Elevation Training Mask Week 1

Elevation Training Mask Week 1

What’s going on HPC fans?! This is Cotten…

So, today was the first day of the Elevation Training Mask Experience. As mentioned in the introduction of this blog, we will be operating under the assumption that my nutrition, warm-ups, cool-downs, and mobility work is good to go. Since I will be utilizing a Bodpod (once a month) as a way to show signs of progress, or lack there of, I will also keep you informed of outside activities done without the Elevation Mask. So lets start this journey and get see how this training aid can benefit you in optimizing your performance output.

training mask William Cotten with the specific ETM he is using for the experiment
William Cotten with the specific ETM he is using for the experiment

(Below is the format that I will be using for the foreseeable future)

DAY 1
Key Factors
Mask: Elevation @9,000
Training: 1 mile @ 6:27 pace
Time of Training: 0600
Average HR: 153 BPM
Total kcal 873 kcal burned
Additional Factors
Shoe: 0 Cush/0 Drop
Hours of Sleep: 4.5 Hrs
Supplementation
MP Assault (Pre-workout) 1 scoop
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (Post-workout) 1 scoop
Additional Training
Strength Training 01:54:42 (Hr:Min:Sec)
Notes:

Well, if you noticed, unfortunately I didn’t get much sleep the night before do to some procrastination in my Chemistry class. So I tossed back a cap of ZzzQuil and caught the few hours of sleep that I could. Hopefully I’ll get more hours tonight.

Day one in the bag!

DAY 2

Key FactorsAdditional FactorsSupplementationAdditional Training

Key Factors
Mask: Elevation @9,000
Training: 1 mile @ 6:27 pace
Time of Training: 0627
Average HR: 152 BPM
Max HR: 168 BPM
Total kcal 784 kcal burned
Additional Factors Shoe: 8 Cush/0 Drop
Hours of Sleep: 6.5 Hrs
Supplementation
MP Assault (Pre-workout) 1 scoop
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (Post-workout) 1 scoop
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (Before Bed) 1 scoop
Additional Training
Strength Training 01:03:01 (Hr:Min:Sec)
Notes:

Not 100% sure as to the why, but to be completely honest, I definitely was not feeling it today. Nevertheless, I managed to mentally push through and knock out the quick mile before my strength training.

DAY 3

Key FactorsAdditional FactorsSupplementationAdditional Training

Key Factors
Mask: Elevation @9,000
Training: 1 mile @ 6:27 pace
Time of Training: 0635
Average HR: 160 BPM
Total kcal 705 kcal burned
Additional Factors
Shoe: 8 Cush/0 Drop
Hours of Sleep: 3 Hrs
Supplementation
MP Assault (Pre-workout) 1 scoop
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (Post-workout) 1 scoop
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (Before Bed) 1 scoop
Additional Training
Strength Training 00:47:55 (Hr:Min:Sec)
Notes:

Terrible day, God Bless Pre-workout formulas, and due to some unforeseen circumstances at work my sleep schedule was “lacking”. Should definitely have no trouble falling asleep tonight. Looking forward to bed and even more so to tomorrow’s gym time.

DAY 4

Key FactorsAdditional FactorsSupplementationAdditional Training

Key Factors
Mask: Elevation @ 9,000
Training: 1 mile @ 6:27 pace
Time of Training: 0620
Average HR: 158 BPM
Max HR: 172 BPM
Total kcal 641 kcal burned
Additional Factors
Shoe: 8 Cush/0 Drop
Hours of Sleep: 7 Hrs
Supplementation
MP Assault (Pre-workout) 1 scoop
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (Post-workout) 1 scoop
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (Before Bed) 1 scoop
Additional Training
Strength Training 00:55:44 (Hr:Min:Sec)
Notes:

Much better day today with the added hours of sleep, but I can definitely tell that my body is slowly getting ready for a down day. But tomorrow we will be changing up the equation by conducting the same exercise without the mask. And if I’m being honest, I’m actually kind of looking forward to knockout a quick run while being able to take in ALL the oxygen around me. Thanks for checking in and I can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow.

DAY 5

Key FactorsAdditional FactorsSupplementationAdditional Training

Key Factors
Mask: Not Used
Training: 1 mile @ 6:27 pace
Time of Training: 0616
Average HR: 161 BPM
Max HR: 174 BPM
Total kcal 807 kcal burned
Additional Factors
Shoe: 8 Cush/0 Drop
Hours of Sleep: 7 Hrs
Supplementation
MP Assault (Pre-workout) 1 scoop
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (Post-workout) 1 scoop
Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (Afternoon) 1 scoop
Additional Training
Strength Training 01:15:37 (Hr:Min:Sec)
Notes:

Well, sadly enough, if you’ve been trackin’ this since day 1, you might notice the same thing I did today (if you haven’t, it’s only Day 5, look back and check the numbers). The only reason I say “sadly” is because I thought the numbers might be different on the bpm because I wasn’t using the mask. However, it kind of makes since that my body is working a little harder, because the day before this run I did legs which I typically go a little aggressive on; so I know my body needs to rest a bit.

Nevertheless, I will tell you this, I could care LESS how high my heart rate was! Being able to freely suck in some good O2 made me extremely happy. Although the numbers are higher, I “felt” like it was the easiest run this week hands down.

DAY 6 – OFF DAY
Notes:

Today has been nice an easy, taking the weekend to let myself repair and get ready for the next week of testing. Just did about an hour of Mobility work, mainly rolling, flossing, and some couch stretching. And that’s not a joke about lying on the couch; it’s an actual stretch.

DAY 7 – OFF DAY
Notes:

Straight up rest, minus the normal lawn maintenance, house projects, etc. Tomorrow it’s back on the hamster wheel.

-Cotten

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