FAQs

FAQs

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How much oxygen is in the chamber during training?

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We conduct most or our training between 13-14% oxygen, outside is 21% oxygen.

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What do I need to bring?

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Wear appropriate gym clothing, bring along a water bottle and a towel.

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How long will it take to see results?

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Our minimum program is 10x 45 min sessions and we recommend 2 sessions per week to gain a noticeable response. However this is a minimum response time and the industry standard is 3 months. You will start to see and feel a difference in your performance, energy levels and recovery within 4-6 sessions. We also provide assistance if your taking part in an event so it falls within your peak performance window.

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I’m not fit enough to do altitude training?

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Training at altitude is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to conduct a workout, the level of effort during a standard workout is 20-30% lower compared to the same workout at sea level. Everyone is continuously monitored on our Myzone heart rate system to maximise results, our specialised training protocols are based around a less is more method were we aim to have you feeling fresh not smashed to oblivion.

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I’m worried I won’t be able to breathe properly?

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At a training altitude of 2500-3000m most people don't even notice a difference in breathing. During a workout you may notice a shortness of breath in periods of effort the same as you would at sea level. The difference is that your body won't be able to work as hard because there just isn't enough oxygen to support all out effort levels. After a period of 4-6 sessions you will notice your ability to push hard will return as your body has had time to adapt.

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Isn’t altitude training just for elite level athletes?

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Until recently altitude training has only been used by olympic and elite athletes due to the cost associated with a standard altitude training program. As the cost of the technology has lowered this style of training has become more accessible to the everyday person. Research shows that an olympic athlete may gain 1-1.5% in performance, as the the fitness and overall health reduces the gains and benefits only grow. For example at AFL level a player could expect to see gains of 10-15% in performance and the average weekend athlete could expect to see 20-25% gains in performance as well as increase in energy and a dramatic reduction in recovery times.

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Why aren’t I sore from my sessions?

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This is a very regular question we get from clients that ride a lot or do regular spin classes. You don't get sore because you muscular skeletal system isn't working as hard due to the lack of oxygen. Every other system in your body is running at maximum level and this is why we use the Myzone heart rate monitoring system. This also gives us the ability to focus specifically on recovery or threshold workouts and allows us the chance to make sure your fully recovered between interval sets. All of the above combined with an increase in mitochondrial density (energy production cells of the body) as your body adapts to the low oxygen environment make altitude training a very powerful tool to incorporate into any training program.

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IS ALTITUDE TRAINING SAFE FOR EVERYONE?

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People all around the world live at high altitudes without issue. However, if you suffer from any of the conditions listed below, it is advised you do not undertake altitude training unless cleared by your doctor -
• Haemoglobin abnormalities
• Pulmonary conditions
• Epilepsy
• If you are pregnant
• Immune suppression issues
• Extremely low chance of altitude sickness

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WHAT DIFFERENCE IS THERE BETWEEN REAL AND SIMULATED ALTITUDE TRAINING WHEN USING YOUR UNIT?

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Using the Altitude Training mobile unit you get all the benefits of altitude training without time away from work and the added expenses of travel.
Simulated altitude only changes the 02% not the actual pressure of the atmosphere like climbing a mountain. For this reason simulated altitude is safer than real altitude as it’s the change in pressure that’s the main cause of altitude sickness. All clients are put through a screening test for safety but if you have concerns please consult your doctor.

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HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL IT TAKE BEFORE I SEE IMPROVEMENT?

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Some see improvement in as little as 3 sessions and some people can take as much as 12-20 sessions. Early improvements show themselves through an increased ability to breathe more efficiently, picking up more available oxygen for each breath taken.

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HOW DO I BOOK IN FOR ALTITUDE SESSIONS?

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Contact us to make an appointment or discuss options for a group booking. Then if you would like to book more sessions, your preferred times and days are discussed and booked subject to availability.

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CAN I CHOOSE WHICH MACHINE I USE IN THE MOBILE UNIT?

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Yes!  We have spin bikes and a treadmill that you can use plus floor space if you prefer to do body weight exercises.  In addition to cardio sessions we run stretch and recovery classes along with breathing efficiency sessions.

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WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF AIR WE LIVE IN AT SEA LEVEL COMPARED TO WHAT I WILL EXPERIENCE TRAINING AT ALTITUDE TRAINING??

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At sea level you are breathing 20.9% oxygen. Our unique mobile unit can reach as low as 11.2% oxygen - equivalent to 5000 m. Best results can be found around the 2000-2750m mark, i.e. 16.4%-14.2% oxygen.

 

THE EFFECTIVE AMOUNT OF OXYGEN AT DIFFERENT ALTITUDES (METERS/FEET);

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DO MANY CLIMBERS COME TO ALTITUDE TRAINING? ?

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Yes, to date we have a 100% success rate for clients coming in for acclimatisation sessions who have gone on and climbed Kilimanjaro and other popular climbs. The centre offers both passive and active sessions. Many report a high level of confidence prior to leaving for their trips knowing they have done everything possible to prepare for a successful outcome.

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WHY SHOULD I DO ALTITUDE TRAINING?

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Altitude training is a well-researched and recognised way of boosting one’s performance, as oxygen delivery and uptake to working muscles is the limiting factor in sports performance.

You burn 3 times more calories when at altitude and this continues for a period after the work out. The more time you spend at altitude will increase the amount and length of the calorie burn.

It’s one of the most efficient ways to train you effectively. You get more for less, as a half hour session at altitude is as effective as an hour+ sea level session due to the lack of oxygen.

Altitude training is a great way to repair and rest the body during injury and keep the cardiovascular fitness you have worked so hard to get. With the extra oxygen carrying capacity and boost in human growth hormone injuries can heal faster.

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IS ALTITUDE TRAINING LEGAL?

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Yes, altitude training is legal for all sports. The World Anti Doping Agency has declared that altitude training is legal after extensive examination, and declared it to be fair, with the reasoning that it levels the playing field for those not able to train and live at elevated locations.

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