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By Daniel Pierce

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If you’re new to Training Mask, you are probably very excited to see the performance benefits as you begin to incorporate it into your training regimen. You will certainly get a lot of looks at the gym or outside running as Training Mask 2.0 certainly isn’t your normal run of the mill piece of exercise equipment. Even better, the Mask has a myriad of benefits outside of performance enhancement. One of the most intriguing benefits of it, is that it can assist with weight loss and reduction of body fat.

For years, researchers have been studying the effects of low oxygen training better known as hypoxic training. The reason being, endurance athletes such as Kenyan marathon runners who trained and lived in high altitude environments had a propensity for better endurance performance versus their competition from lower altitudes with higher oxygen. This observation has spurred much of the research today including entire research centers being built to study the effect of hypoxic training. One such center is the Hermann Buhl Institute for Hypoxia and Sleep Medicine Research at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg Germany.

Under the guidance of Professor Nikolaus Netzer, researchers wanted to gain a better understanding of how hypoxic training can effect weight loss. Outside of performance benefits, hypoxic exercise has shown effects on lipid and glucose metabolism as well as appetite loss. It seemed reasonable some of these effects could have a positive impact on weight-loss efforts in obese people.

Thirty-two healthy subjects (22 men, 10 women) with a minimum age of 16 years participated in the study and were asked to train 3 days a week for 90 minutes in either a hypoxic or non-hypoxic environment. The study lasted for 8 weeks and they were asked to exercise on everyday cardio equipment (stepper, treadmill, and bicycle).

After 8 weeks, the group who had been training in hypoxic conditions lost more weight than the group in the normal oxygen environment. Even more interesting about this study is neither group was following a standardized diet. They were merely asked to follow the training regimen prescribed.

FROM THE LAB TO THE STREET APPLICATION
If you’re preparing for any sort of competition from a CrossFit throw-down, to a BJJ tournament, or just trying to shred some pounds for a beach ready body, low oxygen training a few times a week may help you reach your body weight goals faster. As the study may suggest, using the Training Mask as little as 3 times a week during a cardio workout can help accelerate weight loss.

Netzer, Nikolaus C., Roland Chytra, and Thomas Küpper. "Low Intense Physical Exercise in Normobaric Hypoxia Leads to More Weight Loss in Obese People than Low Intense Physical Exercise in Normobaric Sham Hypoxia." Sleep and Breathing: 129-34. Print.

DISCLAIMER
Please consult with a physician prior to beginning any exercise or exercise program. When undertaking any exercise activity, there is a risk of injury. You should be healthy and familiar with the proper form, techniques, and preparation for the exercises you undertake and the equipment you use. Always use safe techniques and protective equipment when engaging in exercise. If you are unfamiliar with the proper and safe techniques and equipment for the exercises you intend to perform, please seek advice and assistance before performing them. If you are in poor health, or are handicap, ask for the opinion of your physician or health care provider and exercise only under qualified supervision. Discontinue exercising if you experience any light headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, or discomfort and consult your physician or other health care provider.