High Altitude Training
TKO Gym Tenerife train on Mount Teide.. But Why?
The theory behind High Altitude Training (HAT) is that if you can adjust your body to perform at competitive levels with less oxygen in your blood and muscles, then when you travel to sea level to compete you should have a higher level of endurance. The “extra” oxygen will prevent the early build-up of lactic acid and keep your heart rate lower even though you are pushing yourself harder than at altitude. Many elite athletes “live high and compete low” meaning they live at 5,000-7,000 feet above sea level and travel to compete in races.
There is NO better way to train for altitude than to be at altitude so your body can "get used to" or acclimate itself to the lower levels of O2. That is why for expeditions who climb mountains like Mt. Everest will set a base camp that is still significantly higher than sea-level in order to allow the body to work with less O2 for several days before climbing further.