Q: Does altitude training really work? A: via @SweatScience

My column in today's Globe and Mail is on a couple of recent experiments that raise some interesting questions about whether altitude training is as effective as most coaches, athletes and scientists really believe. One of the studies was a careful, placebo-controlled double-blinded lab study; the other was a real-world study using the Australian swim team. Both failed to find performance improvements from altitude training. [...] Still, few people had any doubt that LHTL worked. When Carsten Lundby, a researcher at the University of Zurich’s Center for Integrative Human Physiology, began organizing a meticulous double-blinded, placebo-controlled study of LHTL, his main goal was to pinpoint exactly which physiological mechanisms were responsible for LHTL’s performance boost. The study, which was published in the January issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology, involved ...

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