Some of the advantages of training in the Denver-Aurora area have to do with the beneficial aspects of training at high altitude. Cities like Denver, located literally a mile up, experience a lower oxygen level than other places, affording athletes who train there greater performance and endurance when they compete in places closer to sea level. A good many athletes go by the axiom, “train high, compete low.”
HATs Off To Denver
In sporting events that take place in Denver, the effect of thinner air is noticeable even to the best-trained professional athletes in the world. This is why trips to the summit of Mount Everest include spending several days at base camps that are far above sea level. The body needs a few days to adjust itself to the lower oxygen content in the atmosphere. Summarily, the body will be better able to function with his or her feet planted firmly back on low ground.
Simulating 6,000 Feet
But how do athletes who live at or near sea-level train when they know they will be competing in higher climes? That may seem like a real conundrum but the remedies are actually quite simple. The short answer is to train in a hypobaric chamber where the oxygen levels in the training room can be lowered to simulate the conditions at higher elevations. It could be something as simple as “low-oxygen” swimming – breathing at a lower than normal rate (as with all workout techniques one should never be alone when doing this).
Such hypoxic exercises, if done at lower elevations, will help prepare an athlete for conditions such as those found in Denver. Professional personal trainers in Denver may also be more well-versed in such methods, leading to a training advantage that may not be so readily available to others.