Benefits of High-Altitude Training
If you are looking for an edge on the competition, then high-altitude training may be just the thing for you. Coaches and professional athletes around the world have been utilizing high-altitude training with great success since the 1968 Olympics Games. And now you too can train like a professional athlete!
Different Types of Altitude Training
Live High/Train High (LHTH)
This is the model for most training camps. Originally, LHTH was considered to be the best altitude training method. But as it turns out, if the altitude is too high (over 8,000 ft-10,000 ft), it makes it difficult for athletes to reach the training intensity necessary to improve performance. And proper recovery can be difficult at this altitude, making intense workouts difficult.
Live Low/Train High (LLTH)
With this method, athletes remains at low altitude most of the time except to complete workouts at altitude 3-4 times per week. This is called Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT) and it has been proven to impact performance.
Live High/Train Low (LHTL)
This training method refers to sleeping at altitude. While proven to be beneficial, it can be difficult to put in place. The athlete needs to spend a minimum of 12 hours at altitudes above 10,000 feet, which presents logistical challenges. While altitude sleeping tents are more available there is still a barrier for private owners. And another downside to this approach is the possibility of sleeping difficulties and immune system deficiencies.
The High-Altitude Training Institute Approach
At HATI, we offer the best of altitude training. With base camp located above 5,000 ft, we provide an initial elevation that is not so high that you can’t perform on the first few days. But it certainly will not be easy and you will feel the lack of oxygen. While the downsides of Live High/Train High are offset, you can still reach the necessary intensity to make great progress.
Our running camps do not employ any principles from the Live High/Train Low method. However, by adding trips to Flagstaff (at altitudes from 8,000 to 12,000 feet), we take full advantage of the Live Low/Train High method.
But there is no simple answer as to which training is best for you. As such, providing a combination of two out of the three approaches will allow for best results, all in a very practical manner.
Altitude Acclimation Tips
Find out some tips on how to get ready for your altitude training camp.How to Get Ready
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