Hypoxic Altitude Training
What is Hypoxic Training?
Hypoxic training, also known as altitude training, is a training regimen that can help people improve their athletic performances and physical wellness. It can (and has been) used by all sorts of individuals to aid in the acclimatisation to high altitudes where the air has reduced levels of oxygen as well. Exposure to low oxygen air, also known as hypoxia, will be a great challenge for the human body and thus provide the ideal training condition. Athletes, fitness enthusiast and other health conscious individuals all over the world can enjoy the benefits of low oxygen training with a little help from Hypoxico. And now, they can do so where- and whenever: even at sea-level!
Around 1995, Hypoxico's patented technology made it possible for people to reap the benefits of altitude training without the actual need to be at a high altitude. With this technology, high altitude training facilities could be set up anywhere. We have accomplished this through the production and use of so-called normobaric air which is used to simulate altitudes of up to 21,000ft/6.400m. No longer do people have to travel to high altitudes for their hypoxic training needs.
What are the benefits of hypoxic training?
So, what does hypoxic altitude training do? Hypoxic training will provide plenty of benefits, regardless of the method used. Due to the fact that the state of hypoxia -or exposure to low oxygen air- proves to be an enormous challenge for the human body, several physiological reactions will occur. This, for example, includes increased capillarization, which provides greater oxygen delivery to the tissues, muscles and brain. A decrease in average heart rate and blood pressure helps with stimulating the metabolism of fat.
The following physiological reactions have been shown to occur during hypoxic training
- Amplified pulmonary oxygen absorption
- Boosted production of Erythropoietin Hormone (EPO) by the kidneys. This stimulates generation of Red Blood Cells
(RBCs) and enhanced oxygen transportation through the body
- Increased capillarization for greater oxygen delivery to the tissues, muscles and brain
- Enhanced production and rejuvenation of mitochondria (the cell’s hub for aerobic energy production) and mitochondrial enzymes, allowing more efficient use of oxygen for energy production and superior enzymatic anti-oxidative defense.
- Decreased average Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
- Increased production and release of Human Growth Hormone
- Stimulation of fat metabolism
Methods of Hypoxic Training
To obtain these benefits, there are several hypoxic training methods one can choose from:
Hypoxico's Intermittent Hypoxic Training system, also known as IHT or Intermittent Hypoxia Training, involves short intermittent inhalations of hypoxic air interspersed with inhalations of ambient air. Read more about hypoxic training, the available methods, the science behind it and more by clicking on one of the buttons below.