With the Rio Olympics so close, Australia’s best athletes are ramping up their training to take on the world’s greatest and many of them are using altitude training to boost their performance. Altitude training isn’t just something reserved for elite athletes any more though. There are more and more facilities popping up across Australia offering a simulated environment to push your performance. We spoke to Scott Reynolds, director at Peak Altitude Training in Sydney, about what we can expect from this kind of training and whether or not we are guaranteed to become the next Usain Bolt after a sesh or two.

What is it?

Simulated altitude training chambers allow athletes to get the same physiological response as they would experience training high above sea level through the production of oxygen reduced air.

What does it do?

Due to a reduction of oxygen in the blood, this kind of training can improve endurance, improve metabolic health, body comp and sprint performance. While everybody responds differently, most people will experience an elevated heart rate and more lactic acid production while training in the chamber.

Is it for me?

Altitude training is great for those training for an endurance event to push your lactic threshold and boost your stamina more efficiently than training at sea level. Even if you don’t have a 20km run on the horizon, altitude training can be a bit of fun as a new challenge. Altitude studios like Peak Altitude Training offer circuit sessions and small group classes so if you’re looking to mix things up, you may have found your match!