Simulated Altitude Training Fitness through "altitude training" in Gastein Valley

Hypoxic training at Alpentherme Gastein is suitable for elite and amateur athletes, though also for patients with cardiovascular disorders. The positive benefits are medically and scientifically proven.

We generally associate hypoxic training with training camps at high altitude for professional sportsmen and -women. However, a more affordable alternative is simulated altitude training, also referred to as "hypoxia".

What happens during simulated altitude training?

With the help of mobile hypoxia generators, here in our Sports Medicine department we create the environment necessary for altitude training through simulated conditions essentially identical with those you encounter at elevations up to around 4500 meters above sea level. 
The artificially reduced oxygen level impedes oxygen supply to muscles and lowers oxygen saturation in the blood. The body is forced to pump more blood in order to transport the same amount of oxygen. In turn, this produces training benefits with respect to oxygen absorption, oxygen transportation and oxygen utilization, all of which is encompassed under the umbrella of "hypoxic training".


Improved performance through hypoxic training 

For the most effective training possible, we recommend first undergoing a performance diagnostic with spirometry, which will allow you to optimize your training stimuli and hypoxic levels. With the help of performance diagnostics, we measure various factors including respiratory gases, giving us greater insights into your metabolic response during physical exertion. This allows us to identify strengths and weaknesses as well as determine personal training zones and levels of intensity.

Especially in endurance sports, hypoxic training has enormous potential when it comes to mobilizing power reserves and enabling more rapid regeneration. Though also in other types of sport, hypoxic training may be used in various ways to improve endurance as well as physical performance.

Yet another positive effect for top-flight athletes is faster recovery and maintenance of physical condition after injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system. In this way, even though the training intensity may be reduced due to the injury, valuable training can still be done in order to counteract potential loss of form.

Altitude training  - fields of application:

  • High-performance sports
  • Recreational sports
  • Alpinism/acclimatization prior to travel at high elevations
  • Overweight and metabolic imbalance
  • Lung conditions such as bronchial asthma and COPD 
  • Rehabilitation after injury to the musculoskeletal system 
  • Training as preventive health care

Effects of altitude training:

  • Improves sports conditioning, both recreational as well as professional
  • Slows down aging processes
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Increases oxygen intake and transportation as well as oxygen utilization in the blood and cells
  • Optimizes cell metabolism: improves fat burning and utilization of carbohydrates
  • Enhances physical and mental performance 
  • Shorter regeneration period after sport
  • Faster, gentler rehabilitation after injuries

Through cutting-edge technologies that simulate altitude training (hypoxia) in the valley, we achieve optimal training results for health-focused as well as high-performance sports.

Sports scientist Philipp Holleis
Sportmedizin Spiroergometrie am Laufband | © Alpentherme Gastein

Simulated Altitude Training "Hypoxia"

ca. 60 min

Either actively on a stationary bike or treadmill or passively, with facemask; ideal to strengthen the immune system, reduce allergies, improve fat metabolism and endurance, and for altitude acclimatization prior to travel.

10 sessions, 60 min each, incl. 2 × 4-hr. spa resort & sauna

254,90 €

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