Norwegian athletes still cannot enjoy the benefits of simulated hypoxic training.
Norwegian athletes still cannot enjoy the benefits of simulated hypoxic training.

During the first week of June, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (the NRK) came to visit our Trump Street chamber to find out why hypoxic training is such a valuable tool for athletes.

Unlike most countries, the Norwegian Sports Council have long upheld a ban on simulated hypoxic training for their athletes. This month, the council reopened the discussion to reassess if sports people from the Scandinavian country are now able to enjoy the same benefits of training as their peers from other countries. This article covers the debate (in Norwegian so you might need to run it through a translation page first!)

The vote took place on Sunday, and incredibly the ban has been maintained: Of 157 delegates, only 21 voted in favour of relaxing the regulations. The ban on simulated hypoxic training stemmed from a paper published by Baker and Hopkins (1998) which suggested that hypoxic training gave athletes an unfair technological advantage as well as being dangerous if the training was not planned and monitored by an expert in hypoxic training. It was not made illegal, however, to travel to natural altitude to gain the benefits of hypoxia.

Emily explained to the NRK the benefits of simulated altitude training and why it’s so popular with pretty much all those who try it, and regular altituder Fraser Logan, a professional golfer, also explains to the camera why he keeps coming back to train in 14.9% oxygen.

The news clip shown on NRK can be found here, and for more information on how altitude training can help you train like an Olympic athlete, give us a call on 020 7193 1626/ email [email protected].