Frequently Asked Questions

How safe is simulated altitude training?

Altitude training has been around for over 40 years and simulated altitude training is used by the world’s top athletes including the top Australian sporting teams. Our altitude training chamber uses the same technology as the leading Australian sports team. The normobaric nature of simulated altitude (air pressure remains the same) makes it a safer environment than real altitude. Any altitude training puts stress on the body, which is why our altitude trainers will monitor your training and in particular, your blood oxygen saturation levels and heart rate.

Is it a fad or a gimmick?

Altitude training has been around for over 40 years and is used by the world’s top athletes including the top Australian sporting teams. Only last year in 2013, Collingwood AFL team upgraded their altitude training chamber to a brand new state-of-the-art facility much like ours. With this level of investment happening all over Australia, along with the research continually commissioned by the Australian Institute of Sport and NSW Institute of Sport, along with the scientifically proven benefits, we’re confident that this is still just the beginning.

How effective is the training?

Many high profile sports people as well as everyday Australians are fanatical about the benefits of altitude training (click here or hyper link to advocates page) and significant results can be seen is as few as 8 sessions* (add footnote as per before).

*Czuba et al. study (2011) and Faiss et al. study (2013)

How many times as week will I need to train?

Significant results can be seen is as few as 8 sessions*.
The suggested minimum training structure would be two sessions of 30 minute duration each per week for a minimum period of a month. With prolonged exposure to altitude training comes even greater benefits in the way your body utilises oxygen, which can lead to us becoming fitter, faster, stronger, improving our health or speeding up our weight loss goals.

*Czuba et al. study (2011) and Faiss et al. study (2013)

How long will the effects last?

Altitude training is cumulative. After a 6 week block of altitude training there is a generally a 2 week holding period of the beneficial effects. The more regular blocks of altitude training the greater the effect – like most training methods, if you cease training the benefits start to decrease.

Will I get altitude sickness in the chamber?

The altitude training chamber is normobaric meaning that while the percentage of oxygen is reduced from the ambient outside air of 21% to levels typically between 16 -11%, normal atmospheric pressure is maintained. Altitude sickness occurs due to the combination of low oxygen and low air pressure and hence the chamber is a safer environment than real altitude. It is however advisable to ease into a altitude training program and our accredited altitude trainers will discuss the best program for you as well as continuously monitor your health & wellbeing within the chamber.

Is it ok to train in the chamber if I have an existing medical condition such as heart disease or asthma?

At risk individuals with asthma, high blood pressure and other medical issues may require GP approval before commencing an exercise program. We are happy to discuss your personal details with you and recommend a suitable training program if one is appropriate. We follow the Fitness Australia guidelines to ensure your safety.

Is it ok to be in the chamber for extended amounts of time?

The Australian institute of Sport and Victoria University both have “altitude hotels” and encourage their athletes to use the facility 8-10 hours per day in an effort to increase their performance.

What is the monitoring of oxygen saturation and why is it monitored?

During a training session, the key metric to monitor altitude training progress is through intermittently measuring the amount of oxygen in our body (our blood oxygen saturation levels or SaO2 for short) using a pulseoximeter.

In order to stimulate the body to physiological adapt and to reap the benefits of altitude training, our blood oxygen saturation levels need to be between 80 – 85% (at sea-level our levels range from 95 – 100%).

What does the room feel like when training?

Many people notice the difference in atmosphere when inside the chamber. The room will be a greater challenge on the body but should otherwise be a comfortable environment to exercise in. The air in the room is quite dry (around 15% relative humidity) so hydration before, during and after exercise is particularly important.

Do I have to be a member of Manly League's Club to come to Altitude?

Whilst we think it’s great to support our local community clubs, you don’t need to be a member of the Manly League’s club to join Altitude and we have our own separate entrance, so there’s no security or signing in to deal with.

If you have another question, please contact us and we’ll try our best to give you an answer within 24 hours.