Jazz Up Your Cardio Training
I have the pleasure of working one of the best gyms in the City Of London, a setup with comprises of 4 businesses, City Athletic, The Sweat Shop, The Altitude Centre and Perfect Balance.
You will not find all of this under one roof anywhere else in The City of London so I consider myself very lucky and grateful to be able to work with all these amazing people.
For the past 30 or so months I have been doing the majority of my training in The Altitude Center and we now have this sort of love hate relationship!
“Why “ you ask, well purely because the sessions have been so hard yet rewarding t the same time.
So, What is Altitude Training and how will it benefit you?
The Room is set to 15% O2 (2708m), sea level being 20.9%. The reason it is set at this height is because this is the perfect balance between getting the benefits from the hypoxic air as well and being able to function and perform to your near maximum. Any higher and athletes would seriously struggle to hit target times, recover and to perform at high intensities.
Training at Altitude is intended to provide a stimulus for the adaptation of an individual’s cardiovascular system by means of breathing reduced oxygen. The benefits of training with reduced oxygen intake will induce mechanisms of compensation. The goal of Altitude Training is to achieve higher physical performance and wellbeing through improved oxygen metabolism.
The main benefit that many individuals are looking for is the increase in red blood cells to increase oxygen delivery to the working muscles.
Training at higher Altitudes can help increase your work capacity, so you will be able to get more out of your training session. This is due to extra oxygen being delivered to your working muscle (your body being used to working with little oxygen, it now thrives at sea level), thus promoting quicker recoveries between reps, sets, intervals, and exercises
Here is one of the Interval sessions I got put through last week, which was very hard!
3 x 2 minutes (1 minute recovery) @ 1/2/4 %
4 x 90 seconds (45 seconds recovery) @ 1/2/4/6 %
5 x 1 minute (30 seconds recovery) @ 1/2/4/6/8 %
If you would like to take your Training to greater heights please get in touch and one of our Personal Trainers In The City Of London would be delighted to help.