As a coach you’re always looking for new ways to accelerate your athletes performance. One of the new methods we’ve been implementing thats yielding great results is the altitude room. The premise behind the altitude room is that it simulates an elevated altitude which can increase your endurance, increase your lung diffusion capacity, increase Red Blood Cell development and ultimately increase your fitness. Check out USP Athlete Coach and Photographer Clay Cox busting a lung in the altitude room on his way back from his 2nd knee reconstruction!

USP Athlete Clay Cox Altitude Training Facility

USP Athlete Clay Cox Altitude Training Facility

Altitude and hypoxic environment training has been used for many years by athletes across many sports to improve performance. The lower oxygen concentration in an altitude environment causes the body to be more efficient at using fuel and oxygen, and triggers a variety of physiological responses and changes in your body at a number of levels that improve metabolic efficiency.

Hypoxic training sessions can give you a great workout with much less stress on your body, or enhance the effectiveness of any workout you do and make your exercise more time efficient. Clients with limited exercise tolerance (e.g. can only walk) get more value from altitude training.

Collingwood Magpies Altitude Training Arizona
Collingwood Magpies Altitude Training Arizona

Hypoxic training enhances and accelerates the positive outcomes of exercise on:

• Fat Loss,reduced appetite and increased leptin hormone levels

• Diabetes management/prevention and insulin/glucose sensitivity • Osteoporosis and bone density

• Aerobic endurance and energy levels

• Anaerobic fitness and lactic acid tolerance

• Anaemia, due to increased EPO, red blood cells and haemoglobin • Testosterone and growth hormone

• Hypertrophy (lean body mass)and strength training outcomes

• Cardiac surgery rehabilitation

• Insomnia, serotonin and endorphins

Other potential benefits include:

  • Improved dexterity, co-ordination and cognitive decision making under stress and when fatigued.
  • Excites neural plasticity and facilitates positive re-wiring of the brain and central nervous system.
  • Enhanced collagen production,with improvements in wound healing, beauty treatment outcomes and skin elasticity.Altitude training technology is currently used extensively by:
  • The Australian Institute of Sport and many other world class institutes of sports.
  • Many professional sports teams such as Collingwood, Lions, St Kilda, Crows, Suns, Storm, Titans, South Sydney,Tigers and the Bulldogs.
  • Elite sports people (including golfers and formula one drivers)seekingto improve co-ordination and performance under stress.
  • Leading edge executives to enhance their performance, decision making, negotiating and cognitive abilities in stressful and demanding situations.
  • Hospitals and beauty clinics to optimise the outcome for their patients and clients.Training in a hypoxic environment will potentially help you go faster and further, react quicker, think sharper, feel stronger and more focused. Take training to new heights.

For more information and to access Altitude Training click here to contact Jess

All the best,

Joey Hayes