Popular with many elite athletes who have the ability to travel and train overseas in regions of high altitude, many people are unaware of the significant benefits to general health of training at altitude. Hence, we have brought the mountains to you, allowing health conscious individuals and athletes of all levels to take advantage of the benefits related to altitude training at sea-level

Benefits

Whether you are aiming to lose weight and improve fitness, improve athletic performance, rehabilitate following injury or pre-acclimatise to altitude, altitude training systems are now a cost-effective and efficient way of reaching your goals.

Also known as hypoxic training, Altitude Training involves exercising in an environment in which only oxygen reduced air is available. This leads to a number of adaptations in the body aimed at improving the body's respiratory, cardiovascular and oxygen utilisations systems.

Altitude Training & Weight Management

Exercise is a key part of any weight loss plan. It burns calories whilst being performed, but it also causes calories to be burned in the hours following the exercise session, and this is where altitude training can take your fitness program to new heights!

Altitude Training exposes the body to reduced oxygen levels enabling the body to receive the benefits of vigorous exercise at comfortable, moderate exercise intensity while reducing the stress on muscles and joints.

Because there is less oxygen available in the air you are breathing, less oxygen is therefore circulating in your blood (measured by a finger pulse oximeter). It is in response to this that the body makes many adaptive changes as to how it uses oxygen as well as its available energy stores.

This overweight person has very poor carbohydrate and fat metabolism and therefore has a lower exercise capacity overall. The body utilises fat stores differently at altitude and activates the burning of fat stores immediately thus having a greater overall weight loss effect.

The way the body updates and utilises glycogen from the system also changes and thus makes energy consumption more efficient. The equivalent gains of exercising hard for 1 hour at sea level can be achieved in 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise at altitude. 

Minimum time and effort = maximum benefits.

Altitude Training & Sports Performance

Oxygen is the limiting factor of sports performance. When insufficient oxygen is delivered to the muscles, fatigue sets in. Hypoxic training improves oxygen delivery and utilisation at all levels.

Recent studies have shown that simulated altitude training not only improves aerobic performance but can improve repeat spring ability and enhance strength training work outs.

This results in improved aerobic performance, improved oxygen utilisation (VO2 max), enhanced power output and speed, improved strength and endurance, increased exercise-till-exhaustion (ETE) time and reduced recovery time after exertion.

Altitude Training & Rehabilitation

Oxygen availability is a limiting factor to the healing process.

Traditionally methods such as hyperoxic therapy have been used to increase oxygen availability. Hypoxic training on the other hand increases the absorption and delivery of oxygen in the body, so the two therapies can be complementary.

Altitude Training & Travel

Each year, thousands of people ascend to altitude, whether it is for rigorous mountaineering or a leisurely ski vacation.

Mountaineers must spend weeks at base camp acclimatising to the harsh hypobaric and hypoxic conditions they will face in their trek to the summit. Even with this investment of time, and regardless one's physical condition, the risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS) or other factors preventing a successful ascent or running a vacation is always present.

A person's reaction to high altitude is heavily dependent on genetics. Certain people are predisposed to acquiring AMS more severely than others. However, studies show that 80% will suffer the debilitating symptoms of AMS (headache, nausea, insomnia) to some extent. The risk cannot be completely eliminated, but it can be predicted, controlled and significantly reduced.

By exercising in simulated altitude before leaving for an expedition, you can pre-acclimatise and prepare yourself for exposure to extreme altitudes. Through the physiological adaptations attained users can expect the following benefits as a result of such a pre-acclimatisation program:

  • Reduced symptoms of AMS
  • Reduced time spent acclimatising at base camp or ski vacation
  • Improved probability of a successful summit attempt or ski vacation
  • Improved power and endurance 
  • Decreased recovery time and fatigue

Altitude Training Sessions & Timetable

We offer a comprehensive range of affordable fully supervised sessions run by our accredited Flex trainers as well as unsupervised sessions to suit your individual goals.

  • 1 on 1 Sessions – Individual private sessions with a Flex trainer
  • Small Group Sessions – maximum 3 people with a Flex trainer
  • Classes – maximum 3 people with a Flex trainer
  • Acclimatisation – 13% oxygen levels with the option of 1 on 1 sessions with our trainer, small group sessions with our trainer or unsupervised sessions
  • Unsupervised sessions
    • use of altitude room without trainer
    • maximum 3 people per session
    • risk assessment session by a Flex trainer required prior to unsupervised session use

Please enquire about our fees and affordable packages via email altitude@flexclinic.com.au or phone and speak with one of our receptionists on 08 8361 3355. 

Minimum effort = Maximum benefits