How I Use the Mask
I typically use this mask to warm up on the bike at the gym before my workout. I often use it when doing kettlebell snatches and I frequently use it on short distance runs. If you wear this to the gym, you will get strange looks.
This mask definitely makes you work hard. In my personal experience, I typically run a couple of miles. With the mask, running a few miles can get difficult.
For a beginner, I’d recommend using the mask at the lowest setting 3,000 feet. I currently live at an elevation of 725 feet. The first time I used the mask, I did a 1.5 mile bike ride with the mask at the lowest setting, 3,000 feet. I felt a little strange when done. Not dizzy, but a very subtle lightheadedness. For people living at higher elevations, this probably isn’t a problem. Be careful when using this mask. Everyone is different. Your body will adjust based on the elevation it has acclimated to. Your body will let you know. When first using your mask it has a very distinct rubbery/plastic smell. Over time this smell will go away.
Mask Resistance Levels
The mask allows for two modes of operation. The first mode allows air flow out of both valves, the left and the right. In this mode the mask simulates 3,000 – 9,000 feet. The second mode allows air flow out of one valve, left or right, your choice. In this mode the mask simulates 12,000 – 18,000 feet. The highest setting I have used for runs over 1 mile is the 12,000 foot setting. See the diagram below to change the resistance levels of your Elevation Training Mask 2.0.
- Increased lung capacity
- Increased anaerobic thresholds
- Increased oxygen efficiency
- Increased energy production
- Increased mental and physical stamina
- Increased mental focus