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What is Altitude Training

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Altitude training is training at high altitude or in a simulated high altitude environment for several weeks. At higher altitudes, the air we breathe contains less oxygen. By training our body to adjust to these lower levels of oxygen, our body is forced to adapt – and stimulate metabolic, hormonal and physiological responses which give great gains to our health and fitness.

Increase fitness, performance, stamina, burn more calories and enjoy faster recovery time and less muscle fatigue

When deprived of oxygen, our bodies produce more of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO). This hormone regulates the amount of red blood cells in the bone marrow – and more red blood cells allow your body to transport more oxygen to your muscles.

The air we breathe at sea level consists of approximately 78% nitrogen, 20.9% oxygen with the remaining 2% consisting of carbon dioxide, argon and other gases. When set for 3500m the oxygen percentage lowers to just below 15%.

New research on altitude training also indicates significant metabolic changes that can burn 25 to 30% more calories than training at sea level, making it not only a bonus for weight loss but for time management!

The 1968 Mexico Olympics

Altitude training gained prominence due to the 1968 Mexico Olympics, held at approx. 2240m altitude. At these games, endurance events saw slower times whereas sprint events saw faster times achieved. Consequently, research into the effect of altitude training took off before and during the games and has continued to be researched ever since.

According to controversial Italian physician and cycling coach Michele Ferrari, Lance Armstrong would have achieved the same level of performance through appropriate periods of altitude training without resorting to doping with EPO infusions.

Altitude training is suitable for

  • individuals desiring high-performance training – from aspiring athletes to the general public
  • sporting clubs
  • sporting and adventure associations
  • schools and colleges
  • universities
  • government sporting bodies
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Benefits Of Altitude Training

Alti2ude is not your regular gym. Four key features set us apart from the pack and give you all the tools you need to push bring out the absolute best in your athletic performance.

Who uses altitude training?

The following elite sporting groups regularly benefit from altitude training:

  • Navy Seals
  • AFL clubs, including Fremantle Dockers, Hawthorn
  • Manchester City Football Club
  • Manchester United Football Club
  • Tottenham Hotspurs
  • Aston Villa
  • Liverpool
  • The England Rugby Union
  • The Leinster Rugby Union
  • Worcester Warriors RFC
Frequently Asked Questions

How big is your altitude room?

Our purpose-built 50 m2 altitude room can accommodate up to 20 people at a time. It is the largest publicly accessible altitude training facility in W.A., and one of the largest in the southern hemisphere.

How many sessions do I need before I see improvements?

It takes around four weeks with a minimum training time of two 30-minute sessions per week to get measurable results. Your body needs time to produce more red blood cells and make other metabolic and physiological adjustments. When these adjustments occur, you will have an increased ability to breathe more easily and make the most of the available oxygen you breathe.

What level of oxygen will I be training at?

Our altitude training room can mimic an altitude of up to 5000m where only 10% of oxygen is in the room. At sea level, oxygen levels are 20.9%.

What is the composition of air at sea level?

At sea level, dry air contains 70.09% nitrogen, 9% oxygen, .93% oxygen and .04% carbon dioxide. In our altitude room, we have an oxygen and carbon dioxide monitor. This helps the system to assess the current hypoxic level in the room and will start to pump in hypoxic air/normal air to get the room to the desired hypoxic levels.

How long will the effects of altitude training last?

The effects of altitude training will stay with you for approximately two to three weeks.

Don’t I have to sleep at high altitude?

Altitude training is more beneficial than sea level training. When training at altitude, you will see a significant improvement in red blood cell count, haemoglobin mass, hematocrit and erythropoietin – all of these have been linked to athletic performance. An increase in red blood cells leads to a superior amount of energy, and this can be achieved through a variety of altitude training protocols, in addition to sleeping. Intermittent hypoxic training programs, such as repeat sprint hypoxia are the most effective and have been proven to adapt your body and boost performance by up to 50% while sleeping boost performance by only 5%.

Will I lose power when altitude training?

No. Training at real altitude will make you lose power, but simulated altitude will not. This is because you can combine regular training with altitude training. It is the continuous exposure to high altitude (in traditional high altitude training) that negatively affects power.

Will altitude training make me feel sick?

No. You will be training in normobaric conditions (same barometric conditions as sea level) which will avoid hyperventilation or vasodilation of blood vessels which normally cause AMS. Also, your lowered oxygen level exposure time will be limited.

What sort of exercise equipment will I be using in the altitude room?

Our altitude room regularly holds a treadmill, Concept 2 rowing machines and Watt bikes. This equipment can be rented out individually for self-training, or you can be guided by our coaches following a program specifically designed to help you reach your intended goal. The room can also be cleared to make room for boxing, yoga and other various classes.

Who benefits from altitude training?

Anyone who wants to achieve significant gains in their health and fitness can benefit from altitude training, whether you’re a professional athlete or keen sports/fitness enthusiast. We often see cyclists, swimmers, runners, climbers, hikers triathletes and team sports players such as those playing football, hockey and soccer.

Is it legal to perform altitude training if I’m competing in an event?

Yes, simulated altitude training is legal for any sport. Altitude training was declared legal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. They reason it ‘levels the playing field’ for those competing in less elevated locations.

How can this help my tracking?

Altitude training makes your body more oxygen efficient, so when you are exposed to low oxygen, your body is less stressed and can cope with other physical stressors more effectively.

Is altitude training safe for everyone?

Training in a simulated environment is safe for everyone; however, if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, asthma or other medical issues, we will require your GP’s approval before commencing exercise.

Is high altitude training dangerous?

High-altitude training is no more dangerous than flying. On an airplane, you receive 15% oxygen while altitude training gives you a fraction less oxygen: 13 to 14%. And, given that you are in a screened, regulated training program with constant supervision, altitude training is considered safer than most gyms.

Who else uses altitude training?

Navy Seals, AFL clubs, including Fremantle Dockers, Hawthorn, Manchester City Football Club, Manchester Unity, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Liverpool, England Rugby Union, Leinster Rugby Union, Worcester Warriors and RFC all benefit from altitude training.

How do I book an altitude session?

All sessions are 30 minutes and strictly by appointment. Book an appointment online by logging on to Mindbody. Alternatively, please call 0436 472 206 or contact us here.

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