If you are looking for the world’s toughest altitude challenge, we may well have found it.
For this is how Third Space, a group of leading London fitness spaces, describes the latest high intensity workout challenge that they designed and launched earlier this year.
The Elevation 2.0 Challenge involves a 800ft climb on a Versaclimber, followed by 1.5km on a Wattbike, a 50m skill mill sled push at maximum resistance, and a 1km woodway run at a 2% incline.
What’s more, the entire challenge is undertaken in a hypoxic chamber, simulating a 3000m high altitude training environment. The low oxygen levels in the chamber can help to develop enhanced endurance and stamina, with a 15-minute high intensity session in the chamber equivalent to up to a one-hour workout at sea level.
The challenge was designed in consultation with celebrity trainer Bobby Rich, who has worked with many household names, such as David Beckham. Bobby also helped to design the original challenge on which Elevation 2.0 Is based.
Participants are asked to contribute a £10 entrance fee to participate in the challenge, with all of the money collected going into a prize fund, which will be awarded to the overall winner’s nominated charity. The fastest male and fastest female will also win six months’ complimentary membership at Third Space.
There are a number of rules associated with Elevation 2.0. Each member is permitted no more than three attempts at the challenge. The entire circuit must be completed within 30 minutes, after which time participants must vacate the chamber.
To date, over 100 brave individuals have undertaken this grueling endurance challenge. The fastest female has achieved the challenge in 13:00:90, the fastest male in 11:22:48 and the fastest member of staff in 13:00:55.
The challenge has certainly proven its appeal – even some famous faces have been tempted into undertaking the Elevation 2.0. Pro boxer Anthony Yarde, Vanessa White from The Saturdays and celebrity trainer Faisal Abdulla have all tested their strength and endurance in the hypoxic chamber – although none are currently head of the leaderboard.