Benefit to living in Bozeman? Live High-Train Low…

Have you ever wondered what effect altitude has on training? According to Stray-Gundersen’s research paper in the American Physiology Society,  altitude training improves sea level performance in male and female elite runners.

22 athletes performed high-intensity training at 1,250 meters (4,101 feet) before and after living at 2,500 meters (8,202 feet) for 27 days. These athletes improved their time trial performance (3,000-m) by 1.1% and 1/3 of the athletes achieved personal best times for the distance. Also, the athletes improved their VO2max. The mechanisms in which these changes take place are due to the expansion of red cell mass and increased circulating hemoglobin

Maybe there is a benefit to living closer to the mountains in Bozeman!

Reference:

Stray-Gundersen, J., Chapman, R., and Levine, B. “Living high-training low” altitude training improves sea level performance in male and female elite runners. American Physiology Society. 2001.

One response to this post.

  1. When I was trainig for my marathon, I did a 17 mile run in New Hampshire. I felt like a champ because of my training in Bozeman. Maybe try running a race at lower elevation for a better time.

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