July 31, 2005 In 1968 the Mexico Olympic Games were held 2240 metres above sea level, and highlighted the benefits of high altitude training to sports scientists across the world – elite sportspeople immediately began moving to higher altitudes to train, wealthier countries built altitude training facilities for their athletes and scientists began exploring new ways of tricking the body. The theory is that an athlete’s sea-level aerobic capacity and performance improves with exposure to the lower oxygen levels of higher altitudes because the body’s physiological adaptive mechanisms (altitude acclimatisation) increases blood haemoglobin levels and hence the body’s oxygen transport system. The Altipower personal hypoxicator offers all the benefits of altitude training - increased speed, power and stamina, and improved recovery - without having to relocate to altitude, or even leave your living room. The good news is that everyone can benefit from simulating a high altitude environment, and research suggests that the lower your fitness level, the greater the benefit. Developed by Go2Altitude, the AltiPower is the first personal altitude simulator to reach market in that it is a machine which can be purchased inexpensively and used in the home – previous hypoxication machines (chambers, tents and hypoxicators) were very large and very costly. The AltiPower sells in three versions; the base model at US$350, the advanced model at US$600 and the professional model at US$1000.
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