Effects of the elevation training mask on maximal aerobic capacity and performance variables
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This study was designed to evaluate the effect of the Elevation Training Mask on maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max) and performance variables. 25 subjects (13 mask, 12 control) completed a 6-week high intensity cycle ergometer training protocol. Pre and post-testing included tests for VO2max, pulmonary function, maximal inspiration pressure, hemoglobin and hematocrit. Significant differences were seen in pre to post- testing VO2max in both the mask and control groups. The control group improved by 13.5%, while the mask group improved by 16.5%. There were also significant improvements found in ventilatory threshold (13.9%), power output at ventilatory threshold (31 W), respiratory compensation threshold (10.2%), and power output at respiratory compensation threshold (39.9 W) in the mask group only. Results indicate that the Elevation Training Mask can improve maximal aerobic capacity and performance variables.
Exercise -- Physiological aspects