What is Simulated Altitude Training?
Simulated altitude is created by decreasing the percentage of oxygen in the air. Normal atmospheric air consists of 20.9% oxygen, 78% nitrogen with the balance made up of a mixture of gases. In simulated altitude air - the concentration of oxygen can be dropped below 20.9% to create a hypoxic environment. (Go here to learn about how this is different than real altitude)
The most advanced form of simulated altitude system is an Altitude Chamber. This is essentially a hypoxic room that can be designed as a training facility containing various cardio machines and strength training equipment - exactly like a gym.
Altitude training facilities containing specialized hypoxic chambers or altitude training rooms are popping up in several parts of the globe, including London, Chicago and Dubai and especially in Australia, where they have been well established for a couple of years now in Sydney and Melbourne.
At Altitude, we will be introducing the first Altitude Chamber in Toronto, and one of the largest in the world at ~1000 square feet. Our altitude room dilutes the concentration of oxygen in the air to simulate altitudes of up to 20,000 feet with oxygen concentrations of 10% - which is the equivalent of being at the base camp of Mount Everest!
Research suggests optimal athletic performance gains are attained from exposure to moderate altitudes of between 8,000 - 10,000 feet or 14-16% oxygen concentrations. We'll be keeping our room in this elevation range for classes and open gym time.
Interested in being one of the first to try it out? Read more about our 3-month Founding Members program below:
Altitude Founding Members
Become a founding member! For 3 months starting Fall 2019, Altitude will be opening its doors to a limited number of members. As a founding member, you'll be on the cutting edge of fitness in Toronto. You'll become one of the first to next-level training. Your input and ideas will directly impact the development of our facility. We give you all-access altitude training at a great price, you give us your feedback.
Planning a race at altitude? Whistler? Boulder? We can help you prepare so you can have the best experience possible. Looking to set a personal best? We can help. Just want to see the finish line? We’ll help you get there.
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Simulated Altitude vs. Real Altitude
The simulated altitude environment is created differently than the environment at actual elevation (like on top of a mountain).
For simulated environments, it's about decreasing the oxygen concentration in the air.
At actual high altitude destinations, the difference comes in terms of barometric pressure. Want to learn more about the effects of real altitude on the body? Click below