Training Masks – Do They Work?

This article’s purpose will be to discuss the importance of using a training mask in your everyday workouts and training. There has been a lot of discussion about it, and whether it actually helps improve your performance. We know of course big stars like Marshawn Lynch that loves wearing it during workouts and would probably love to wear it during the games (I heard he will be playing for the Raiders – we will see.)

There actually has been a lot of debate about it, and half of the people love it, while others question it. I happen to be a Physical Therapist, and a lot of my work focuses on respiratory physiology and training, so I believe to have some insightful information for anyone curious about it. Before we jump in though, let’s get the facts straight regarding what Training Mask actually believes their product does:

A lot of athletes train in high altitudes in order to get more red blood cells in their cardiovascular system, which as we know carry the oxygen to our tissue. That of course has been scientifically proven and indeed helps with the performance of the athletes. It is a natural dope substance that is allowed in the games. Training Mask claims to have the same natural effect with training up in the mountains…only you can do this at sea level. Basically what it does is restrain the flow of air/oxygen your lunges get, making you work much harder (increasing your cardio beeps) than what you would naturally work. Scientists and many people that believe training mask doesn’t work as a product will say that even athletes in the mountains, train there for a few months before coming down to the games. That basically suggesting there is a time factor to be involved. But looking at this from a medical point of view and a question of: does it help even a little bit – there I have to vote for the training mask, hands down.

I mean if athletes can do something in their training that even helps them perform 5% better than before, that is something! Do that over time or throughout a whole team, and you can pretty much improve the performance in a game by a lot! The numbers just add up. So I don’t really care to get into the debate “does the training mask have the exact same results as the mountains do” but what I can say (and this being a professional opinion – not just some competitor) is that it definitely helps you one way or another: it increases the difficulty of your exercise, making your heart work harder and that ties in to what we were discussing earlier today. There is no way the training mask can harm you…I can tell you that! And since we know that it will make your training more difficult, making your heart and lungs work harder (including the breathing muscles) then it definitely helps you, regardless of whether you are an NFL player or someone working out to stay fit!

We plan to take this one step further, and officially say that: not only does the training mask work for athletes, but also whoever claims anything else, is lying: either intentionally or because of ignorance. When you make your heart and lungs work harder, there is no way someone could say (I don’t care who it is) that it does’t help. It’s just common sense and people need to start adapting to the real world and some logic, instead of being stuck in the lab and believing they are useful components of society. That of course ties into another discussion we had. Just to make myself clear: I am not being paid a penny from the Training Mask company to say this. None of us that work on this site, are being paid anything! We just all hate wanna be scientists, that still live in their mother’s basements and can’t make a comfortable living for them and their families. They are a disgrace to society!

Kudos to the Training Mask company and keep on making those products. I hear they are launching training mask 3.0 very soon so that will be exciting!

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