More and more top athletes make use of a height tent, simulation rooms, height internships and everything related to 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 ways to push their limits may benefit from (simulated) altitude training. If you react positively to it as a responder during a training period, you can use (simulated) altitude training when preparing 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 recovery takes place at altitude. There is less oxygen in mountain air than at sea level. At sea level there is normally 20.9% of oxygen, if we go to an altitude of 2500 metres it is around 15.5% of thin air.
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