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High Altitude Acclimitization

ExtremeO2™ — VO2 Max Protocol :

This alti­tude train­ing method helps ath­letes accel­er­ate their body’s adjust­ment to per­form at high alti­tude.

Ath­letes that train at low alti­tude often expe­ri­ence ele­vat­ed strain and dif­fi­cul­ty when com­pet­ing at high alti­tude.  This often cre­ates a per­for­mance advantage/disadvantage for ath­letes that train reg­u­lar­ly at high alti­tude.  These high-alti­tude ath­letes bod­ies are more effi­cient at tis­sue oxy­gen deliv­ery.

Like­wise high-alti­tude ath­letes have a per­for­mance advan­tage at low alti­tude because their bod­ies are more effi­cient at low alti­tude also, so ener­gy pro­duc­tion ben­e­fits by hav­ing more air/oxygen to work with.

These effects gen­er­al­ly occur because high alti­tude ath­letes have more effi­cient oxy­gen, anaer­o­bic, metab­o­lism because

  • Their bod­ies have high­er con­cen­tra­tion of red blood cells
  • Their lungs have greater inter­nal sur­face area for oxy­gen CO2 exchange
  • Their blood to tis­sue oxy­gen trans­port is more effi­cient.

ExtremeO2 — VO2 Max Protocol:

Desat­u­ra­tion Train­ing Method

  1. Fill the oxy­gen reser­voir (don’t con­nect oxy­gen yet)
  2. Warm up on the exer­cise equip­ment until you reach your tar­get pulse rate **
  3. Put on the mask and con­nect to the oxy­gen
  4. Exer­cise for 3 min­utes increas­ing resis­tance to main­tain tar­get pulse rate
  5. Switch to high alti­tude air
  6. Sprint until res­pi­ra­to­ry tol­er­ance — (note desat­u­ra­tion lev­el & exer­tion delay)
  7. Switch back to oxy­gen mix­ture for 3 min­utes (note how long it takes to return to 99%)
  8. Go To 5
  9. Stop exer­tion at 15 min­utes
  10. Con­tin­ue breath­ing oxy­gen until pulse drops 100 bpm.
Repeat up to 3 times dai­ly pri­or to com­pe­ti­tion.  


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