The CAT Philosophy: Live High - Train Low

Athletes and physiologists have known for decades about the beneficial adaptations that occur at high altitude. However, while at high altitude, athletes are not able to train at their usual sea-level intensity, consequently training camps in the mountains do not always provide the desired performance gain.

To avoid this compromise, researchers began experimenting with a protocol whereby athletes would spend several hours a day at high altitude (8,000-9,000 ft.), but go to lower altitudes for training. The results were stunning, and the concept of live high, train low (LHTL) has been accepted as the single best method for achieving performance gains.

CAT Systems allow you to Live High and Train Low in the comfort of your own home without traveling up and down a mountain daily to train.

Optimal Dose of Altitude Exposure

While "living high, training low" has conclusively been demonstrated to result in greater performance gains in comparison to "high-high" or "low-high" training regimens, a number of factors come into play in terms of individual response to altitude training. In order to achieve the best result from your altitude training you must determine the optimal dose of altitude exposure for your specific needs. The components of altitude "dose" include:

  • The length of daily exposure
  • The requisite number of consecutive days of exposure to achieve a maximal effect
  • "Stair stepped" altitude acclimatization
  • Maximum altitude