It is commonly known that many elite athletes particularly of the endurance kind will at some stage in their careers have tried altitude acclimatization or hypoxic training (breathing air with low oxygen) to gain that performance edge. Altitude Training is clinically proven to legally enhance SPEED, STAMINA, POWER, RECOVERY, CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING and MOTIVATION.

Over years of experimentation and studies, many techniques and devices have been developed to simulate these conditions, the most effective is known as Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT). Athletes typically do not live and train at altitude so there are two theories of IHT. The first known as 'live low, train high'. This is where an athlete will train for short periods at altitude then return to sea level to recover. The major problem with this is that it is much harder to train at altitude so although many adaptations will be made, training intensity will be very low so there becomes a risk of losing muscular strength. The more beneficial type of IHT is to live high and train low. This allows training intensity to remain high and the athlete still benefits from altitude acclimatization.

Over the past 60 years, in the former Soviet Union and in many former CIS countries, in particular Ukraine, IHT has been applied and monitored for a variety of medical and sporting applications. There are many health benefits such as controlling asthma, promoting antioxidant response and aiding in weight loss just to name a few. The benefits are not only specific to endurance athletes but ALL athletes will have particular benefits to help increase performance. This is where most of the research and knowledge has come from; working directly with the world leaders in altitude training has enabled the production of a device by a New Zealand company known as the 'SIMPLEX'!

Introducing the SIMPLEX....

The problem with traditional altitude training is that most of the time it ends up being very expensive and there won't be the response the person was hoping for in terms of increasing performance. If we take for example a training camp held at an altitude of 4000m that might be common for a tri squad or sports team to do. Chances are that for a third of them the altitude will be too low and they won't get a training response, for another third it might be too high and they will end up with altitude sickness. The last third might get a training response but then once they have adapted to 4000m then that's all the adaptation they will achieve.

The Mountain O2 SIMPLEX device is the only one of its kind in the world that is individualized to the needs of every individual which means there is a 100% response rate. The best thing is that when you have reached the first level then you can simply increase the difficulty or altitude and continue to get results!

The SIMPLEX works by the athlete re-breathing their own air through a tube into a canister intermittently for 4 efforts of up to 5-7minutes, taking no longer than 40minutes for a session to be completed. Carbon dioxide is kept constant and regulated. Your heart rate and blood oxygen levels are monitored continuously.

FACT: If you were to travel to Mt Everest base camp at over 5000m above sea level your blood oxygen levels would be around 80% of normal value. This can be experienced in as little as 3minutes using the Mountain O2 system!

A standard base phase on the SIMPLEX takes 15-20 days to complete after which blood volume and performance will peak up to 2-3 weeks later (ideal for those athletes travelling over seas for a big competition). If you or someone you know is interested in the product then please like the facebook page or contact me for more information.

Who can benefit:

  • Endurance athletes: increased VO2 max
  • Team sport athletes: increased work capacity
  • Speed/Power athletes: increased power, decreased recovery time
  • Older athletes: less training to maintain peak fitness
  • Injured athletes: improved healing of injury
  • Cross-fitters: Less muscle damage and quicker recovery
  • Asthma sufferers: decreased symptoms
  • Mountain Climbers: climb faster and spend less time acclimatizing
  • Skiers: No altitude sickness.
  • Everyone: Better quality of life!

Some of the many sports used for:

  • Rugby and Rugby sevens and Rugby League
  • Aussie Rules
  • Tennis
  • Army
  • UFC Fighting
  • Iron man and Triathlon
  • Swimming
  • Surf Lifesaving
  • Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Kayaking