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High Altitude Training

High Altitude Training is the practice of training for several weeks at high altitude, preferably over 2,400 metres / 8,000 ft above sea level. At altitude the body adapts to the relative lack of oxygen in one or more ways, such as increasing the mass of red blood cells and hemoglobin, or altering muscle metabolism.

When such athletes travel to competitions at lower altitudes they will still have a higher concentration of red blood cells for an extended period of time, and this gives them a competitive advantage.

Altitude training can produce increases in speed, strength, endurance, and recovery by maintaining altitude exposure for a significant period of time. In some cases exposure for 18 days, yet training closer to sea-level, showed performance gains were still evident 15 days later.

Elite Tennis Development can provide a High Altitude Training experience to enrolled athletes. Contact us for more information.


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