The Training Mask is Taking a Hit!
Training masks have become a popular training tool over the last few years. People love posting pics or videos of them doing a variety of different workouts...the mask adding a level of 'bad assery' that gets them more likes...but do the masks actually improve performance?
A recent study investigated the claims of an Altitude Training Mask to allow for combined respiratory muscle training and altitude exposure during exercise.
Here's a short excerpt from the study:
"The training mask examined in this study did provide for respiratory muscle training (RMT) and cause hypoxemia when it was worn during endurance exercise. Importantly, the magnitude of hypoxemia was much less than what occurs at terrestrial altitude, and there was virtually no difference between the two altitude resistance mask configurations that were tested. However, just because something can be used does not mean that it should be. Reductions in sustained exercise tolerance and maximal exercise capacity would reduce training quality and negatively impact endurance exercise performance. The training mask caused inadequate hyperventilation that led to arterial hypoxemia and psychological discomfort, but the magnitude of these responses were small and they did not vary across mask configurations"
Here's what some top strength coaches have to say about the Training Mask:
Check out the full study here: