The Illegal Weapons For Athletes
Altitude training is a kind of practice taken up by some athletes of endurance which includes intensive training of about several weeks at variably high altitudes. This training allows the body of all the athletes to allow their muscular bodies to reproduce more of the red blood cells. Mainly runners, cyclists and footballers undergo this high altitude training at a level of 8000 feet above the respective sea level.
Advantages of altitude training
Although declared as illegal, the training has its own benefits of the development of higher concentration of red blood cell, helps in endurance, and aids in performance improvement, builds a healthy system of respiration and affects the comfort level of the practioner in a positive manner.
Practiced usually by the swimmers, the hypoxic training focuses on the survival and adaption of reduced oxygen level so as to cover more length in less breadths. The deprived oxygen consumption slows down the oxygen flow in the working muscles of the endurer. The application of this training is also declared as illegal for the elite athletes.
Benefits of hypoxic training
The training increases the potential resistance of endurer’s body towards fatigue, efficient use of oxygen and other resources of energy as well as aids the trainee’s body to exercise more without fainting and feeling uneasy.
The distinguishing factor
The difference between the two kinds of endurance training depends upon the platform of these training. Altitude training is carried out at high levels of altitude which lacks sufficient oxygen whereas hypoxic training is carried out under the adverse limitation of oxygen in sea or mainly underwater.
Another differentiating factory is recovery from the after-effects of these trainings. Due to stress and lack of hypoxia, altitude training produces much slow recovery than the hypoxic training in the elite athletes.