The average oxygen level on earth is approximately 21% oxygen by volume and mainly experienced at sea level. Let’s take a look at altitude training in a gym setting like Air Locker. In this extremely fun and inspiring environment the athlete performs movements like boxing, body weight functional patterns, weighted resistance training and cardiovascular targeted machines at 14% oxygen within the gym. Air Locker achieves this natural mountaineering setting by displacing oxygen with nitrogen resulting in oxygen molecules being further apart. Simulated altitude training is designed to mimic the effects of training at high altitudes with less oxygen in the air. Having a training environment like this requires preparation, adaptation and recovery to stay consistent in performance and to get the best results.
Benefits of altitude training at Air Locker
- Burn up to 30% more calories during a workout.
- 20% greater EPOC (rate calories are burnt) post workout
- 28% greater resting metabolic rate
- Decrease average heart rate and blood pressure
- Increased capillarization for greater oxygen delivery to the tissues, muscles and brain
- Enhanced production and rejuvenation of mitochondria (the cell’s hub for aerobic energy production)
- Increased production and release of Human Growth Hormone
- Accelerates muscle repair, wound healing and injury recovery.
Oxygen displacement and electrolyte replacement
Displacement of electrolytes is not the same as displacement of atmospheric oxygen levels. We can’t simply displace electrolytes with a substitute mineral unfortunately like we can with oxygen/nitrogen. A non-negotiable for Air Locker athletes is to consistently replace lost electrolytes and not rely solely on water to be hydrated. Failure to do so can run the risk of an athlete developing hyponatremia. This dangerous condition, caused by low levels of sodium in the blood, can lead to lower performance, as well as headaches, nausea, disorientation, and fatigue. As water consumption is increased to meet the demands of higher-altitude training, electrolyte consumption should be increased substantially to meet the body's natural needs. One bottle of Uthrive has 550 mg of sodium on purpose, truly hydrating athletes at altitude. and replace any displaced key electrolytes such as sodium. It is worth noting on average we lose 700mg of sodium through sweat in a 45 minute training session which paints a larger picture of electrolyte importance.
Electrolytes ⚡️Electrolytes ⚡️Electrolytes
Electrolytes play a crucial role in hydration. When we sweat, we lose electrolytes, including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. What we don’t realise is that 80% of Australians walk around dehydrated. Most athletes are beginning workouts dehydrated. Imagine being dehydrated and then sweating key electrolytes out that you are already lacking. Then imagine doing that at 14% Oxygen levels. That’s a wild thought right there.
Electrolytes play specific roles in the body on a cellular level. Sodium which can be found in Himalayan pink salt binds fluid into a cell. It's the outer wall of a cell. Sodium pulls in fluid and key minerals such as potassium inside the cell walls. Potassium is found in coconut water and the base of Uthrive hydration on purpose for this reason. Efficient hydration is not smashing litres of water, rather it is using key electrolytes in addition to water so the body doesn't dilute fluid. Instead we retain fluid. Sodium binding all fluids and other electrolytes to a cell is efficient for hydration and critical at altitude.
Hydrate to reach new heights
Make today count! The body needs to function optimally to have the ability to adapt optimally. The best results come to those who prepare and take their hydration seriously, especially at altitude. At Uthrive we recommend priming the body by drinking a 500ml bottle pre training session to ensure the cells are completely bounded and full with electrolytes. In one word, hydrated. This will ensure know-one fails before they start. Focus on giving 100% with confidence and enjoy the process within the class.
At the end drink Uthrive based on everything you’ve just learnt, water is great but it doesn’t cut it alone. Recharge your cells with electrolytes. Avoid dehydration. Feel the difference!