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.

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