Higher and higher

Whitney Hammond McLaren and Stuart McLaren in the ProSport Health & Fitness altitude chamber in the lead up to their recent wedding

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You no longer need to be part of an elite sports team or training to climb one of the world’s highest mountains to do altitude training, thanks to the opening of two new high altitude chambers in Melbourne.

ProSport Health & Fitness now offers 20 one-hour circuit classes a week at its new centre in Richmond, while Melbourne Altitude Training offers 24 sessions a week in Southbank.

Tim Hazell of ProSport Health and Fitness explains how it works, “The air pressure at sea level is made up of 21% oxygen, while the air pressure in the altitude chamber hovers around 13 – 15%, which is what it would be like at 2,700 metres above sea level or higher. As your body adapts to lower oxygen levels it produces more red bloods cells and improves delivery of oxygen to the muscles. This increases endurance and improves muscle recovery, making it a great workout for anyone wanting to boost their fitness.”

“Our circuit classes are led by people with high altitude training experience and accreditation, and consist of cardio, core and strength training,” says Tim.

It’s not a workout for the faint-hearted – you’ll work hard and sweat a lot, but you’ll walk out on an endorphin high that will have you wanting to go back for more.

ProSport Health & Fitness – $30 per session
344 Swant Street, Richmond
www.prosport.net.au

Melbourne Altitude training – $60 per session
78 Moray Street, Southbank
www.melbournealtitudetraining.com.au

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Circuit class in action in the high altitude chamber at ProSport Health & Fitness in Richmond

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Zara is a healthy home consultant, author and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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