I have been on the hunt for the perfect athletic mask, and I finally found it.
If you're unfamiliar with Orangetheory, it is a HIIT group workout class. I go 4-5 days a week, and we are required to wear a mask at all times. That means running on the treadmill, rowing and lifting weights all while wearing a mask. I'll admit, this took some getting used to. I started off wearing a paper mask, and I found that my skin was irritated, my ears hurt by the end of the workout, and it was just uncomfortable overall.
The second thing I tried was a paper mask with a silicone bracket inside to increase breathability. This seemed like the perfect solution at first, but I quickly realized I was mistaken. I had to adjust it each time I took a sip of water, it didn't stay in place while running, and it too felt uncomfortable. After reading great reviews from people working out with these, I started to think I was the problem.
However, I did not give up on my search, and my third attempt at finding the perfect mask was the winner. The mask I'm talking about is the:
"The facemask made for athletes—with better airflow, a cool feel, a comfortable fit, and rain rolls right off it."
When the mask first arrived, I didn't see how it was going to work. It felt thick, and I was afraid it would be too hot to workout in. In spite of my doubts, I thankfully decided to give it a shot. As you can probably guess, this mask did not let me down.
It was comfortable, it stayed in place during the workout and it was breathable. What more can a girl ask for?
It comes in 6 colors, 5 sizes, and it costs $30. I know that may seem a bit pricy, but I promise you it's worth it if you're someone who works out at the gym.
Working out with a mask on is not ideal, but this mask makes it more bearable. As long as restrictions are in place, I will continue to wear my UA Sportsmask.