Why Train at Altitude?
It's all about VO2 Max
VO2 Max is the maximum amount of oxygen your body can consume, or take in, during physical exertion. Training in a hypoxic environment (high-altitude) has been scientifically proven to increase one's VO2 Max.
How, you may ask? At sea-level, there is 20.9% oxygen in the air we breathe. Our lungs are accustomed to this concentration, absorbing oxygen to be distributed throughout the body via red blood cells. At higher altitude there is less oxygen in the air, forcing our lungs to 'work harder' trying to absorb the same amount of oxygen we experience at sea-level.
Training at altitude conditions our lungs and body to adjust to less oxygen available in the air. Then, once back at sea-level our body is still working as if we are in a hypoxic environment. Over time this training elevates your lungs and body to obtain a higher VO2 Max, just like lifting weights builds muscle.
A higher VO2 Max means more oxygen can now be delivered throughout your body to benefit:
Significantly Higher Caloric Burn
Enhance Stamina and Endurance
Increase Speed, Power and Explosiveness