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Acclimatization & hypoxic training benefits for all backgrounds & abilities.


Acclimatization & hypoxic training benefits for all backgrounds & abilities.


The Benefits of Altitude Training

Whether you’re looking to improve your general wellbeing or take your fitness to the next level,  altitude training provides amazing results, fast.




There is an increased stimuli to the body under hypoxia which induces muscle hypertrophy faster than under sea level conditions, improving muscle strength and endurance.

Your body becomes much more efficient at using available oxygen, which gives you the added advantage of lasting longer at higher speeds.

Similar to endurance, maximum rate of oxygen usage is improved overall. Your body's ability to process more available oxygen improves your VO2max.

IHT provides a time efficient means of maintaining fitness when injured because when you train at simulated altitudes over 2,750m up to 30% more cardiovascular loading can be achieved for the same effort performed at sea level.

Through IHT the body has an increased ability to offset fatigue and enhance areas of functioning that require oxygen, speeding up the recovery cycle.



The body is made to work harder at altitude regardless of whether you are sedentary or active. The result is a higher energy cost at a cellular level which can burn up to double the amount of calories than at sea level.

When you carefully challenge the body to a stress stimuli such as IHT it adapts and becomes increasingly tolerant and resistant to what was your old stress limiter. Now the body’s ability to cope is at a higher level than before.

You will feel less exhausted after a conventional (sea level) training session. Under hypoxia the body has been used to training with less oxygen resulting in the body’s ability to now use the full available amount of oxygen at sea level more efficiently.

Due to an improved oxygen capacity after adaption to hypoxia less volume of air is required to be taken per breath resulting in less hyperventilation.

Training under hypoxic conditions makes the body very efficient at using oxygen. It basically forces you to breathe more deeply, using the whole of your lungs, which in effect brings more oxygen into the blood.

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Want to know more? 

There's been a lot of independent research done about altitude all over the world. For those of you who love sport and fitness science, here are some great reads. 


Lincoln University Report - The Effect of Intermittent Hypoxic Training on Performance 

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Real and Simulated Altitude Training and Performance

Read the full study


Low intense physical exercise in normobaric hypoxia leads to more weight loss in obese people.

Read the full study  


NZ Journal of Sports Medicine - Interval Hypoxic Training (IHT) Impact on Asthmatic Athletes

Read the PDF article on Hypoxico


Radio NZ Interviews Altitude researchers at Lincoln University’s Exercise Science Lab

Read the article at Radio NZ


New Kiwi research suggests altitude can affect performance at lower levels than once thought.

Read the article at NZ Herald