Normal interval hypoxia-hyperoxia training (IHHT)
In classic interval hypoxia hyperoxia training, the user receives air that is permanently enriched with oxygen. While usual IHHT providers increase the oxygen concentration during hyperoxia to 34% by default, the oxygen content of the hypoxbreath® advanced can be adjusted individually and for specific phases from 21 to 34%.
The advantage of hypoxia-hyperoxia training is that the initial oxygen saturation in the blood is restored relatively quickly. However, hyperoxia over several minutes can increase oxidative stress and can also be disadvantageous for certain groups of people with pre-existing conditions.
Normal interval hypoxia-normoxia training (IHT)
In interval hypoxia training (IHT), the user receives normal breathing air with an oxygen concentration of 20.9% (normoxia) during the regeneration phases. While the disadvantages of hyperoxia are thereby consistently avoided, the oxygen saturation in the recovery phase is much too slow. The SPO2 value of 99% is achieved more slowly than with hyperoxia training. The regeneration phase is therefore not used efficiently.
For example, a user has a SPO2 starting value of 96%. If the system now supplies hyperoxic breathing air during the stress phase (hyperoxia) until a SPO2 value of 99% is achieved for the user, this can mean maximum oxidative stress for the person performing the training. The training stimulus is compensated for by the resulting stress.
For these cases, we have developed “Intelligent Hyperoxia Mode”.
Here, the advantages of hypoxia training are combined with hyperoxia (IHHT) and normoxia (IHT)
At the beginning of the regeneration phase, the user breathes oxygen-enriched air (hyperoxia) until the oxygen saturation (SPO2) in the blood has reached 99%.
Afterwards, the hypoxbreath® automatically switches to IHT (normoxia) mode. This means that the user breathes normal breathing air until the next stress phase (hypoxia). This way, a faster fall is achieved to the cut-off value (the preset SPO2 target value) in the subsequent intervals. There is no enforcing of 99% oxygen saturation.