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How to simulate altitude training

Updated July 19, 2017

High-altitude training or hypoxic training is training in an environment that has less oxygen than normal altitudes. At higher altitudes the air is thin and offers less oxygen. Training in a hypoxic state encourages the body to use the available oxygen more efficiently. Hypoxic training also decreases blood pressure and stimulates fat metabolism. While not everyone has access to high altitudes, there are ways to simulate the high-altitude training in your home.

Discuss your high-altitude simulation training plans with a doctor. Make sure your body is healthy enough for the exertion required by high-altitude training systems.

Sleep in a high-altitude tent. Many websites and training speciality stores offer tents with a built-in hypoxia system to simulate high-altitude conditions. A hypoxic tent will cost you at least £1,300.

Train in a hypoxic chamber. Many sports training centres offer hypoxic training rooms where you can use a stationary bike, treadmill or other equipment in a simulated high-altitude environment.

Use an altitude training mask with an oxygen system. A hypoxic mask can be used while sitting or sleeping to help simulate high-altitude breathing. A mask will cost you between £130 and £325 depending on the manuacturer and functions of the mask.

Things You'll Need

  • Hypoxic mask
  • Hypoxic tent
  • Hypoxic chamber
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Bryan Cowing starting writing in 2002 for a local newspaper. A passionate bodybuilder and motorcycle enthusiast, he often finds opportunities to write about these topics to help share knowledge and expel myths. A co-owner of a gym in the Middle East, he assists clients with workouts and encourages them with the appropriate knowledge. Cowing holds a master's degree in English.