Elevation Training Mask: Week 7

DAY 45

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    20min of Stair Climber (15min w/Mask)

Time of Training:      1500

Average HR:               154 bpm

Max HR:                      176 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          5 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:32:30 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   646 kcal burned

Comments:  Same old song! Slow and steady climb to a performance level HR, however, I was able to make it to 171 bpm in the mask. After removing the Mask 15mins into the workout, my HR jumped up a little bit and fluctuated between 172 and 176 bpm for the last 5min.

My Opinion:  Based off the data we’ve seen up to this point, I definitely feel like the elevation training mask has earned a spot amongst the surplus of fitness gear. Correction, the ETM has earned a place among relevant fitness gear (unlike the Shake Weight or FaceTrainer 😉 ).

Conversely, I do not believe that the ETM (based off the data collected) serves an advantageous purpose in any type of high intensity training or traditional strength training. First of all… depriving your body of oxygen while under strenuous load, like in the 5-3-1 program, is not only detrimental and a unfavorable position to voluntarily place yourself in; it’s also stupid and won’t further the goals of that program – namely brute strength.

Additionally, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Metabolic Conditioning (MetCons) are designed to get you to your performance HR zone quickly, and maintain that level for an extended period of time; quite the opposite affect that we’ve seen from the elevation training mask. Nevertheless, I suppose it’s merely speculation without first testing my theory, so tomorrow I will use the ETM in conjunction with a CrossFit staple, Diane. Until next time.

DAY 46

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    Diane

Time of Training:      1348

Average HR:               152 bpm

Max HR:                      165 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          5 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:30:26 Strength Training

00:28:44 Basketball

Total kcal:                   734 kcal burned

Comments:  OKAY!!! So, while it was only a little under six minutes of hell (5:49), it was still hell. I’m about a hundred percent sure this was not just some mental barrier that I needed to put my head down and plow through, I literally felt like I was struggling to get the oxygen needed to continue moving through the workout. Doing this type of training with the elevation training mask led to a lot of unwanted pauses and broken sets, and worse, not once was I able to hit my performance HR zone; which is the entire point of this kind of training. However, if you have forgotten what it feels like to be wretchedly unhappy, then this is for you!

DAY 47

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    Deck of Cards (35:56)

Time of Training:      1627

Average HR:               131 bpm

Max HR:                      163 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          6 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     none

Total kcal:                   432 kcal burned

Comments:  Today would’ve been a “Press” day for my Strength Training session, but instead I just took a CrossFit routine and applied it to mostly press movements. If you’re unfamiliar with the “Deck of Cards” routine, here’s the down and dirty:

Deck of Cards:  Attach an exercise to a certain suit in the deck and draw at random. The amount of reps correlates with the number on the cards. The way I do it, face cards are worth ten, and Aces and Jokers are something that sucks (usually its tire flips for me).

So, like I said, I ran through the deck of cards doing Pressing  movements i.e. incline bench and push-press (plus some TTB) and I did the first 20mins in the elevation training mask. Depending on the type of exercises you’re doing during this workout, your HR can get up there. The exercises I was doing keep my HR fairly low, but you could still see a clear delineation in HR performance with and without the Mask. If you’re doing this workout as a true Metcon, then once again, you’ll probably want to leave the Mask in the gym bag.

DAY 48

Key Factors:

Mask:                          No Mask

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           0 Cush/16mm Drop

Hours of Sleep:          7 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:42:40 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   324 kcal burned

Comments:  Well, today was supposed to be an off day but Lanny decided to send me a workout clip he put together on a charity he was doing for EOD wounded warriors (EOD 130 Workout)so… I’m easily motivated to hit the gym. So today became Leg day, nice and slow heavy leg day. And to be honest, very therapeutic before this Alabama vs Georgia game.

**Come to find out Lanny and Schreck were using 20 pound weight vests instead of the prescribed 10 but Lanny thought the weights in his were 2.5 instead of the actual 5….so he had a 40 pound wt vest on.  It’s good to know he’s just as dumb as I am 🙂

DAY 49 (Off Day)

 

Hours of Sleep:          8 hrs

 

Comments:  To be completely honest, drinking a lot of water to counteract my small celebration for Bama’s victorious win over Georgia. Roll Tide. Now back to napping.

DAY 50

Key Factors:

Mask:                          No Mask

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          8 hrs

Supplementation:     1 Scoop of MP Assault (pre-workout)

Addition Training:     01:16:09 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   490 kcal

Comments:   South Carolina is sinking underwater, so I’m just staying around the house and not running anywhere. Plus, it’s been a while since I had a straight up arm day, so time to do some curls for my girl. And maybe some one arm snatches.

DAY 51

Key Factors:

Mask:                          No Mask

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          8 hrs

Supplementation:     1 Scoop of MP Assault (pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:44:02 CrossFit

Total kcal:                   629 kcal

Comments:   Today was pretty awesome, finally got out of the house. Went to the base gym and did some Squat Cleans. However, what I didn’t realize is it’s day 51! So, tomorrow I definitely have to get my in my mask and cross a couple more workouts off my list before I draft up my finally paper on the elevation training mask.

9 days left!

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