Hypoxia training on Hamburg’s peak
Innovative climate technology enables us to create the conditions for altitude training in our altitude chamber at LANS Medicum in Hamburg and simulate conditions up to 4,500 metres above sea level. Competitive athletes have been using the hypoxia effect in altitude training for some time now as part of their seasonal and immediate competitive training. What actually happens during physical exertion at such dizzying heights?
During altitude training, also known as hypoxia training, conditions are similar to those found at the top of a mountain. The artificially lowered partial pressure of oxygen in the altitude chamber makes it increasingly difficult for the body to supply oxygen to the muscles (and to the brain and all other organs). This causes a reduction in oxygen saturation in the blood. Consequently, the body is forced to pump more blood through the organism to transport the same amount of oxygen. This leads to effects and is thus a training stimulus for O² uptake, O² transport and O²utilisation, which can be summarised by the term hypoxia training.
A distinction is made between acute and chronic adaptations to the hypoxia stimulus. Acutely, the respiratory and heart rates will increase in order to sufficiently stabilise the oxygen saturation in the blood and the O2 supply. As a long-term adaptation, red blood cells (erythrocytes) may increase. However, this chronic adaptation requires a longer and permanent stay (e.g. over -> life high) and is not associated with individual and shorter durations at this altitude.
Enhance your performance with hypoxia training
In order to achieve the most effective training, we recommend obtaining a performance diagnosis in advance. By doing so, the training stimuli can be individualised and adjusted to the hypoxic stimulus. (A cardiological check is also mandatory for training at a high altitude). During the course of performance diagnostics, we measure the respiratory gases among other factors to gain insights into your metabolism during physical exertion. This allows us to identify individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as to recommend training areas and intensities in order to work out as effectively as possible.
Hypoxia training offers immense opportunities for mobilising performance reserves and accelerating regeneration, especially in the case of endurance sports. However, training whilst being exposed to oxygen deficiency is also being used more frequently in other sports, such as game sports and weight training, given that these conditions improve basic endurance and increase overall physical performance.
In addition, numerous top athletes use the positive hypoxia effect for faster convalescence and to stay fit in the case of injuries of the musculoskeletal system. This is due to the fact that, despite reduced training intensity (e.g. in case of injuries and during rehabilitation) a high training stimulus can be generated for the cardiovascular system. Thus, athletes can prevent losing shape. Hypoxia training has become an indispensable element in professional training methods!
Areas of application of altitude training
- elite sport
- recreational sport
- moutaineering / pre-acclimatisation for travel to high altitudes
- Overweight and metabolic disorders
- Lung diseases such as bronchial asthma and COPD
- Rehabilitation after injuries to the musculoskeletal system
- Preventive health training
Positive effects of altitude training
- Development of ideal condition for recreational and professional athletes
- Slowing down of ageing processes
- Strengthening the immune system
- Improvement of oxygen uptake and transport, as well as increased utilisation capacity in the blood and cells
- Optimisation of cell metabolism: improvement of fat burn and utilisation of carbohydrates
- Increased physical and mental performance
- Shorter regeneration time in sports
We offer two types of altitude training at LANS Medicum:
Altitude training (2000-3000m)
- Flexible course hours, independent training
- Initial appointment, including iinitial test and structuring the training (status quo and goal)
- Choose between five and ten training units
- Individual training sessions can also be booked in the altitude chamber
Mountaineering training (3500-4500m)
- Initial test to determine altitude tolerance
- We offer tickets for five and ten persons
- Furthermore, individual training sessions in the altitude chamber can be booked
We will be happy to curate an individual training plan to accompany you on your way to your personal goal
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