Hotel workouts and high altitude training

High altitude is very humbling. Im in pretty darn good cardio shape having just completed my 200 mile bike race and with my triathlon training but high altitude is kicking my butt.

Ive done ski altitudes but never exerted over 8,000 feet before. My first day at 10,000 made me feel about 90 years old. Going up stairs which normally is nothing became a big project. After 24hrs at 10,000 feet doing stairs is easier but still noticably more difficult than at sea level. No wonder so many endurance athletes train at altitude, I can feel my circulatory system becoming more effecient at capturing the scare oxygen every day. Glad I have another day before heading up into the Andes.

Legs have been getting plenty of a workout, upper body gets brutalized in the hotel room. My last workout was lats using a pullup bar in a park in Lima so today is chest and core. Here is todays 90 min hotel workout:

    core (15 min)

  • front planks
  • side planks
  • crunches
    chest (60 min)

  • hip pushups
  • ultra wide pushups
  • shoulder width pushups
  • hip pushups, drop set on knees
  • ultra wide pushups, drop set to knees
    stretching – impt for backpacking prep (15 min)

  • hamstrings
  • calves

Tomorrow will be pullups again as Im not sure when I will have access to a pullup bar again – not many trees over 12,000′ :)


26 thoughts on “Hotel workouts and high altitude training”

  1. Scooby,

    Try to get a hold of some Diamox for the altitude sickness. I’ve used it climing Kilimanjaro, at Leadville 100, etc.

    You are one admirable dude!


  2. Hi Scooby!
    I’d like to register to “Ask Scooby Forum” but it’s impossible. I can’t enter my profil because the squares are masked by the menu.

    Best regards

    1. Springbok66—I have exactly the same problem. I’ve been trying to register for months.Frustrating, because I can’t get enough of Scooby, who has really changed my life.

      1. Disqus generic email templateYes, I’m in the same case. I’d be very interested in reading the articles of the forum cause I’ve been working out hard for the last weeks. I really don’t know what to do. I wonder if the moderators are awared of this problem, Take care

  3. When you are all done with the high altitude training in Peru and you talk about how it “kicked your butt”, then you should do a single 4 minute workout on the ROM machine that you so much ridicule and find it a rip off. It is in fact the best and most effective “High Intensity Interval trainer” HIIT. It will make minced meat out of anybody in 4 minutes flat. You will become convert in only 4 minutes, and a believer. Lou Ferrigno has pleaded with us for years that he wanted us to donate a ROM to him. We do not do that sort of thing. Lou has the money if he wants to buy one.

    And as far as “TOO EXPENSIVE” Not as expensive as flying to Lima to get a workout that kicks your butt. In fact it costs the average owner under one dollasr per 4 minute complete workout. Lots cheaper than a personal trainer. You seem to be a serious guy that does not mean to tell falsehoods about equipment you want to give your opinion about, but here you are wrong, seriously.


    Alf Temme

  4. Could simply hiking in such a high altitude be enough for endurance for running? Either way, it sounds like something fun and cool to do one day.

  5. By the way, thank you for the awesome informative site. I’ve been using your workout plans for 7 months now and lost 18lbs of fat, several inches off my waist, and my strength has improved. I used to struggle through the beginner stuff, now I can intensely work the adv intermediate.

    Thank you.

  6. In AFL (Australian rules football) they use High altitude rooms, you set the altitude you want, and it reduced the air intake in the room. pretty cool ah?

  7. Hahaha 10,000ft.

    Try 16,000ft up in the Andes, that kicked my butt. My body hit a wall at ~14k. Headaches, motion sick in the car, light headed, can’t eat anything – only water and 2 fruit all day, gassy, irritable/ no patience/ higher brain function stops. That low oxygen stuff kills brain cells. Walk 100ft and run out of breath. A half flight of stairs was dreaded.

    Really got take the entire time focusing on proper breathing technique or your oxygen content drops. It is really important to develop that breathing technique. Don’t underestimate it. I could **feel** the light-headedness creep in when I wasn’t controlling breathing properly.

    I was in the Chilean Andes, not too far from the Peruvian border. We stayed at Iquique (on the coast), then drove up to the mining customer at 16,000ft every day and worked all day in the equipment shop. What a brutal trip, but well worth the experience.

    Memories… my coworker throwing up in the rain as we drove down the mountain the first day…making it rain money at McDonalds just to get some empanadas…summertime at the beach in February…trying to find a foreign exchange bank…good times

  8. Scooby im a 14 year old who weighs 210 lbs with a 5.11 height. I was thinking what if i would eat every other day? What would it do to my body and would it be beneficial? Thank you and i love you videos

    1. You should eat every day , but eat less and move more. Eat only what your body need. You can start with walking every day and build on that.
      Scooby has a very handy callculator on his website were you can see what is good for you.

    2. Øystein Espedal

      Try to split your daily food intake into several small meals instead of a few large ones. Six meals a day works wonders for me. If that’s too much of a hassle for you, try eating only one more meal than you usually do, remembering that the overall amount of calories you consume in a day should remain the same.

      Like John J said, Scooby’s calorie calculator is an excellent tool which tells you how much you should be eating each day. Stay within the recommended values, maybe experiment a little with nutritional composition, and you should see an improvement to both your weight and energy levels pretty soon.

      Stay focused, stay motivated and don’t let anything deter you from reaching your goals. Oh, and don’t forget to actually set goals ;).

  9. Great info Scooby. Thanks and good luck on the trip. Would love to hear about how you are dealing with the challenge of keeping up with your nutrition and sticking to 5-7 meals a day.

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