Altitude Training for Athletes

Altitude training improves physical performance at sea-level and at altitude by enhancing muscle function and increasing the body’s ability to uptake and transport oxygen. Through sleeping, exercising, and/or intermittent breathing, individuals and teams can naturally and legally increase power, endurance and recovery.

Athletes in every sport are now realizing the performance benefits that altitude training can have on strength, power and endurance.  Through a combination of sleeping in normobaric hypoxia and exercising at altitude 2-3 times per week, athletes can increase performance to otherwise unachievable levels. Scientific studies have shown improvements in VO2 Max and Lactate Threshold by as much as 10%.

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The proper altitude training program can substantially boost body’s oxygen transport systems through enhanced ventilation, naturally increased EPO production and increased mitochondrial efficiency. This will allow more efficient energy production both aerobically as well as anaerobically. Ultimately this will allow the athlete to experience:

  • Increased endurance and speed
  • Less Fatigue
  • Improved recovery

Altitude Training Strategies:

Depending on the demands of your sport, there are many different ways to apply Hypoxico technology to your training. We are happy to provide free consultation on best practices based on your athletic goals. As it pertains to strategy, there are three specific methodologies that we encourage our clients to implement. Keep in mind, these protocols can be mixed and matched to fit your lifestyle and achieve maximum adaptation. Some clients will use just one while others will consistency implement all three. Explore the links below for more information:

  1. Sleeping at Altitude
  2. Exercising at Altitude
  3. Intermittent Hypoxic Breathing (Passive)

Altitude training has been proven to provide the following benefits to athletes:

  • Increase VO2 max and lactate threshold.
  • Increase power output and Speed.
  • Enhance Endurance and Stamina.
  • Reduce recovery time.
  • Increased capillarisation (density and length), enabling increased oxygen delivery to tissues.
  • Boost in mitochondrial enzymes allowing more efficient use of oxygen for energy production.
  • Decreased heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Increased production and release of human growth hormone.
  • Stimulation on fat-burning metabolism.

Professional triathlete, Helle Fredrickson, maximizing recovery between sessions. Many people now combine Hypoxico with recovery boot technology.

Featured Sports Clients

Triathlon

  • Jan Frodeno
  • Gwen Jorgensen
  • Heather Jackson
  • Craig Alexander
  • Heather and Trevor Wurtele
  • Ben Hoffman
  • Helle Fredrickson
  • Mathias Hecht
  • Lesley Patterson
  • Matt Chrabot
  • Jimmy Johnson

Running

  • Shalane Flanagan
  • Jordan Hasay
  • Timothy Olson
  • Ellie Greenwood
  • Ben True
  • Karl Meltzer
  • Hal Koerner
  • Reid Coolsaet
  • Carlos Sa
  • Sebastien Chaigneau
  • Fernanda Maciel
  • Ryan Sandes
  • Aliza Lapierre
  • Devon Yanko

Cycling

  • Virtually every grand tour cycling team in the world

Combat Sports

  • Nonito Donaire
  • Marlen Esparza
  • Amir Khan
  • Karim Mayfield
  • Lamont Peterson
  • Cung Lee
  • BJ Penn
  • Frank Mir
  • Dan Henderson

Teams and team sport athletes

  • New York Jets
  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Mike Mitchell
  • Miami Heat
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Lebron James
  • Houston Rockets
  • Manchester United
  • Aston Villa
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • English World Cup Team
  • USA World Cup Team

In addition, Hypoxico works directly with the USA Olympic Committee and other international olympic federations. Most recently, Hypoxico installed an environmental simulation chamber in the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs that simulates not only altitude, but also temperature and humidity. The chamber helped the USA earn the most medals at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

“The Hypoxico Altitude System has been an incredible addition to our strength and conditioning program. It’s a revolutionary, cutting edge way of training that gives us an advantage over the regular day to day methods of conditioning our athletes.”
– Tommy Moffitt (Head Strength Coach, LSU Football)

“Having now slept in this tent for 7 months, I can clearly see the training benefit of this. It really works. We initially got it because Nathan needed to adapt to altitude for Hardrock but we have continued to use it since we have seen and felt the benefits to our overall fitness. My resting heart rate is lower, my oxygen capacity has increased, my body fat is lower and I am sure my V02 max has increased as well. Often times we will be running along quite fast and are able to hold a casual conversation and not feel winded at all. This purchase was a huge boon for our supplemental training
– Devon Crosby Helms, Pro Ultrarunner