OUR VERDICT: Good for improving your respiratory efficiency.
Does it really work and should you get one?
Improved respiratory conditioning is the top priority for most athletes and fighters.
It is a prime factor that differentiates one competitor from the other on the field. This is perhaps the reason why resistance breathing devices have emerged and are currently sold on a large scale. One such device in popular demand is Training Mask 3.0.
How real are claims that it’ll make us better athletes and not only makes us look like weird? Let’s see.
What Training Mask 3.0 claims to do
Boosted endurance and stamina against fatigue are the factors uplifting your training or any physical activity to the next level. If you are looking for these two improvements along with resistance breathing, the elevation mask has you covered.
The mask is handy during a variety of physical exercises by those who love mountain climbing, martial arts, or extreme sports.
Right from brisk walking sessions to CrossFit trainings and from intense workouts to MMAs and altitude trainings, Training Mask 3.0 is a respiratory muscle trainer.
Also called the performance breathing trainer, it helps you face intense contests and exhausting workouts by increasing both endurance and stamina. It comes with six levels, which you can use by turning a dial during a workout.
How Training Mask 3.0 really works
The device looks like a gas mask but it works like a breathing mask.
Now this is important.
It does not dilute the level of oxygen in the air that you breathe while a training or a workout, this it does not emulate altitude training conditions.
What it does is it makes your body put more efforts to breathe. As a result, oxygen efficiency and lung capacity get a boost over time but that’s different from what many people falsly believe.
Science behind Training Mask 3.0
The principle behind the working of this mask is better training to the diaphragm. After all, the diaphragm is a muscle that controls breathing and training it is something that this mask effectively achieves.
Training Mask 3.0 comes with a precisely designed airflow platform that applies different levels of load to the respiratory muscles. This is done through the dial adjustment.
The experience is much similar to doing a lung workout in an unusual way. The mask gives this experience by closing all the airways and making you inhale via two valves that hold adjustable caps. These caps allow setting the favorable breathing difficulty.
Why Training Mask 3.0 is worth a try?
The mask is small enough to reside inside a pocket or training bag without consuming much space. You can take anywhere and use any time you need.
2. Large Dead Volume
One of the major factors that makes the product effective. The volume is similar to other popular breathing devices such as Frolov. This mask allows blending physical activity and breathing exercises for improved oxygen flow.
3. Adaptive Fit
The mask is available in three sizes. Personally, the mask fits nicely around my head and does not move or fall while in use. The elastic straps are responsible for this perfect fit. There is no issue of hair strangling as well.
Who should use the Training Mask 3.0?
This elevation mask might be especially suitable for jiu-jitsu and MMA fighters for the purpose of simulating conditions of being choked. It does also teach how to effectively regulate your breathing in high exertion conditions
Runners, CrossFitters and enthusiasts of other high-intensity workouts and sports may not benefit that much but can treat it as an interesting addition to their trainings.
Is Training Mask 3.0 for everyone?
If you have any kind of respiratory, lung, or heart problem, I would strongly suggest consulting your physician first.
There is no scientific proof that the mask boosts the cardiovascular health or red blood cells. At the same time, there is no evidence of any side effects either.
However, I could notice a mild boost on the heart rate. I can attribute this to the conducive warming effect when the mask encloses the mouse and nose. This is a plus for those who exercise or fight when it is cold.
While I didn’t experience it myself, the training mask can trigger panic if you are using it for the first time. It does makes it tougher to inhale oxygen, which might be scary at first but the more you use it, the more comfortable it will be for you.
Despite huge reservations, my experience was actually quite positive with the Training Mask 3.0.
It does make training harder while balancing my breathing. It actually forces to breathe against resistance and I have found myself concentrating more on my breathing while in the mask.
I would say the mask is definitely worth a try but don’t expect miracle effects on your performance from it.
[2018 update] You can currently get the previous model, Training Mask 2.0 much cheaper than 3.0. If you’re interested, you can find it on Amazon: Training Mask 2.0. Is 2.0 worth it? Unless you are a pro athlete, you won’t really feel the difference.