The ALTITUDE TRAINING lab

Club Recharge has one of the few altitude training labs located throughout the country.  Altitude Training is an extremely effective way to improve the bodies ability to transport oxygen.  Along with improving oxygen flow, high altitude training can also increase your maximal oxygen intake, or VO2 max. This is the highest amount of oxygen your body can consume during intense exercise. The higher your VO2 max, the better your endurance.

Restricted Mask Training

Every athlete starts at restrictive mask training before we begin altitude training.

4,000 Feet Above Sea  Level

Training at 4,000 feet above sea level is the starting point.  Your body and lungs will have to work overtime to keep up.

12,000 Feet Above Sea Level

Our altitude training can take your body up 12,000 feet which like training at the top of Mt Fuji.

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ALTITUDE TRAINING

BENEFITS OF ALTITUDE TRAINING

Overview

Altitude TRAINING Therapy

Breathing oxygen deficient air increases the production of red blood cells, increases pulmonary oxygen absorption, Increased capillarization for greater oxygen delivery to the tissues, muscles, and brain and stimulates fat metabolism. Altitude training in athletes is connected not only with the enhancement of effort efficiency or enhanced physical endurance after a return to sea level.

The advantage of altitude training is that the muscles get a natural boost when more oxygen is available during lower-altitude competitions. The disadvantage is that athletes simply can't train as hard at high altitude, even though the training may feel difficult.

How do you train your body AT high altitude?

It is often not practical to prepare by actually spending time up high, but you can train your heart and lungs for altitude, even at sea level. Do at least four hour-long sessions per week of full-effort aerobic exercise, such as running, biking or swimming while breathing sub-normal oxygen air.

At what height is altitude training effective?

Altitude training is the practice by some endurance athletes of training for several weeks at high altitude, preferably over 2,400 metres (8,000 ft) above sea level, though more commonly at intermediate altitudes.

The Science

Physiological effects of altitude training on elite male cross‐country skiers

A significant correlation was found between the magnitude of increase in [Hb] and Hct and the difference in the lactate response to the standard submaximal workload pre‐ and post‐altitude training. Although VO2 max remained unchanged, lower BLa concentration during the submaximal test probably reflects an improved ability to exercise at higher submaximal workloads shortly after training at altitude compared with pre‐altitude

training.

The effects of classic altitude training on hemoglobin mass in swimmers

Hb-mass was found increased on day 13 and was still elevated 24 days after return (4.0 ± 2.7 %, p < 0.05). Hb-mass had only a small positive effect on swimming performance; an increase in performance was only observed 25–35 days after return from altitude. In conclusion, the altitude (2,320 m) effect on Hb-mass is still present 3 weeks after return, it decisively depends on the health status, but is not influenced by sex.

Altitude training for elite endurance athletes: A review for the travel medicine practitioner

High altitude training is regarded as an integral component of modern athletic preparation, especially for endurance sports such as middle and long distance running. It has rapidly achieved popularity among elite endurance athletes and their coaches.