Altitude Training Calgary

Boost Your Performance in Half the Time with Altitude Chamber Training

Author Cory Fagan

Beat your rivals with efficient and advanced workouts!

Imagine slashing your training time in half while achieving the same or even better results. 

Welcome to the next frontier of sports excellence, where TCR Sport Lab's Altitude Chamber technology transforms not just how you train, but how quickly you reach your performance goals. 

Step into our altitude chamber and instantly find yourself training in conditions equivalent to a 10,000-foot elevation. 

In this blog, we'll reveal how altitude training can elevate your fitness, answer the burning questions you have about this revolutionary method, and why TCR Sport Lab is your go-to destination for peak performance.

Altitude Chamber Training

Is Altitude Training Good for You?

You bet it is! Altitude training, especially high-altitude training, is the untapped resource elite endurance athletes have been leveraging for years. It supercharges your aerobic capacity and optimizes your body's oxygen utilization, making you a formidable competitor in any sport.

What is the Altitude Training Method?

In our Altitude chamber, the percentage of oxygen is reduced from 21% (normal altitude) to 15-16% (high altitude).  15-16% oxygen is equivalent to 10,000-12,000ft.  We do not change the pressure in the room thereby allowing you to walk right into the chamber with ease.  You will not experience any headaches or side effects.  Exercising in the chamber works your body in a new way due to the reduced oxygen content.  Whether you bike, walk, run, row or ski, your body quickly adapts and begins to get stronger!   Expect improvement in your respiration, power, speed and overall energy.

7 Hidden Secrets of Altitude Training You Can’t Ignore

1. Open Your Lungs!

Altitude training optimizes lung function, teaching your lungs to distribute oxygen more efficiently. This increase in aerobic capacity directly impacts your athletic performance.

2. Reduce Your Hyperventilating!

High altitude training can lessen hyperventilation during intense exercise. Better breathing leads to a more stable and focused performance.

3. Power Up Your Cycling by 20 Watts

For cyclists aiming to increase their power output, altitude training is a game-changer. Boost your bike power by an astounding 20 watts.

4. Cut Down Your Heart Rate by 10 Beats

Altitude training can lead to a decrease in your resting heart rate by 10 beats per minute, enhancing your cardiovascular health and training intensity.

5. Shave 5 Minutes Off Your Marathon Time

The benefits of altitude training extend to runners, allowing you to cut an incredible 5 minutes off your marathon time.

6. Shed 3 Pounds in Just 6 Sessions

Altitude training is not just for enhancing athletic performance; it’s also a potent weight-loss tool. Lose 3 pounds in just six sessions!

7. Outrun Your Competitors

High altitude training will give you a competitive edge. Leave your friends and rivals trailing behind as you excel in your chosen sport.

What is the Best Exercise for Altitude Training?

The efficacy of altitude training can be maximized through a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises. This includes a mix of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), strength training, and endurance efforts.

Altitude Training FAQ

What Does an Altitude Chamber Do?

An altitude chamber is a room where the environmental chamber conditions can be controlled to mimic high altitudes. TCR Sport Lab's Altitude Chamber allows athletes to experience high altitude conditions without going to mountains. 

How Long Do the Benefits of Altitude Training Last?

The benefits of our altitude training can last for several weeks to a couple months, depending on the individual’s body and training regimen.  However, most participants cycle their altitude sessions by training in the chamber on a “month on, month off basis.”  This is  to keep up their new and improved fitness.

What Do I Bring to Altitude?

Water Bottle and Optional Heart Rate Monitor

Hydration is key, especially at higher altitudes. An optional heart rate monitor can help you track your training intensity.

For Bikes:

  • Cycling gear: Cycling shorts, cycling shoes, shirt
  • Pedals: Not necessary. We supply Look Keo, Look Delta, Shimano Road, Shimano SPD, and Regular Flat pedals.

For Treadmill:

  • Indoor running or walking shoes
  • Running gear: Shorts or tights and a shirt

For Circuit:

  • Workout gear: Shorts, shirt, and indoor shoes

How High Do We Go in the Altitude Chamber?

Our altitude chamber operates between 10,000 and 14,000 feet, offering a three-week rotation to maximize training benefits:

  • Week 1: 10,000 ft (3,000 m)
  • Week 2: 12,000 ft (3,600 m)
  • Week 3: 14,000 ft (4,200 m)

This cycle helps you adapt progressively to higher altitudes, optimizing your body's ability to perform in these conditions.

Can Altitude Training Help Improve My Marathon Time?

Yes, it can! Altitude training can improve your aerobic capacity and endurance, potentially shaving minutes off your marathon time.

How Long Before My Trip Should I Start Training?

To reduce the risk of altitude sickness at high altitude or to maximize your performance in an upcoming event, we recommend a minimum of two months of altitude training before your trip or event.  The longer you train, the better prepared you'll be.

Are There Any Side Effects to Altitude Training?

Some people may experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches.  However, this quickly dissipates by leaving the chamber.  Training in a low oxygen environment has less side effects than spending time at high altitude where the barometric pressure has dropped.  At TCR, the barometric pressure remains the same.  

How Do I Monitor My Progress?

We offer a range of assessments and metrics, guided by our team of sports science experts, to help you monitor your progress and tailor your training regimen.

Can Altitude Training Help with Weight Loss?

Yes, altitude training can boost your metabolism, helping you shed pounds more quickly than training at sea level.

Does Altitude Training Improve Lung Function?

Absolutely, altitude training can lead to better lung function by increasing your body's oxygen efficiency and improved ventilation.  

Can I Combine Altitude Training with My Existing Workout Routine?

Certainly, altitude training can complement your existing workout routine, offering a powerful combination to boost your overall performance.

What is the "Train High, Live Low" Method?

This is one of the newest methods of altitude training that many countries around the world have adopted over the past 15 years.  At TCR, the altitude chamber is at high altitude.   However, you get to “live low” or go home once the session is complete.  You do not need to move to the mountains!  It's a way to get the best of both worlds: the physiological benefits of altitude exposure and the ability to recover and rest properly at home. 

Is Altitude Training Safe for Everyone?

While altitude training is generally safe, those with certain medical conditions, such as heart or lung issues, should consult their healthcare provider before beginning any altitude training regimen.

Why Choose TCR Sport Lab for Your Altitude Training?

  • Science-Backed Approach: Our team comprises sports medicine experts, coaches with PhDs, and sports scientists who tailor your training goals.
  • Comprehensive Services: From personal training to physiological assessments, we offer a holistic range of fitness services.
  • Community and Networking: Join a community of athletes, from professionals to weekend warriors, all aiming for peak performance.

Conclusion: Elevate Your Game with TCR Sport Lab’s Altitude Training Chamber

Why settle for average when extraordinary is within reach? 

TCR Sport Lab offers you the chance to train like elite athletes. The altitude chamber provides a controlled environment to simulate high altitude, allowing you to train harder, smarter, and more effectively.

Contact us today and take your athletic performance to heights you never thought possible.

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