WNiF Magazine - Summer 2018 Edition | Page 18

HOW TO: CONVERT A ROOM TO ALTITUDE I n a recent interview, Craig Mac caught up with mechanical engineer and specialist Chris Chatto from Xtreme International (Altitude by Design), to discuss what’s involved in converting an existing and perhaps underutilised room in your gym or studio, into a fullly functioning simulated altitude training (SAT) room. Craig Mac: XTREME have been at the forefront of simulated altitude technology for over 10 years now. Why do you think altitude training has become a popular add-on or supplementary service offered by gyms and studios? Chris Chatto: The fitness and wellbeing marketplace has never been more competitive. 18 Businesses are looking for a point of differentiation to attract and retain valued clients. Simulated altitude technology, with purposely designed training programs and education, offers a viable solution for time-poor clients (you burn approximately 25% more calories at altitude than at sea-level) and enables businesses to introduce another chargeable service to maximise the return on investment. CM: Rather than an extension on the premises or building a completely new room, I now know that I have an option to convert an existing room into an altitude training facility. Are there some basic rules or guidelines for a gym owner to consider when selecting an area for a conversion to an altitude environment? CC: Well, it’s easier than you think. Whatever space you have selected for the conversion, you need to get it ‘altitude ready’. Here are some basic tips: 1. Door Entrance: The door needs to close flush to the frame with door seals added, to create a better contacting surface. The door gap to the floor should have a knife edge seal to prevent altitude air leakage. 2. Air Conditioning: The AC system requires an independent air conditioner unit to the central system. 3. Roof Type: Its preferable you have solid plasterboard to create the best seal. If tiled, we suggest a change to solid tiles which secure to the frame. 4. Lights: Ensure lights are sealed at the back to prevent altitude air leakage. CM: A simulated altitude training room is powered and regulated by a compressor which pushes ‘altitude air’ into the room. Are there any guidelines for caluclating what you require? CC: A ‘flow rate’ is required for every person you have in your altitude room. The basic rule is to have 100lpm (lires per minute) of altitude air flow per person. WHAT’S NEW IN FITNESS - SUMMER 2018