Lachlan Gillespie and Gabe Gillespie have created the Altitude brand of gyms now operating at Brookvale and Gosford in Australia. They have just begun working with travel agents who want to help prepare their clients for the trekking trip of a lifetime and tick off another challenge on their bucket list.
Altitude have created two packs for trekkers called The Alpine Pack for $$835 which includes six weeks of altitude training with 1 x personal fitness evaluation, 6 x personal training sessions at altitude and a take home program. The second package, the Summit Pack is $1,675 and is for a 12 week program. Altitude are looking to work with travel agents to develop similar packages for their clients.
Altitude is a state-of-the-art Simulated Altitude Training facility located in Brookvale who bring elite sports and pre-acclimatisation training technology to the benefit of everyday aspiring Australians. Clients (past and present) of Altitude include: Accomplished Climber / Adventurer Annie Doyle, plus athletes such as Jana Pittman, Kurtley Beale and Rob Horne (Waratahs and Wallaby Player) Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Kendrick Louis – NutriGrain Ironman, Andrew Tuckey – Ultrarunner – highest ever placed Australian at the UTMB (Ultra Trail Mont Blanc), 160km of running up and down mountains, and Matty Abel – Ultrarunner.
Pre- Acclimatisation training can ensure success for trekkers to high altitude locations. A large number of Altitude’s clients have successfully summited Mt Kilimanjaro, trekked to Everest Base Camp and trekked in Peru. Barring injuries, they have a 100% success rate of helping trekkers reach their chosen summits. Lower oxygen at higher altitude and lack of acclimatisation can lead to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and compromise a skiing, trekking or climbing holiday. While AMS affects people in different ways, Altitude training can help reduce or buffer against the symptoms of AMS and reduce the time needed to spend acclimatising on location. Clients will also arrive fitter, stronger and better equipped to deal with the rigours of activity at altitude and enjoy the trip a whole lot more.
The Altitude Training Systems (ATS) technology and equipment located in their Brookvale facility is used–by the leading sporting groups worldwide & including the likes of:- Australian Institute of Sport, NSW Institute of Sport and many of the top AFL teams and NRL teams. If clients cannot make it to their Brookvale location, Altitude have portable units the client can rent to realise the benefits of altitude training at home with our range of home fitness products combined with expert training protocols.
With a portable altitude machine a client can simulate ‘live high’ conditions by sleeping with the altitude unit (passive altitude exposure) or to continue your ‘train high’ program by exercising with the mask on your fitness equipment at home.
The gym is divided into two areas, a simulated altitude training chamber and a sea-level area. The combination of these ‘high’ and ‘low’ areas can be used depending upon the training program. Whilst the altitude training area is named ‘the chamber’, it’s a sizeable 50m2 and glass panelled so it feels open and spacious.
The facility is fitted out with the latest multi-discipline fitness equipment including Keiser bikes, treadmills, wind trainers (for BYO bikes), rowers, free weights, a cable weight machine, a Johnny Crank Ergo machine, TRX Suspension training, functional training apparatus and a floor area.
Top 10 Tips for training for Trek Training at Altitude are:
1.Start a pre-acclimatisation program at simulated Altitude Training Centre or hire portable equipment so you can prepare at home
2. Seek out a qualified Altitude Coach / Trainer
3. Get a personalised altitude program to suit your physical and trekking goals
4. Ensure you do at least two sessions a week for a minimum of 6 weeks to ensure physiological adaption to low oxygen conditions. 12 weeks is highly recommended, but 6 would be absolute minimum.
5. Implement a combination of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and functional / circuit training for both upper and lower body to ensure both mitochondrial and physical adaption
6.Increase your training intensity, number of sessions and length of sessions week by week building your body’s “anaerobic threshold.”. Don’t forget all sessions don’t need be long sessions, save the long sessions for the weekends or days off work
7. Use the to assess how your body performs in a low oxygen environment, e.g. oxygen saturation and heart rate relative to altitude so you can adapt your training and climbing strategy
8.Trial various breathing techniques while using a pulse oximeter to understand how you can control and adapt your breathing to be more efficient at altitude.
9. Program at least one session a week where you replicate hiking at altitude – hiking gear plus pack on high incline on the treadmill for at least an hour.
10. Do a base line test to understand how your oxygen saturation and heart rate perform relative to altitude and exertion.