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  1. NoMan is offline

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    The theory behind the snorkel is dubious at best. High altitude training tends to increase the ability of your body to survive under lactic acid loss because it is *constant*. The air is always thin. Some tribes that lived in high altitutdes in South America and Africa average 1 million more red blood cells than people living in lower altitudes.

    http://www.sportsci.org/traintech/altitude/wgh.html

    If you live at altitude for several weeks, your body adapts to the shortage of oxygen. The most important adaptation for the endurance athlete is an increase in the number of red blood cells, which are produced in response to greater release of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) by the kidneys. Red cells carry oxygen from your lungs to your muscles. More red cells means your blood can carry more oxygen, which partly makes up for the shortage of oxygen in the air. So to compete in an endurance event at altitude, you should live at altitude for several weeks before the event.
    That's the real reason behind training at high altitude. It has nothing to do with lactic acid. Additionally, there's a problem with their theory. Your body's ability to convert lactic acid into energy is what drives your metabolic processes past the one minute mark. If you prematurely short-circuit it, your body does not use the proper amount of work with enzymatic conversion, lactic acid removal, and most important of all, your muscles are performing constant substandard levels. They can't perform at max level if you're handicapping them. So, you're really teaching your body how to perform a crappy level of work. Not a smart move.
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    Posted On:
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    Running websites sell inhalation inhibitors. Seems like the same thing.
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    Training to breath through your mouth when you are digging deep is not a good thing.

    They should have stuck the snorkel up his nose, then taped up his mouth shut.

    But really, Isn't it best to train low and sleep high, not the other way around?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BSDaemon
    But really, Isn't it best to train low and sleep high, not the other way around?
    This is what I thought because usually I see athletes have those oxygen tent/sleeping bags they sleep in which regulate the amount of oxygen.
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    Silva's cardio was fine against Chuck; Liddel is just an extremely unfavorable matchup for Vanderlei. I've been saying that for years. He's a brawler with a good clinch against a counterpuncher with enormous power and great wrestling; that's a recipe for defeat.
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