• Live high – train low

    Not too long ago, approximately 20 years ago, nobody was aware of the benefits from training after living in high altitude, so this is quite a new development in sports science. To reach results you do not have to physically be at high altitude anymore because there is a way to recreate these conditions in your home.

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FACTS AND SCIENCE

  • Cusco, Peru 13.7% (3400m)

  • Font romeu, France 16.5% (1850m)

  • Flagstaff, USA 16% (2100m)

  • Iten, Kenya 15.4% (2400m)

  • Lake Isikula, Kyrgyzstan 16.9% (1600m)

Live high – train low

Not too long ago, approximately 20 years ago, nobody was aware of the benefits from training after living in high altitude, so this is quite a new development in sports science. To reach results you do not have to physically be at high altitude anymore because there is a way to recreate these conditions in your home.

 

Athletes often have training camps in high altitude to benefit from low-oxygen conditions but there is another option – “live high – train low”, where the athlete sleeps in an altitude tent but lives and trains at low altitudes or at sea level. That means you don’t have to wait weeks or even months to see and feel the gains. The risk of negative effects on your body are minimized because if you constantly live and train in high altitude you have to be careful with the training intensity and you cannot train as hard as you would at sea level, because the intensity puts too much strain on the muscles and there is a risk of damaging your immune system. If the training intensity is too high in high altitude you risk getting fatigued and you may possibly experience increased dehydration and muscle weakness.

High altitude is any altitude above 2400m above sea level. The air pressure is decreased at this altitude which means less oxygen is available. If you train and compete diligently, your muscles burn oxygen faster and therefore demand more oxygen to keep up the intensity.

Athletes use this method to improve their performance. To get the maximum effect you have to spend at least 3-5 weeks at high altitude, during this time the number of red blood cells substantially increases. After returning to sea level for 2-3 weeks your body keeps the red blood cell count high which means you get more oxygen with less effort. Therefore, your muscles can work longer and more. Muscles hurt less after exercise and your body’s recovery time is decreased.

High-altitude system

The high-altitude system stimulates natural conditions when at altitude the atmospheric pressure decreases and the air gets “thinner”. The system accomplishes the same results by pumping filtered air to decrease the oxygen concentration in the room.

The time spent at high altitude benefits athletes because slightly decreased oxygen pressure stimulates physiological adaptations that can improve endurance.

Sleeping/spending 10-12h a day in the high-altitude tent provides enough effect to stimulate production of new red blood cells and at the same time allows you to train effectively at sea level without bringing any risk to your organism because of overtraining and causing damage because of insufficient oxygen delivery to your muscles during training.

Increasing the mass of haemoglobin can help blood transfer and deliver oxygen to muscles, increasing the maximum oxygen consumption (VO2max) and improving endurance.

When reacting to high altitude the kidneys release a hormone – EPO to stimulate production of new red blood cells. If this substance is produced naturally it is not banned in sports.

Using a pulse oximeter will allow you to measure oxygen saturation in your blood, allowing you to monitor its levels.

Most often, because of physiological changes, and because of being able to deliver more oxygen, this system and effect is used by endurance athletes, but you do not have to be an elite athlete to benefit from high altitude training, this system can be beneficial to anyone who does intensive training.

YOUR BENEFITS

You will be provided with complete consultations on how to use the altitude training system in your home and get the desired results (tests before and after using the altitude training system, dietary recommendations and advice on how often to use the system and the duration of sessions for the greatest effect.

We will deliver, set up and maintain the system for the duration of your rent period

You do not have to leave your house, family and friends to spend 30 or more days in expensive and far away camps in high altitudes.

You do not have to spend large sums of money to buy a similar system – you can just rent it for a reasonable price and for the period you need exactly when you want to experience the benefits altitude training can bring

EXAMPLES AND RESULTS

The testing of the system has been carried put with real athletes. In the examples are the changes in pace and pulse of 2 athletes while using the system.

Athlete No.1

Pulse and pace indicators

1.x 02.04.2021. 141/4:20/14km (see 1.att.)

2.x 09.04.2021. 140/4:10/14km (see 2.att.)

3.x 23.04.2021. 141/4:01/14km (see 3.att.)

Data analysis

Athlete No.1 was using the system from 28.03.2021.-24.04.2021, spending on average 10h in the high-altitude tent. The result after 4 weeks at pulse 140 bpm was that the pace was improved by 19sec per kilometre from 4:20/km to 4:01/km. The aerobic capabilities were increased by about 7,3%.

Athlete No.2

Pulse and pace indicators

1.x 16.04.2021. 132/4:51/14km (see 4.att.)

2.x 04.05.2021. 133/4:30/16km (see 5.att.)

3.x 12.05.2021. 134/4:23/16km (see 6.att.)

Data analysis

Athlete No.2 was using the system from 17.04.2021.-17.05.2021, spending on average 9h in the high-altitude tent. The result after 4 weeks at pulse 133 bpm was that the pace was improved by 20-23sec per kilometre from 4:50/km directly before using the system to 4:30-4:23/km. The aerobic capabilities were increased by about 8%.

RISKS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

We suggest using the high-altitude system if you have been training constantly for 2-3 months, if you do not have any injuries at the moment, because hypoxia can hinder recovery after injuries.

Before using the high-altitude system, we advise you to check the iron level in your blood, because low iron levels will affect your body’s ability to produce red blood cells, if necessary, consult your doctor about taking food supplements/products containing iron.

3-10 days after using the high-altitude system your performance level in e.g. races can reduce, the best results usually come after 2-4 weeks.

The body of each person can react differently to this method and the real benefits can differ.

At first being in the high-altitude conditions could reduce your sleep quality, because of the body adapting to its new environment. You may experience headaches, loss of appetite, fatigue and dizziness, but for a healthy person these symptoms are rarely occurring under 3000m altitude.

PACKAGES AND PRICES

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About us

We are the first in the Baltics that officially set up and rent altitude simulation systems. We offer you the chance to live in low-oxygen conditions and get the effect of this training method without leaving your house. We deliver, set up and do maintenance work of these systems.

Contacts and reservations

Jānis Razgalis
+371 28761800

Edgars Šumskis
+371 28339925

info@rentair.lv

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