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#1 crustyballs


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Posted 24 December 2014 - 02:54 AM

does anybody here have any experience with those elevation training mask( gas mask type thing) ? makes it harder to breathe to simulate training at high altitudes and increases cardiovascular endurance.
i know that it is maining marketed towards mma and cardio focused athletes but could this have much use in a bodybuilding scenario?
i'm thinking maybe i could cut down on cardio sessions and burn more calories in less time, or some other benefits that might indirectly build muscle or vascularity. can anyone shed some light on these theories?

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 03:44 AM

A guy at my gym uses one. Looks like Baine from Batman lol. He's a deep sea diver and trains cardio like mad with it on. He sounds like Darth Vader while training. But this dude trains hard and says it helps amensley in is job. He doesn't wear it tho when lifting weights?

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 09:03 AM

I've seen two guys at my gym use these...both for cardio only. Neither are the bodybuilding type...Both have runners bodies and do a crapload of cardio.

#4 CMANavy


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Posted 28 December 2014 - 03:10 AM

The thing about high altitude is it takes a long time to climate to it. The second you leave the environment you body stops adapting.

I was stationed so place that was 6200ft and workin out sucked ass. For the week or two after leaving working out at sea level was awesome but it does not last lobster than that.

In short the mask is a waist of time and makes you look retarded.

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 01:26 PM

I can see the benefit of using it while training for an event (triathlon, marathon etc..) cardio-wise..but that's about it.Like he said above...for the average strength trainer...it's a waste.

#6 Muscle-Addict83


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Posted 18 January 2015 - 12:06 AM

Strength training it may be a waste, but bodybuilding it's actually beneficial. I moved from 1300 ft above sea level to 5500 four years ago. It takes 4 months for your body to acclimate ave they are brutal. But after that it's great!

#7 kins38


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Posted 18 January 2015 - 02:16 PM

Saw a tv piece on it where they proved they are worthless.

#8 ad1012


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Posted 19 January 2015 - 04:48 AM

They do not simulate high altitudes. The only way to receive the physiological benefits of training at a high altitude is to actually train at a high altitude. This is because the amount of oxygen that enters your blood is dependent on the air pressure and not the size of the hole you're breathing through. 

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 12:15 PM

Total waste of money.  As already said, you have to live in the environment and not just have on an apparatus for an hour.  There's some merit to the live high, train low theory, but even that has been inconclusive.  

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