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Flagstaff is a legendary, world-class athlete-tested destination.
Flagstaff is located at a “perfect” 2100m elevation (sport science research says the most effective altitude training occurs between 2000-2500m), at which the desired physiological adaptations and subsequent increases in aerobic and anaerobic performance are most likely to occur. In addition, Flagstaff has convenient access to lower training elevations, allowing teams to modify their altitude training plans so as to be able to take advantage of hi-lo training protocols. Visiting teams' primary training site is also located within a vibrant city environment (in which shopping, eating out, going to movies, etc. can be effectively utilized as diversions from the staleness that can come with the typical 3-4 week stays necessary for altitude training) with easy proximity to world-class locales like Grand Canyon and Sedona (great for off days from training).
24-7 support and centralized services through the HYPO2 high performance management offices, whereby every single altitude training plan component is centrally coordinated and monitored on an ongoing basis throughout the duration of the altitude camp. This allows coaches, athletes, and team support staff to concentrate on their specific roles and not worry about the complex day-to-day logistics necessary for the efficient and effective management of a training program. Having access to HYPO2's in-house high performance team members also means visiting teams can quickly get everything from physiotherapy, blood testing, coaching, physiological testing, mental performance care and much more.
Altitude training camps for elite athletes cannot occur in the absence of high quality places for them to train and HYPO2's partnership with NAU means that teams can secure dedicated access to a myriad of venues, including an Olympic 50m aquatic center, a 400m outdoor track, an indoor 300m track, modern strength and conditioning facilities and more. Pair that with HYPO2's partnerships in the community that offering highly specialized training tools like the Alter G Anti-Gravity treadmill, and teams are not lacking for high performance training venue options.
The full report, including methodology and key findings, can be found here.