Altitude Training, is it for me?
Altitude Training, is it for me?
Altitude training really gained traction after the Mexico Olympics in 1968. The games were held at an altitude of 3050m where athletes who came from high altitude nations performed well above their expectations whilst competitors from other nations were disadvantaged by the thin air with low oxygen content. Since 1968 athletes have used simulated altitude to gain the same benefits as athletes training in high altitude areas.
When training at altitude many people describe the air as “thinner” which is describing the feeling of fewer oxygen molecules per volume of air. Every breath taken at a high altitude delivers less of what working muscles require. While the effect is most dramatic at altitudes greater than2,438 meters above sea level, a person training at 1,524 meters above sea level can still get relatively similar benefits.
When training in a hypoxic environment erythropoietin (EPO) triggers the production of more red blood cells to aid in oxygen delivery to the muscles. You may have heard of EPO in news stories about performance-enhancing drugs, where athletes used a synthetic version to mimic the body’s natural red blood cell creation. The overall goal for athletes is to allow their bodies to produce extra red blood cells. They head to a competition at lower elevations to take advantage of their changed physiology, which lasts for 10 to 20 days.
As Simulated Altitude Training (SAT) has been mainly used on athletes, the benefits have been well tested and documented. However, mainly due to a lack of access, the general population haven’t been able to benefit from SAT.
At Altitude Performance Centre (APC), we provide a safe and professional space for the everyday person to reap the rewards of training at altitude. Translating the last 40 years of scientific research, it shows that SAT will work for people trying to find new heights to their training, greater weight loss and dramatically improved endurance and strength. The increase in intensity also means that rehab or injured clients can train at a much more intense level than at sea level or in a normal gym space.
APC offers different classes that allow our clients to gain the most benefits from training at altitude. APC Cycleand APC Redzoneboth incorporate Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT). The goal of incorporating IHT is to drop the client’s oxygen saturation levels for the duration of the session. A drop in oxygen saturation percentage triggers the physiological responses that improve the oxygen carrying capacity of blood and a greater delivery of blood to working muscle cells, resulting anaerobic and aerobic benefits.
At APC we want everyone, no matter what your fitness level, to be able to access the altitude training everyday and experience training at altitude without the expense and time required to travel to real altitude. We help our clients reach their optimal performance potential. No matter what your ability level or goal is, we have an altitude training solution for you. Get in contactwith us today to explore your options.
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