Our multi-level resistance system reduces air flow through our patented (PAT.8.590.533 B2) 'Resistance Training Device' flux valve system. Training Mask promotes increased lung capacity by forcing you to inhale fuller deeper breaths (breathing against resistance). When your body adapts to the resistance your lungs will be trained to take deeper breaths and use oxygen more efficiently. How does this happen? When you breathe against resistance the lining in the lungs essentially stretches out allowing the alveoli’s surface area to become 'stretched', and this in return allows for more blood flow to the alveoli for improved delivery of oxygen to the muscles. When you increase the alveoli surface area you effectively increase the transfer of oxygen to red blood cells.
There are many breathing devices and respiratory trainers used by professional athletes for sports performance, and by other users for general health and fitness. Some of these devices are invented to increase strength of the respiratory muscles. Numerous clinical trials have found that these devices result in increases endurance and VO2max (maximum oxygen absorption during most intensive exercise), improved lung function tests (VEF, PEF, FVC, and VEmax), lower heart rate for the same load, reduced medication (drugs) dependency and symptoms, improve quality of life scores and lead to other beneficial health effects.
When the air is thinner (lower oxygen density), your body works harder, ultimately increasing your ability to process oxygen. When you return to lower elevations, your performance will show substantial increases in strength, endurance and speed. It's as if you were wearing a suit of armour while working out and then removed it for the competition. It used to be that most athletes who wanted that edge were out of luck - unless they lived near very high mountains, or had an enormous amount of money to travel to training facilities there, they had to settle for the benefits of a hard workout at sea level. With Training Mask, we bring the elevation to you.
When injury forces you to focus on low-impact exercise during your recovery, Training Mask allows you to perform high intensity training at lower velocities and thus produce less stress on the musculoskeletal system. This is beneficial to an athlete who has suffered a musculoskeletal injury and is unable to apply higher amounts of stress during exercise which would normally be needed to generate high intensity cardiovascular training. So when it's not possible to simply 'train harder', Training Mask introduces increased cardio benefit during lower impact exercise.
Training Mask introduces 'artificial altitude' into your training program for a controlled balance of hypoxic exercise and intense workout. Altitude sickness commonly occurs following prolonged (5+ hours) elevation above 2000m. Altitude acclimatisation is the process of adjusting to decreasing oxygen levels at higher elevations, in order to avoid altitude sickness. Mountain climbers follow a proven regime of acclimatisation that progressively builds exposure to high altitude, thereby preparing the body to operate more efficiently in lower air pressure.
Training Mask allows you to make your workouts more efficient, providing the same cardiovascular benefits in as little as one-third the time (of a non-Mask workout). Combining the benefits of altitude training while avoiding many of the pitfalls of traditional hypoxic training methods, Training Mask is a powerful tool for endurance athletes in many sporting disciplines - not just those undertaken at high altitude.
After extensive research and clinical testing at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the unique patented design of Training Mask 2.0 is an unobtrusive, lightweight mask that fits comfortably over your nose and mouth. It truly is the ultimate respiratory training device, used by thousands of athletes all over the world to increase performance.
A study using simulated altitude exposure for 18 days, yet training closer to sea-level, showed performance gains were still evident 15 days later1. The 'living high, training low' protocol examined in this study combines hypoxic exposure with sea-level training; a scenario that is only realistically possible through the use of simulated altitude. Aerobic performance is largely determined by the athletes' capacity to deliver oxygen to the tissues. Exposure to chronic hypoxia is known to invoke blood volume expansion because of an increase in red cell volume (RCV), correlated with an improvement in maximal oxygen uptake (V̇O2 max).
Not only does Training Mask introduce simulated altitude but the resistance created strengthens and stretches your respiratory system - lungs, diaphragm and intercostal muscles. As an inspiratory muscle trainer, Training Mask can be beneficial to any healthy individual.
1. Eighteen days of “living high, training low” stimulate erythropoiesis and enhance aerobic performance in elite middle-distance runners (Journal of Applied Physiology Vol. 100)
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Belinda Granger is a beloved and respected figure in Australian Sport with her name going down in history as one of the world's most accomplished female endurance athletes of all time. Belinda has been a professional Triathlete for 16 years although she has been competing in the sport for over 20 years. She has completed 50 Ironman Distance Triathlons of which 15 saw her stand at the top of the podium.View Belinda Granger's profile