Altitude Training for Athletes

How does Altitude Training improve performance?

By sleeping or exercising in a low-oxygen environment, the body makes adaptations to improve oxygen delivery to tissues and muscles, resulting in greater muscular endurance, improved power output and faster recovery. Whether you’re a power-based athlete or endurance athlete, sleeping or training at altitude will take you above the competition.

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Benefits of Sleeping & Training at Altitude

  • Improved aerobic and anaerobic performance
  • Enhanced power output
  • Improved endurance and stamina
  • Increased oxygen delivery to exercising muscles
  • Faster recovery between efforts
  • Enhanced oxygen supply to exercising muscles
  • Increased exercise til exhaustion (ETE)
  • Improved vo2 max
  • Increased exercise economy

Altitude Training for Endurance Athletes (Ultrarunners, Triathletes, Cyclists):

For endurance athletes, the benefits of altitude training are profound.  By increasing the number of Red Blood Cells (RBC) in the body, there is additional oxygen available to exercising muscles. This results in increased oxygen carrying capacity, thereby improving endurance and stamina.  As a result, endurance athletes will be able to go harder for longer. Both sleeping at altitude and training at altitude will provide performance benefits for endurance athletes.

Research Studies: Endurance Athletes

Altitude Training for Power/Sprint Athletes (Football, Basketball, Boxing, Hockey, MMA):

The latest research on altitude training has shown short-duration, high intensity intervals to significantly increase repeat sprint capacity (RSC), a crucial component in any explosive-based sport. By improving RSC, athletes will be able to perform at their highest intensity, and then repeat that effort time after time. Exercising at altitude will also increase the capacity to clear lactic acid from the muscles in a shorter time frame, enabling athletes to repeat sprints with faster recovery between each sprint.

Research Studies: Power/Sprint Athletes