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Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT)

Intermittent hypoxic training (IHT), also known as intermittent hypoxic therapy, is a technique aimed at improving human performance by way of adaptation to reduced oxygen.

Hypoxic Training IHT

What is IHT?

Intermittent hypoxic training (IHT) is a training method that involves alternating between periods of reduced and normal levels of oxygen to improve athletic performance. This can be achieved through training at high altitude locations, using specialized equipment to simulate hypoxic conditions, or breathing devices that simulate intermittent hypoxic exposure. IHT has been shown to elicit physiological responses, such as an increase in red blood cell production and improved oxygen delivery to muscles, that can improve various aspects of athletic performance, including endurance, speed, power, and strength. However, IHT should be approached with caution as it carries some risks, particularly if not properly monitored. Potential risks include the development of hypoxia-related illnesses or injuries, such as hypoxia-induced pulmonary edema. It is important to seek guidance from a qualified professional and to gradually progress the training program to minimize these risks.


Different types of hypoxic training

Hypoxic Altitude Training - IHT

Hypoxic (Altitude) Training

Hypoxic training is a method of improving physical performance by exposing the body to reduced levels of oxygen, which stimulates adaptations such as increased red blood cell production and improved oxygen delivery to muscles.

Artificial hypoxic training - IHT

Artificial hypoxic training

Artificial hypoxic training is a method of exposing the body to reduced levels of oxygen using specialized equipment, such as altitude simulators, to induce physiological adaptations that can improve physical performance.

Normobaric Intermittent hypoxia training - IHT

Normobaric Intermittent hypoxia training

Normobaric intermittent hypoxia training involves exposing the body to short periods of reduced oxygen levels while breathing normal air, which can stimulate physiological adaptations and improve physical performance.


Fun Facts

60 %

"Exposure to hypoxic conditions can increase the activity of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), a protein that regulates the body's response to low oxygen levels, by up to 60%."

(Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4217178/)

24 %

"Hypoxic training can increase the production of erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone that stimulates the production of red blood cells, by up to 24%."

(Reference: https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/japplphysiol.00037.2010)

38 %

"Hypoxic training can increase the activity of mitochondrial enzymes, which are responsible for producing energy in cells, by up to 38%."

(Reference: https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/japplphysiol.00307.2013)

17 %

"Hypoxic training can lead to an increase in lactate threshold, which is the exercise intensity at which lactate begins to accumulate in the blood, by up to 17%."

(Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5374663/)


Benefits of Hypoxic Training


IHT Heath

In general, IHT contributes to improved immunological status. The occurrence of allergies and inflammatory diseases decreases. This has been observed in continuous exposure to altitude, as well as with IHT...


IHT Wellness

Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT) is a type of wellness intervention that involves brief periods of exposure to low oxygen levels, typically achieved by breathing low-oxygen air or by being in a low-oxygen environment...


IHT Fitness

HOLD fire on the weight training, hop off the stair climber and postpone your next aerobics class, because oxygen, we are being told, is set to become the new staple of the gym. If the hype is to be believed...


IHT Anti-Aging

One of the main causes of aging is the biochemical chaos which follows the lack of oxygen and glucose in the tissues, this leads to high free radical activity, inefficient circulation and an inefficient network between endocrine, nervous and immune systems...



Joseph Priestly - Hypoxic Training IHT

Joseph Priestly discovered oxygen in 1774.

1800`s baloonists discovered the physical limits - Hypoxic Training IHT

In the early 1800`s baloonists discovered the physical limits of going above 13,000 ft.

George Finch - Hypoxic Training IHT

George Finch in the 1900`s pioneered many Everest expedition altitude records.


IHT Specialists

Dr. Tamara Voronina - Hypoxic Training IHT

Dr. Tamara Voronina

Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr. Tamara Voronina

The first time I heard about Intermittent Hypoxic Training IHT was in 1978 at a conference for research into: how to prepare astronauts for space. The conference was about Adaption Medicine in various types of environments - “Ecological Physiological Mechanisms of Adaptation” in Moscow.

The information for revolutionary! IHTs vast range of benefits from sporting athletes, anti ageing, cell regeneration, to treating patients post chemo, radiotherapy as rehabilitation therapy. This was the start of my personal passion to further study and research into IHT, which led me to integrating IHT into all my treatments. The results I have experienced over the years have been ground breaking and I am proud that iIntermittent hHypoxic training has been recognised as now a Nobel Prize winning method, and have achieved the acknowledgement and credibility it has long deserved.