Live High. Train Low. It’s the motto of athletes looking to optimize their performance. It’s also now a unique offering of the University of Wyoming (UW) Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center (HAPC). At 7,220 feet of elevation, living high comes naturally at UW. Training low takes a little help from the engineers at Altitude Control Technologies (ACT). UW installed two ACT-O2tm altitude simulation chambers at the HAPC, allowing student-athletes to quickly and safely experience the effects of nearly a mile of altitude change.
The first altitude simulation chamber, located in the sports performance area of the HAPC, is set to 2,500 feet of altitude. Here, at an effective altitude similar to that of Tucson, Ariz., student-athletes are able to increase their training intensity load for up to two hours at a time.