Research has shown that marathon athletes who live and train at higher altitudes manage better with endurance performance when compared to their competition from lower altitudes where oxygen levels are higher. This knowledge was adapted to gym equipment in a bid to – successfully – mimic low oxygen exercise environments, better known as hypoxic training.
Enter the Elevation training Mask.
Endurance, Stamina & Weight Loss
Elevation training Masks work by restricting the oxygen flow to the body – in this oxygen-starved state, several biological reactions take place. The body works harder to achieve the same effect. The Mask causes pulmonary resistance making it harder to draw breath and, as a result, slower deeper breathing becomes necessary. This has the effect of strengthening both the diaphragm and the lungs during exercise and this elevated state of fitness produces greater capacity for endurance and stamina. The key advantage of mask-based training is that training periods can be shorter – and less frequent.
Try the following express routine for hips and thighs and assess the result. The routine can include squats, Pliès, lunges, and leg stretches. Do each for between two and four minutes with one-minute rests in between. Do this three or four times a week, together with aerobic exercise and your body will begin to respond within six to ten weeks.
One under-rated benefit of Altitude Mask training– from a health point-of-view – is that it assists with weight loss and body fat reduction. Beyond performance benefits, hypoxic training has been shown to affect lipid and glucose metabolism and appetite loss.