Altitude training: does it really work?

More and more top athletes are using one altitude tent, simulation rooms, height internships and everything that has to do with this. Many top athletes swear by it, while the scientific basis appears to be unclear. From my background as a competitive swimmer, I thought it was high time to delve deeper into the matter. What about this exactly with (simulated) altitude training?

The short answer: (Top) athletes who are constantly looking for methods to push their boundaries may possibly benefit from (simulated) altitude training. If you like it responder responding positively during a training period you can use (simulated) altitude training in preparation for your peak moments.

The height training principle

The principle behind altitude training is as simple as it is complex. Altitude training means that the training or the recovery takes place at altitude. There is less oxygen in mountain air than at sea level. At sea level there is normally 20.9% oxygen, when we go to a height of 2500 meters it is around 15.5% thin air.

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