Elevation Training Mask 2.0 Review

Let me begin by saying that this is not for the faint of heart and definitely for the faint of breath. If you have asthma or any other breathing issues, forget about it! And if I need to tell you not use this thing while you’re pregnant please give your baby to someone with a higher IQ who will keep it safe.
I bought the training mask because I’m insane about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In BJJ, one of the most important elements is your breath. When you get tired and can’t breathe you make bad choices and desperate moves which your opponent can capitalize on and he will then ultimately be able to submit you or make your life a living hell. My point being, the better your cardiovascular conditioning, the better your Jiu Jitsu will be.
One of my Clients told me that wearing the mask is extreme. Maybe he’s right but I like to walk the unbeaten path. And hell, I’ve been working out for over 20 years now so I have to change things up in order to challenge myself and keep it interesting.

Workout #1

30 Minutes on Air-dyne bike:
It wasn’t really hard but I was glad at the end of it to take the mask off.

Workout #2

60 Minutes circuit training with TRX, Versa Climber, and Air-dyne bike:
This was BRUTAL. I did 6 min rounds on the Versa Climber and then a bunch of TRX exercises, 6 min on Air-dyne bike and then the TRX, this was repeated non-stop for a grand total of a 60 minutes. I literately felt like I was going to pass out. Twice. I had crazy thoughts about my wife finding me dead on the floor with this ridiculous mask on my face. How embarrassing would that be? When I did multiple abdominal exercises without any rest, it was awful. Then when I got back onto the Bike or Climber I relaxed and regained my breath but to be honest, I almost ripped the mask off three separate times. And I didn’t drink any water the entire workout because I didn’t want to mess with results.
After my workout I took off the mask which was awesome. Breathing fresh air never felt so good!
Here is a small glimpse of what a workout with the elevation training mask looks like:

Keep in mind you can change the breathing caps to control air flow. It starts at 3000 ft and goes up in increments of 3000, maxing out at 18,000 ft. I started at 6000 ft and now I’m currently using it at 9000 ft.
A WORD OF CAUTION: If your workout consists of exercises that shoot up your heart rate, wearing this mask makes it ridiculously hard to breath and you could probably pass out if your not careful. if you are not competing in a sport where cardio vascular endurance is really important. I wouldn’t recommend using it, but if you do compete, wearing the training mask could mean the difference between winning and losing.

Gluten Sensitivity and Gluten-free Diets: Fad or Fiction

There’s been a lot of talk in the press lately about Gluten-free diets; celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus are tweeting about how great they feel being gluten free (I just threw up in my mouth a little writing that last sentence.) As much as I rejoice that a few people actually know what I mean when I say I’m gluten-free, especially in a restaurant, I hate that someone could make the mistake that I’m gluten-free because the aforementioned starlets are tweeting about it.
For me, being gluten-free is not a fad at all. A few years ago, I found myself getting sick time and again. After a getting sick yet again and going to a new Doctor, she suggested that maybe I become “Gluten-Free” in order to help strengthen my immune system. She tested my blood work to see if I was a Celiac (extremely allergic to gluten) and although I was not, she thought I still may be gluten sensitive. The results of my blood work also found a high count of antibodies that often lead to Hashimoto’s thyroid, which would mean I would be on thyroid meds for the rest of my life. I decided to follow her suggestion and I was blown away by the results from eliminating gluten. Almost instantly I had more energy and mental clarity. I lost body fat and gained lean muscle (and I was already in great shape). When my Doctor and I studied my blood work one year later, every single aspect of my health had improved – AND the antibodies were practically gone. No Hashimoto’s for this guy. The proof was right there in black and white! That was the turning point for me. I became convinced that maintaining a gluten free diet was the superior way to eat. Whether you’re gluten sensitive or simply trying to lose weight and feel better, gluten-free is a great alternative. Of course, eating gluten-free foods is a choice and something I only suggest to my clients. Remember, the best diet plan is always the one you will follow diligently, and it’s usually different for everybody.
People often ask me,  “What is gluten? or What is a Gluten-Free diet?”  Click here to read Wikipedia’s explanation.
I would like to take the time to stress something very important about becoming gluten free. If you find yourself going to the market and buying things like gluten-free cookies and bread, you are still eating cookies and bread.
Keep in mind that a lot of gluten-free products have an even higher calorie count than their gluten filled counter parts. In other words, a naturally gluten-free diet is the best way to go. With the rare GF treat. What do I mean by a naturally GF diet, you ask? Lean meat, chicken, turkey, fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts. This might help; think of shopping the outer perimeter of the supermarket. Don’t buy anything down the center aisles except for toilet paper and things of that nature. Make sure to watch out for hidden gluten -it’s in things you wouldn’t expect like soy sauce and other condiments, but there are gluten free alternatives for just about anything these days. If you’re serious about trying to go gluten-free, I recommend doing your research first and then committing to it for 30 days. You should feel better after two weeks and the wheat should be out of your system after 21 days.
I had no idea how much gluten affected me until I cut it out completely. Most people have no idea they are gluten-sensitive. Now that I’m completely gluten-free I feel like I’ve been poisoned when I eat something with gluten in it. Recently I had a small piece of cake and this is what happened:
I felt like total shit for the rest of the day. My head was cloudy and I was exhausted. All I could do was lay on the couch and ride it out like a bad mushroom trip.