Hypoxic tent

[quote author=Dr.Ferrari link=board=18;threadid=2534;start=0#21792 date=1035253015]<br />anyone here have experience periodizing the use of their hypoxic tent?<br />[/quote]<br /><br />No <br /><br />BTW nice choice of nickname ;D ;)
good info! guys should stop spending $$$$$ on bikes an get a tent instead!<br /><br />altitude training / hypoxic training update from go2altitude - Read Message<br /><br />
finally! for some reason couldnt cut &amp; paste from my email. ignore all the =20 or e=20's <br /><br /><br />ALTITUDE: THE STORY CONTINUES=20<br />Text by Rod Cedaro (Consultant Exercise Physiologist)=20<br /><br />Mid way through 1999 I was invited to participate as the senior coach at a=<br /> IOC Triathlon Solidarity Camp organised by the International Triathlon Un=<br />ion (ITU)=2E The camp was conducted on the famed Big Island of Hawaii and =<br />coincided with the ITU's first foray into Hawaii with the staging of the W=<br />orld Cup event there - where Australian triathletes Greg Welch and Michell=<br />ie Jones claimed victory=2E Running along side, and after the IOC Solidari=<br />ty Camp, was a high altitude camp coordinated by Dr=2E Doug Hiller a found=<br />ing member of the famous &quot;Lab Man&quot; research group=2E Over the years Doug, =<br />who is now the Chairman of the ITU Medical Committee, has worked with exer=<br />cise scientist, Mary O'Toole PhD from the United States gathering physiolo=<br />gical and psychological information on various facets of triathlon competi=<br />tion and training=2E The purpose of this camp was to assess the viability =<br />of the notion of &quot;sleep-high, train-low&quot; altitude training in the &quot;real&quot; w=<br />orld, with the view to possibly building a high altitude residential camp =<br />on the Big Island=2E=20<br />Fourteen athletes (eight men and six women, aged between 19-35 years of ag=<br />e) from New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Mexico and Sierra Leone, all spec=<br />ialising in Olympic distance triathlon, participated in the 30 day study w=<br />hereby they lived in a military barracks at altitude (2100 metres) approxi=<br />mately 12 hours per day and commuted down to sea level each day to train a=<br />nd simply &quot;hang out&quot; at the beach and seaside cafes in Kona, before headin=<br />g back up to altitude in the evening=2E=20<br />Prior to the commencement of this investigation all athletes underwent a c=<br />omprehensive battery of physiological tests to determine base line informa=<br />tion of VO2max (bike and run), blood chemistry (looking at hemoglobin (Hb)=<br /> and hematocrit (Hct) levels) and body composition via a DEXA body scan=2E=<br /> These tests were repeated weekly for a total of five tests=2E The athlete=<br />s then acted as their own &quot;control group&quot; and completed their own training=<br /> programs for the duration of the study=2E=20<br />Results of this investigation were published in abstract form in Medicine =<br />and Science in Sports and Exercise: 32(5) 1220, S251, May 2000=2E The inve=<br />stigators found on average a 7=2E9% improvement in VO2max for treadmill ru=<br />nning, power to weight ratio (watts to kilograms) increased on average 21=2E=<br />5% over the five week period=2E Hb rose consistently from a baseline to we=<br />ek four by an average of 5=2E5%=2E Hct peaked in week three of the investi=<br />gation at 4=2E8% higher than what the athletes started with=2E Reticulocyt=<br />e (newly formed red blood cells) increased in volume by 53=2E7% over the d=<br />uration of the study indicating a major increase in red cell production an=<br />d release from the bone marrow=2E When one considers that majority of the =<br />oxygen transported around the body is bound to red blood cells, the implic=<br />ation of increasing the number of available red cells becomes apparent fro=<br />m a performance perspective=2E=20<br />Lean muscle mass, as measured by the DEXA unit, was found to actually decr=<br />ease during the first two weeks of the investigation, but then increased b=<br />ack towards baseline levels by week four=2E Overall, the eight male athlet=<br />es and four of the six females were found to respond positively to the alt=<br />itude exposure and live-high, train-low regimen=2E &quot;Improvement&quot; was defin=<br />ed as a greater than 2% increase in VO2max in running and/or on the bike=2E=<br /> The improvements appeared to be strongly tied to changes in the various b=<br />lood parametres that indicated an improved ability to absorb and transport=<br /> oxygen around the body=2E=20<br />Improvements of the magnitude experienced in Hawaii are highly significant=<br /> to performance at an elite level where even minor changes can mean the di=<br />fference between placing on the podium and finishing mid-field in an inter=<br />national standard event=2E As a participant, or rather support team member=<br /> at the camp (i=2Ee=2E I coached one of the athletes that participated and=<br /> drove the athletes 45-60 kilometres each way up and down the mountain to =<br />train and sleep), it became apparent that although the benefits of &quot;sleepi=<br />ng-high and training-low&quot; are becoming irrefutable in relation to performa=<br />nce, there are a number of major practical concerns related to transportin=<br />g athletes backwards and forwards (approximately one hour and a half each =<br />way) when using conventional altitude training practices (i=2Ee=2E A mount=<br />ain)=2E=20<br />This is where altitude simulation devices such as the GO2 Altitude Hypoxic=<br />ator and Altipower devices have found their niche - basically they have al=<br />l the upsides of altitude training without the hassle of actually getting =<br />there=2E It is only a matter of time before &quot;altitude training&quot; for seriou=<br />s endurance athletes in the comfort of their own home becomes the norm rat=<br />her than the exception=2E=20<br />
I think some basic training would be a more effective and cheaper way of improving performance!<br /><br />Doesn't altitude have negative effects as well?
The point behind the Hypoxic tent is that you get the advantages of altitude (i.e. lung stuff and etc) without the disadvantages (Inability to train properly).<br /><br />Unfortunately doesn't do us up here in Jo'burg much good, we need oxygen while training, already got the hypoxic tent advantage from our altitude
[quote author=Rhodent link=board=18;threadid=2534;start=0#21902 date=1035532185]<br />Unfortunately doesn't do us up here in Jo'burg much good, we need oxygen while training, already got the hypoxic tent advantage from our altitude<br />[/quote]<br />You could always ride around with an iron lung strapped to your back ;D