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‘Sleep high, train low’   Leave a comment

The concept of altitude training is not a new one in the sports world, however the principles have changed. Research has recently shown that it is much more beneficial to ‘sleep’ at altitude and train at sea level, as training at altitude reduces your exercise capacity due to the ‘thinner air’ meaning there is less oxygen available for your body to utilise. Whereas ‘sleeping’ at altitude provides a double-edged sword, as the altitude will improve your oxygen efficiency and circulation, vastly improving your day to day training.

Here at AcclimatiseMe we specify in intermittent hypoxia, so what is it? 

Put simply, we reduce the oxygen available in the air in a safe and controlled environment, forcing the body to react and adapt to the lower level of oxygen available (between 14-7%).

By breathing less oxygen the body learns how to cope and subtle physiological changes occur. Using AcclimatiseMe, you alternate between breathing reduced oxygen air and normal air, and it is this interval in the breathing programme that speeds up the adaptation process.

Your body is forced to learn how to react to less oxygen and then re-adapt to its normal oxygen content in a short period of time which educates your body to use your oxygen supply more efficiently.

This process results in your body conserving precious oxygen in reserve so that when you need it most, your body won’t let you down.

This sounds simple, but the impact can be quite extraordinary, as we can simulate altitude down to 7% oxygen, a 3rd of what is available at sea level, if you can function at this level…..imagine your energy levels and exercise performance at 21%!! To put this altitude in perspective the summit of Kilimanjaro has about 10% oxygen available, talk about hitting the heights!

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Kilimanjaro in all its glory!   1 comment

Kilimanjaro in all its glory!