One such apparatuses is the ELEVATION Gas Mask by Training Mask, LLC. MMA phenom “Prince” Albert and his Advocates of the training mask claim they increase an athlete’s endurance by both making the lungs work harder and decreasing oxygen supply to mimic high altitudes. 1Masks add pulmonary resistance on the lungs. Masks cause the lungs to work up to 9 times harder than it would during normal exercise. This increased workload is said to strengthen the diaphragm and increase the surface area of alveoli. Alveoli are tiny grape-like sacs where gas exchange takes place in the lungs (oxygen and carbon dioxide). The larger the alveolar surface area, the better the gas exchange in the lungs. In turn every breath you take more oxygen gets into the bloodstream. 2Masks increase red blood cell
production in the body. Limiting the amount of oxygen to the body is said to trigger the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) into increasing the production of red blood cells to aid in the oxygen delivery to the muscles and vital organs. Essentially, boosting total blood volume allowing oxygen to be moved more efficiently through your bloodstream. When the athlete then performs in normal oxygen environments they not only experience an increase in endurance but recovery time is also shortened. 3Elevation Training Mask helps condition
the lungs by creating pulmonary resistance, your diaphragm is strengthened, surface area and elasticity in the alveoli is increased. Elevation Training Mask may help get your breathing under control and help with lung stamina; it can be used during running,
cycling (stationary for beginners) and other workouts. If you train with less oxygen you
can eventually go on for longer! Elevation Training Mask is great because it regulates how much air you can breathe in, making it so that you breath less oxygen, in turn making the air thinner (due to the low oxygen intake it’s similar
to altitude training). Following are the changes that significantly boost Athletic Performance when using Elevation Training Mask.
• 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
Elevation Training Mask mimics the effect of High Altitude Training. When top athletes want to improve in their performance, they go to high altitude levels to train, and when they come back to sea level to race, they are performing much stronger, faster, and have more endurance due to the type of training they have been doing prior to the event.
With reduced oxygen consumption the human body changes in several ways. The
production of red blood cells and new capillaries (small blood vessels) increase the transfer of oxygen from the lungs tothe rest of the body. An important natural hormone involved in this process is EPO (erythropoietin). Some say GMT is also fantastic for anyone suffering from asthma.
By: Ali Crosbie