ATHLETES and everyday gym-goers in the northern suburbs can take their training to new heights with access to altitude training in Wanneroo.
Surge Fitness will open the simulated altitude studio on Monday, a first for the area.
The facility, which cost close to $200,000 to establish, can simulate conditions of up to 5500m above sea level by reducing the percentage of available oxygen in the air.
“However, data shows the optimal level is about 3500m above sea level so that’s where we’ll have it set,” managing director Liam Taylor said.
He said building the pressurised studio was about “bringing altitude training to the general population”.
“Historically, this high-end training has only been available to elite athletes but the average person, regardless of their age or fitness level, can experience these significant health and performance benefits,” Mr Taylor said.
He said altitude training could help anyone wanting to lose weight faster, athletes looking to improve their performance, people looking to improve their health and hikers wanting to prepare for a base-camp expedition.
He said benefits included burning up to 50 per cent more calories, faster recovery time, increased fitness and energy levels and aerobic endurance, alleviating stress, improving sleep patterns and a reduced resting heart rate.
“There’s so many people with health conditions that don’t know the benefits this training can have, particularly blood flow and respiratory issues,” Mr Taylor said.
“We have a 10-year member who recently had open heart surgery and we have given him a complimentary membership so we can follow his journey and see the benefits it has on his resting heart rate and energy levels.”
“Even for seniors, this training has so many benefits around brain function and focus.
Mr Taylor said the studio had a variety of specialised equipment including machines to simulate climbing and skiing and bikes and treadmills different to those on the normal gym floor.
Users can take part in group fitness classes or use the equipment on their own after completing an induction and introductory class.
“The feeling is very unique and will be most noticeable when people leave the studio,” Mr Taylor said.
“People will find it easier to breathe because they are getting more oxygen, they’ll have more energy and be on high alert and focussed,” he said.
He said it was about getting “better results in less time and with less effort”.
“You could walk for 25 minutes in the studio and burn the same amount of calories as if you ran for an hour outside,” he said.
“We have also been in contact with ECU who have shown an interest in coming to use the facility for research to collect some real data around altitude training,” he said.
Mr Taylor said while the studio was exclusive to its Wanneroo facility, Surge Fitness could look to launch one at its CBD location.
Surge Fitness Wanneroo is holding an open day this Saturday from 8am for people to tour the studio. Book a tour on 9408 5659.