Wouldn’t it be great to get the effects of Live High Train Low (LHTL) no matter where you lived? “What effects”, you might ask? Studies of LHTL show increased EPO, hemoglobin, red blood cell concentration, inhalation pressure, V02 max and time to exhaustion. You might also wonder, “How does that translate into how I would feel or perform”? At lower altitudes this would mean “improved breathing power, increased speed, higher levels of energy and endurance, and reduced recovery time between workouts.”
At higher elevations you would “notice reduced feelings of shortness of breath, increased speed and endurance, higher energy levels, reduced recovery time, the ability to train harder at higher altitudes, and resistance to the negative symptoms of high altitude.”
One company believes they can bring the benefits of LHTL with their supplement called Mountain Might. It’s a blend of Sodium Phosphate, B12 (as Cyanocobalamin), Iron (as Ferrous Sulfate), N-Acetyl-Cysteine and Hawthorn Berry powder which, individually and synergistically, work to bring greater athletic performance to endurance athletes. There’s a lot of science referenced at their website and we encourage you to visit them at mmaltitudetraining.com and review their documentation.
Mountain Might contacted us to see if we’d like review their product. We said yes so long as we could do a long test with enough reviewers. In the end, 3 reviewers tested the product for 6 to 10 weeks.
Reviewer One (R1) male, ultra runner, 41 and lives at 4200′
Reviewer Two (R2) male, ultra runner, 40 and lives at 4500′
Reviewer Three (R3) male, ultra runner, 44 and lives 4400′
Note: We had no intention on the narrow reviewer profile. It boiled down to who, from our normal testing group, wanted to try the product. We’d be happy to attempt another test with female reviewers and other age groups. Contact us at reviews@TrailAndUltraRunning.com
Caps Taken Per Day:
R1 took 3 to 5 per day while R2 & R3 took 5 per day.
Were Caps Taken All At Once or at an Interval:
R1 took them all at once and then switched to intervals (morning & evening) over 8 weeks.
R2 & R3 used them at intervals 2-3 (morning & evening).
Consistency Of Use:
All 3 reviewers used them consistently during their testing. They did not skip days unless it was the day of a race.
A. At Base Altitude: R1 and R2 reported no significant effects at their base altitude. R3 noticed, ”On tempo runs I was able to push harder, run faster and could push past normal pace and effort barriers. I couldn’t believe how hard I could work. The effects felt like Tyler Hamilton’s description of the effects of EPO.”
B. At Other Altitudes: All three reviewers felt no negative altitude related issues while racing the Bryce 100 mile or 100k at an average of 9,000. R1 said, “9,000 feet felt like nothing. It was amazing.” He went on to say about other altitudes, ”definitely felt easier to breath above 10,000 feet. Didn’t get my normal headaches above 12,000 feet.”
R2 said, ”I had no altitude issues running the Bryce 100. Most racers experienced altitude issues. I felt great the whole 100 miles.” He also reported feeling very good going up to 12,000 feet.
R3 felt, “absolutely normal” during the Bryce 100 race. He also said, ”I couldn’t understand why people where complaining about the altitude.” R3 also had blood work done 5 weeks into using Mountain Might and test results showed nothing out of order. If anything, the results showed he could possibly use more B vitamins. Given the 10,000% RDA of B12 in Mountain Might it was an interesting finding.
R1 experienced heart burn after taking the caps but went away within a few minutes.
R2 tried to use them on a run that crossed 13,000 feet 21 times. R2 suffers from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) nearly every time he goes above 12,500 feet. R2 experienced AMS during the run and had to abort his attempt. He did feel that Mountain Might helped a little and is very interested in continuing to test the product.
Initially, R3 felt a bit wound up during the day and had some difficulty getting to sleep for the first few nights.
Rated 1 to 5 with 5 being the best
R1 – 4.5
R2 – 3.0
R3 – 4.5
Overall, each reviewer felt benefits while testing Mountain Might.
Obviously, each person is unique and you should do your own research and consult with trusted medical professionals as needed.