Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi does altitude training before major marathons, it's been revealed.
This year (2014) Keflezighi ran the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:08:37, beating many of his competitors who had been averaging faster times.
But for Keflezighi, altitude training means travelling to Mammoth Lakes, CA, where he sleeps at 9,000 feet after which he drives several miles down the mountain to run at 4,000 feet. He does this to boost the production of his red cells which then increases the supply of oxygen around his body while he's running the marathon.
He also incorporates cardio training into his workout, and claims that riding an elliptical bike is similar to the motion of running but has less impact on his joints than running.
But whereas Keflezighi has to travel to train, with POWERbreathe Altitude Training Systems (PBAS), there is no need for a drive into the mountains to train, as PBAS brings the mountains to you! With the POWERbreathe Altitude Systems Inflatable Sleeping Modules, the benefits of sleeping at altitude can be achieved without the need to travel. Sleeping in a PBAS Inflatable Sleeping Module helps the body to achieve some of the positive adaptations to altitude while still enabling the athlete to perform at an oxygen-rich lower altitude where muscles perform at their normal working level.
The PBAS Inflatable Running Tunnel Modules also allows an athlete to benefit from altitude training at a local level, and just as Keflezighi chooses to incorporate cardio training into his workout with the use of an exercise bike, so too does the PBAS Inflatable Cycling Modules allow for this, again at a local level, with rooms available for one person, two people, and then up to four people and their Monark elliptical trainers.
POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training is also beneficial for altitude training because at high altitude air is "thinner" and contains less oxygen than that at sea level, so your lungs must work much harder as your breathing is pushed to its limits.
- Attenuates the increase in effort associated with ascent to high altitude1
- Attenuates the impairment of inspiratory muscle strength induced by ascent to high altitude2
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2 Romer L, McConnell A, Jones D. Changes in respiratory and forearm-flexor muscle strength during exposure to high altitude. J Sports Sci. 2000;19:63-4.