Q? What is IHT?

An IHT session consists of an interval of several minutes breathing hypoxic (low oxygen) air, alternated with intervals breathing ambient or hyperoxic air. This procedure is repeated over a 45-60 minute session per day, with a full treatment course taking three to four weeks.

Q? Suppose I train twice a day (ride in the morning, workout in the evening), could I maintain this schedule and do IHT after the evening workout just before going to bed?

You can do IHT training at any time convenient for you. The only requirement is that you REGARD IHT AS A TRAINING SESSION and do not mix it with your other conventional training. Finish IHT at least 1.5–2 hours before normal training and start IHT after 1–1.5 hours after completing physical training to avoid overtraining. Using IHT in the evening is fine (a bit tough after a good dinner though). You will find that IHT has a marked relaxation effect and might improve the quality of your sleep. You can watch TV or read while your body works hard – or even better – use the session time for complete relaxation.

Q? Why not just live at altitude?

Studies have shown that spending time at altitude causes the desired physiological responses, but the inability to train with the full oxygen availability of sea-level caused a de-training that tends to negate the gains. The G2 IHT allows you the benefits of both with added benifits, Training high and living low, and flexibility in time management.

Q? How much will my haemoglobin increase by?

People who state that “hypoxic training is good for my aerobic performance because it increases my red blood cell count” simply do not understand the complexity of the whole picture. The response to hypoxia challenge is evident at different levels – from systemic to cellular. If used correctly IHT can improve both aerobic and anaerobic performance as well as reduce the recovery time.

Q? Will I get a boost in performance for a while, and then “pay” for it later?

This certainly doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, athletes who have used G2 IHT on an ongoing basis have found that their performances continue to edge upward as the body becomes more efficient at using the increased amounts of oxygen available to it

Q? What are the physiological benefits of altitude acclimatization?

There are several, however the most significant are:

  1. Altitude produces a change in the oxygen association curve and an improvement in efficiency of gas exchange. When an acclimatized athlete takes a breath, more oxygen gets from the lungs into the blood stream than in a non-acclimatized athlete.
  2. Greater red blood cell mass. Red blood cells carry the oxygen to your muscle cells for athletic performance. The more red blood cells the greater the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
  3. Greater total blood volume. Altitude acclimatization produces more red cells. It also produces a greater total blood volume as well. By Sterling’s Law, an increase in blood volume means the stroke volume of the heart will be greater. Again improving the oxygen carrying-capacity of the blood.
  4. Increased volume of capillaries. This improves the delivery of the oxygen to the muscles by giving the blood more pathways to the muscles. Because o f the increased total blood volume, these capillaries are expanded making it easier for red blood cells to get into them and deliver oxygen. This is a long-term adaptation
  5. Increased enzyme levels, including 2,3 DPG, in the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cells – the “furnaces” where the fuel is burned and energy is produced. 2,3 DPG is the enzyme that helps unload the oxygen from the blood. Other enzymes assist in the power-producing oxidation of fuel.
Q? How long does the effect last?

It’s a little like asking “if I stop training (exercising) how long before my performance drops off.” Most people notice little, or no, drop-off for up to a week, and then only marginal for the second. On the other hand if you were to miss three or four days EVERY week then the results would be better than nothing, but not optimal.

Q? Is there a point where you can go too high?

With conventional altitude training (live high-train high) there are too many side effects when getting too high, which interfere with the training process. However hypoxicator allows athletes to go to 22,000 Feet for short bursts without any reported adverse effects and excellent performance improvement benefits. NOTE: safety precautions and basic recommended training protocols must be followed.

Q? How does IHT work for my body to improve my performance?

Intermittent Hypoxic Training improve my performance? A short explanation is that intermittent mild hypoxia (reduced oxygen air), is a very similar to conventional training and works as a training stimulus. That translates into body’s improved ability to deliver and utilize oxygen on the cellular level more efficiently.

Q? What is the optimal altitude for exercise training?

The lower the better, as there is more oxygen available to fuel the training. This allows you to train harder and recover faster.

Q? How do I feel the difference? What should I expect from an IHT course?

This is what you will notice even after the first few sessions of IHT (12–20 sessions are recommended for a full course):

  1. Your resting heart rate (measured first thing in the morning) will probably go down – typically by 5–10 beats per minute.
  2. Weight lifting: you might find yourself much more comfortable with usual weights in the weight room.
  3. Time trial: your usual results will probably improve in the range of 1–5% (ref.) depending on your current training status and competition level.
  4. Recovery time: this will decrease substantially; you will feel less exhausted after a conventional training session at your normal training load.  Sleep and quality of life are usually improved.