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
Melbourne Altitude training – $60 per session
78 Moray Street, Southbank