Altitude Training, should you do it?

  1. Train for a few months at high altitude, then return to sea level several weeks before your peak competition. This will allow ample time for your legs to adjust to your newfound aerobic fitness.
  2. Live at a high altitude location, and regularly drive to train at a location closer to sea level. This is only feasible in certain locations, but Flagstaff and Phoenix, only 144 miles yet 6,000 vertical feet apart is a favorite locale amongst professional runners.
  3. Build a hyperbaric chamber known as an “altitude tent” that allows you to sleep on a bed that mimics high altitude, while living and training at sea level. Every night your body will be stimulated to produce more EPO, but you will still be able to train at sea level.

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