Mar 17, 2021
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a lot of
talk about whether or not wearing a mask during exercise is a safe
thing to do. Amy and Brian breakdown the studies and science behind
wearing a mask and oxygen intake, and reveal why The Exercise Coach
program makes wearing a mask a minor detail in the pursuit of
- Covid has made wearing a mask much more common but a lot of
people are wondering if it’s okay to wear a mask while exercising.
At the beginning of the pandemic the Exercise Coach committed to
following the various guidelines, and that includes requiring
- Generally speaking, wearing a mask is not going to hamper your
workout. A good example would be how athletes have been using
altitude training masks to increase physical performance for
- They don’t strictly simulate being at a higher elevation, but
they do increase the effectiveness of your lungs and breathing
- At ground level, we get all the oxygen we need to perform
optimally. When we feel wiped out and exhausted from exercise, it’s
not due to a lack of oxygen. Even with a surgical mask, you have
more than enough oxygen.
- Studies have been completed that show there isn’t an impact on
physical performance when wearing a surgical mask. They looked at
the effect on blood pressure, heart rate during exercise, oxygen
saturation, and carbon dioxide levels.
- If you have a chronic lung disease talk to your healthcare
provider before performing exercise while wearing a mask. For
healthy people, wearing a mask during exercise is not harmful.
- The Exercise Coach has seen thousands of clients over the past
year and they are still getting results despite the mask. Many of
the clients are actually surprised at how little impact a mask
- The fact that the program is brief and the studios are kept
cool and well ventilated makes the workout experience quite
enjoyable, even with a mask on.
- The workouts are still intense and effective, and since they
emphasize the lowering portion of the training they net better
results than traditional strength training while reducing the
requirement for your body’s cardiorespiratory output to
- Eccentric training produces more force and gets you more
benefits. An emphasis on the lowering portion is an advanced
training technique, yet it’s more comfortable.
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