Hypoxic or low oxygen training is becoming popular in Sydney with the emergence of a new series of Fitness centres, Combine Air.
Embarking on the path of low oxygen training, often referred to as Hypoxic Training, we expose our bodies to conditions reminiscent of training at high altitudes. Triathletes have been using low oxygen trianing for years, as have many athletes in preparation for big races.
Imagine jogging through the serene landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, where the air is crisp, and oxygen levels are significantly lower.
Hypoxic training mimics these conditions, compelling our bodies to adapt and optimise oxygen utilisation and delivery to our muscles.
The Science Behind the Breath
When our muscles are exposed to reduced oxygen levels during hypoxic training, a fascinating physiological adaptation occurs.
Our bodies, ever so resilient and adaptive, enhance the production of erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone pivotal in boosting the production of red blood cells.
These red warriors, in turn, enhance the oxygen-carrying capacity of our blood, ensuring our muscles are well-fed with the vital O2, even in conditions where it’s scant.
Accelerating Fitness and Weight Loss: The Hypoxic Advantage
The beauty of hypoxic training lies in its ability to amplify metabolic rates, accelerating both fitness gains and weight loss.
With reduced oxygen availability, our bodies tap into alternative energy reserves, notably our fat stores, to fuel workouts.
This not only accelerates fat loss but also enhances metabolic efficiency, ensuring we burn calories at an elevated rate, even post-workout – as the burn keeps going.
Hypoxic training catapults our endurance and stamina quickly by enhancing mitochondrial efficiency, ensuring our muscles are optimised for prolonged activities, even in oxygen-scarce conditions.
This means, whether you’re sprinting through the final kilometre or powering through the last set of squats, your muscles are primed to push through with vigor and resilience. And this can inturn effect out mental capacity for resilience.
Safety First: Navigating Through Hypoxic Training Mindfully
While the benefits of hypoxic training can be incredible, it’s pivotal to approach it with caution and mindfulness.
Ensuring you’re medically cleared, gradually acclimatising your body to reduced oxygen levels, and paying attention to its responses is paramount.
As the experts say, fitness is not just a goal; it’s a journey, where safety and mindfulness should be steadfast companions.