Elite cyclists endurance performance following Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT)
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Summary of the paper:
Well controlled and applied endurance sport research. 20 male elite cyclists randomly divided into a hypoxic or normoxic group trained at 95% (hypoxic) or 100% (normoxic) of individual lactate threshold, 3 times a week for 3 weeks. After a rest week the hypoxic group managed a significantly improved 30km time trial with a 5.6% increased in average power and 2.6% improvement in time trial performance. The normoxic group did not see any significant differences post training.
The study highlights that haematological adaptations may not occur when only using IHT. However when combined with an adequate training stimulus muscular adaptation (increase mitochondrial density, cappilary length…
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