The best advice that any of us would hope to apply in life is to keep breathing.

For as long as we can.

If you listen to a few trend setting companies that desire we believe their marketing; when we get to high altitudes, not only will their breathing mask keep us breathing but breathing much better.

For as long as we can.

Are you a female athlete who trains hard, maybe running or cycling city hills? Could you use a product that enhances your ability to breathe more freely during extensive workouts?

Do you remember the nose breathing strips when they first came out?

“This air we breathe is precious, and the glaciers helped me understand that and stay focused on that.”…James Balog  

As a refresher, our friends at remind of us their effectiveness. “They seem simple, but Breathe Right Nasal Strips have unique engineering that make them an effective tool for managing nighttime congestion and improving sleep. article, photo article, photo

Nasal strips are made of flexible, spring-like bands that fit right above the flare of the nostrils. The underside is adhesive so that once positioned on the nose, they stay there. As the bands attempt to straighten back to their original shape, they lift the sides of the nose and open the nasal passages.

This lifting action helps open inflamed sinus passages and makes it easier to breath. Nose strips provide relief for congestion due to colds, allergies, or a deviated septum and reduce snoring caused by nighttime nasal congestion.”

Given the amount of their use, especially in football, they have made their mark.

This brings us to the Training Mask promoted by some as the next best breathing mask since we saw the villain Bane in Batman Dark Knight Rises wearing something that helped him breathe that looked like a cross between a Hannibal Lector face mask and a post-surgery jaw collapse supporter.

Is the Training Mask for real? Will it really help you breath better? article, photo article, photo

Here is the premise.

The secret of truly elite athletes isn’t the amount of time spent working out, the intensity of the workout, or the determination to push one’s body to its limits. The secret is the power of respiratory muscle conditioning. Until the Training Mask there was not an effective way to improve pulmonary performance beyond running harder or doing more work sets. Yet even with increased work volume, one may not improve their stamina or endurance beyond a fixed point. This is why top level athletes and strength coaches from prestigious organizations such as the NFL, NBA, and MLB have started incorporating the Training Mask into their programs.

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”… John F. Kennedy

This is what one respected reviewer had to say at, “One final thought: I have heard several supporting statements regarding the psychological aspect of wearing masks during training, especially among MMA fighters who want to simulate what may happen should an opponent try and restrict their breathing. That’s a perfectly fair statement—if wearing a mask helps from a psychological perspective, have at it.”

Let’s visit, the innovative group that says it’s so. “Elevation Training Mask is a multi-patented “Resistance Training Device” that helps condition the lungs by creating pulmonary resistance and strengthening the diaphragm.

Elevation Training Mask will help you regulate your breathing, boost physical stamina, improve Co2 tolerance, increase oxygen efficiency, and sharpen mental focus. Training Mask will improve your overall performance in general fitness, sport, and make challenging chores around the house easier. article, photo article, photo

Our multi-level resistance system reduces air flow through our patented (PAT.8.590.533 B2) flux valve re-breather apparatus. Increased air resistance facilitates you to take fuller and deeper breaths naturally without thinking about it. Deeper breathing equates to improved oxygen delivery to the working muscles which results in reduced fatigue, elevated endurance, and sharpened mental acuity while under the duress of high intensity exercise.

After extensive research and clinical testing from the UNIVERSITY OF NAIT the Training Mask 2.0 has made remarkable advancement in the fitness and training industry. The American Council of Exercise (ACE) has also published some exciting findings on the effectiveness of the Training Mask during exercise. Respiratory training is a new concept in the fitness arena, and the Training Mask 2.0 is the pioneer leading the way. Training Mask believes in continuous improvement which is why we launched the Training Mask 2.0. 2.0 is a light, hands free, functional respiratory resistance trainer that strengthens the muscles you use to breathe.

The diaphragm is the centerpiece of your breathing musculature, and the Training Mask strengthens this muscle better than any other product available. By fitting over the nose and mouth, the mask allows you to maximize diaphragm activation. Correct diaphragmatic breathing requires you to inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth, and Training Mask was the first product on the market to allow users to accomplish this while training. article, photo article, photo

No matter what your fitness level is, Training Mask is up to the challenge through its patented multi-level air resistance system. Breathing against graded resistance will regulate your breathing while under duress which improves your ability to train at a high intensity. In addition to the tremendous benefits you will enjoy from respiratory resistance training (RRT), you will also notice improvements in your stamina from training under a hypoxic stimulus.

Teaching the body to train under low oxygen conditions is something athletes have been doing for some time now by going to altitude. Now all you have to do is throw on your mask and get to work. The Training Mask 2.0 kills two birds with one stone by strengthening your breathing muscles and creating a hypoxic environment for you train in. No mountains required.”

“Cycling can be lonely, but in a good way. It gives you a moment to breathe and think, and get away from what you’re working on.”… David Byrne

We’re going to keep an open mind.

Given the popularity of the Training Mask, many athletes seem to find it beneficial.

Perhaps for you as a female athlete wanting to enhance your workout, the Training Mask might be perfect for you too.

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Sources:, Wikipedia,, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.