Aussie swimmers train at Aspetar

 21 May 2014 - 4:14

Australia’s swimming team poses as they train at Aspetar for this year’s Commonwealth Games. 

DOHA: Members of Australia’s 2014 Commonwealth Games swimming team are currently undergoing an intensive training programme at Aspetar in preparation for the Glasgow games in July.
Utilising the Hamad Aquatic Center for their training sessions, the team has committed itself to a nine day ‘live-high train-low’ programme at Aspetar in conjuction with the use of altitude tents prior to their arrival, in order to take advantage of Aspetar’s advanced altitude-inducing normobaric hypoxic (oxygen reduced) rooms.
Commenting on the training camp Dr Khalifa Al Kuwari, Director General of Aspetar, said: “We are delighted to welcome Australia’s 2014 Commonwealth Games team to Aspetar to use our many services designed to enable athletes to reach their maximum potential. 
He added: “the normobaric hypoxic chamber is but one example of the progressive facilities on offer here at Aspetar.”
Regarded as one of world’s strongest swimming teams, the Australian selection is comprised of internationally recognised athletes including Belinda Hocking, Ellen Gandy, and Travis Mahoney.  
The swimmers are spending up to 14 hours-a-day in the normobaric chambers at Aspetar in order to ensure proper exposure to a high altitude environment while conducting all swim and dry land training at sea level. Aspetar’s purpose-built normobaric hypoxic dormitory features 25 rooms and a large communal living area. The chamber, which utiliises a complex filtration system, reduces the concentration of oxygen in the air to replicate altitudes ranging from 100 to 4,000 metres. This process traditionally requires athletes to spend significant amounts of time at high altitudes in order to reap the benefits of improved physiological capacity.
 That leads to the overall enhancement of their athletic performance.THE PENINSULA