As well as our in house exercise testing, we can use the specialised facilities at the University of Brighton to help you prepare for competition in extreme environments.
There is no substitute for consistency in training, good nutritional practices, and adequate recovery. This triad is the most important consideration for peak performance. However, attention to detail is often the small difference between competitors. We at PBscience can help in these situations, and give you utmost confidence that you have left no stone unturned.
Most of the time, athletes in the UK perform under a fairly narrow range of environmental conditions. However, there may be circumstances when they need a little extra help in coping with the extremes. PBscience has access to a chamber, housed within the University of Brighton laboratories where air is conditioned by an independent system that sets humidity and temperature. The range of temperature goes from -10 degrees C up to + 40 degrees C, and the range of humidity from 80% relative humidity down to 40%. A cycle ergometer, step climber, or treadmill can be placed into the chamber.
We can also prepare the athlete for high altitude competition using the hypoxic chamber. We can go from 20.9% of oxygen (normoxia) down to 15% (moderate hypoxia - similar to an altitude of 2500m), and even 12% (severe hypoxia - altitude of around 4500m).We can use the chamber to not only prepare your body for performance at alititude, but also as a way of forcing the body to produce more blood cells to enhance performance at sea level. Training at altitude has long been used by pro athletes to give them the edge. Now this opportunity is more accesible - thanks to these tents, expensive trips to mountainous regions are no longer needed. You can read about a recent case study using the altitude chamber - our athlete Craig Eadie preparing for the Leadville 100 at some 4500m above sea level!
Our scientific approach can help determine if your current race preparation is optimal for you. Nothing demonstrates this better than the use of nutritional products or ergogenic aids - many people use strategies handed over to them from fellow athletes, or what they have read about in magazines. Most of the time, these are 'hit or miss' approaches. We can test the effect that taking certain approaches brings to your performance. For example, we can look at how carbohydrate supply is influencing your ability to compete over long distances, or how much caffeine you may need to take to see a performance effect.