Altitude Training

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(TRILAB) - Altitude Training, also known as “Hypoxic Training”, involves exercising in, living in or otherwise breathing oxygen reduced air for the purpose of improved athletic performance, pre-acclimatization to altitude and/or physical wellness.

Hypoxic Training, is practiced by athletes who are looking for a competitive edge. Training for several weeks at high altitude, preferably over 2,500 m (8,000 ft) above sea level, though more commonly at intermediate altitudes due to the shortage of suitable high-altitude locations. At intermediate altitudes, the air still contains approximately 20.9% oxygen, but the barometric pressure and thus the partial pressure of oxygen is reduced.

Depending very much on the protocols used, the body may adapt to the relative lack of oxygen in one or more ways such as increasing the mass of red blood cells and hemoglobin, or altering muscle metabolism. Proponents claim that when such athletes travel to competitions at lower altitudes they will still have a higher concentration of red blood cells for 10–14 days, and this gives them a competitive advantage.

Today, altitude training can be simulated through use of an Altitude Simulation Tent, Altitude Simulation Room, and now Elevation Masks have become very popular-based hypoxicator system where the barometric pressure is kept the same, but the oxygen content is reduced which also reduces the partial pressure of oxygen.

Why this type of training works:

When the human body is exposed to hypoxia (oxygen reduced environments), it struggles to produce required amounts of energy with less available oxygen. This struggle triggers the onset of a range of physiological adaptations geared towards enhancing the efficiency of the body’s respiratory, cardiovascular and oxygen utilization systems. Your adapts and powers up!

The following physiological reactions have been shown to occur:

– Amplified pulmonary oxygen absorption
– Boosted production of Erythropoietin Hormone (EPO) by the kidneys, stimulating generation of Red Blood Cells (RBCs) and enhanced oxygen transportation through the body
– Increased capillarization for greater oxygen delivery to the tissues, muscles and brain
– Enhanced production and rejuvenation of mitochondria (the cell’s hub for aerobic energy production) and mitochondrial enzymes, allowing more efficient use of oxygen for energy production and superior enzymatic anti-oxidative defense.

Some additional benefits include:
– Decreased average Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
– Increased production and release of Human Growth Hormone
– Stimulation of fat metabolism
– Decreased oxidative stress from Free Radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species “ROS”)

Finding Altitude Simulation Chambers & Rooms to train in can be hard to locate as well as costly. The introduction of Elevation Training Mask has made Hypoxic Training available to the masses, athletes of all levels can now take advantage of this training method. I good quality Elevation Training Mask can now be purchased for around $90. (Email me if you are interested in purchasing one, I will be more than happy to supply you with the ordering information)

Elevation Training Mask helps condition the lungs by creating pulmonary resistance, your diaphragm is strengthened, surface area and elasticity in the alveoli is increased.

Elevation Training Mask will help get your breathing under control and help with lung stamina, it can be used during running, cycling (stationary for beginners) and other workouts.

Elevation Training Mask is great because it regulates how much air you can breathe in, making it so that you breath less oxygen, in turn making the air thinner (due to the low oxygen intake it’s similar to altitude training).

› Increases lung capacity as your lungs have to work 9 times harder to get oxygen
› Increases anaerobic threshold
› Gas exchange becomes more efficient
› Energy production levels rise
› Mental and physical stamina increase
› Mental focus gets better

Markus B. / The Fitness Underground / LA - South Bay

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