Hypoxia training on Hamburg’s peak
A growing number of athletes have been using the hypoxia effect for their competition and pre-season preparations, but what actually happens when the body is taxed at extremely high altitudes?
In hypoxia training, also known as altitude training, the environment of a mountain peak is simulated. Due to the lowered air pressure in the altitude chamber, the body is provided with less oxygen. This results in an oxygen deficiency in the body, which is referred to as hypoxia. The positive effects are an increase of the breathing and heart rate, but especially the increase of red blood cells (erythrocytes), which are exchanging oxygen in the body. Thus, by spending time in simulated heights, oxygen absorption is improved.
Hypoxia training for increased performance
In order to ensure an effective training that increases performance capability, we monitor our altitude training with a performance diagnostic method called spiroergometry at LANS Medicum Hamburg. During the workout, we are conducting a breath analysis that allows us to examine the performance quantitatively and qualitatively.
Hypoxia training offers great potential especially for endurance sports, as it mobilises power reserves and speeds up the regeneration process. Also in other sports that involve coordination and strength, this training method is used more and more frequently in order to successfully improve basic endurance and enhance performance.
Many top athletes are taking advantage of the positive effects of hypoxia in order to speed up recovery and maintain their physical condition after injuries of the musculoskeletal system. It has therefore become an essential training tool within professional training methodology.
The high impact of hypoxia training
Other target groups can also benefit from the compensatory mechanisms that are triggered by passive and active uses of the hypoxia-lab. Patients who struggle with obesity or pulmonary disease experience great improvements through altitude training. Next to enhancing performance capabilities and strengthening the immune system, weight is reduced, the ability to regenerate is accelerated and lung function is optimised.
Thanks to an innovative climate technology, our altitude chamber at LANS Medicum Hamburg creates conditions similar to an altitude of 4500 meters. In a special atmosphere and an exclusive and professional interior in midst of downtown Hamburg, our hypoxia-lab offers custom solutions for any personal goal.
Application areas of hypoxia training
- Professional sports
- Amateur sports
- Mountaineering/high altitude acclimatisation
- Obesity and metabolic disorders
- Lung diseases such as bronchial asthma and COPD
- Rehabilitation after injuries of the musculoskeletal system
- Preventive health training
Positive effects of hypoxia training
- Improving overall physical condition of recreational and professional athletes
- Slowing down the aging process
- Strengthening the immune system
- Improving oxygen intake and transport as well as capacity utilisation in blood and cells
- Optimising the cellular metabolism: improved fat burning and use of carbohydrates
- Increasing physical and mental performance
- Increasing recovery time in sport
Now at LANS Medicum Hamburg: Hypoxia training in groups
LANS Medicum offers you to regularly train in high altitude conditions as part of a group.
- Mondays between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesdays between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
One training unit is comprised of 60 minutes. Exercise at your own pace, one or two times a week. This is not a fixed course and you can start at any time. A 10-unit card (€25 per 60 min) makes billing easy and comfortable.
A sports scientist will define your individual objectives at the very beginning and each unit is preceded by clear instructions. Pre-registration is necessary for organisational reasons.
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