Sunday, 5 July 2015

Do altitude tents work?

Every runner has heard of altitude training.  The principal is simple: go somewhere high up where the air is thinner and force our bodies to adapt to the decreased oxygen concentration.  These hypoxic conditions stimulate a release of the hormone EPO which causes a spike in the production of red blood cells, increasing the oxygen carrying capacity of our blood. To no surprise, an increased oxygen carrying capacity of our blood enhances performance by improving delivery to our oxygen starved running muscles as we push our limits. It’s legal blood doping!
Many of us have dreamed of getting this extra boost to our performance, but simply do not have the resources or opportunity to disappear to a high altitude location.
Enter the altitude tent.

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