Olympic Level Training and Recovery Resources in Boulder
Professional athletes have access to a handful of specialists to keep them on their ‘A’ game. A team of massage therapists, coaches, chiropractors, recovery tools and services, gait analysis, blood lactate testing, and nutritionists.
But what does the aspiring endurance athlete or the dedicated weekend warrior who is dedicated to training at a high level?
More and more of these Olympic and elite level services are now becoming available to those of us who are just looking to be the best we can be.
Opened this summer was the All Sport Recovery Club where for a low monthly fee ($59.99) athletes have access to Olympic level recovery tools like the Normatec MVP Compression Boots used by Team Garmin-Cervelo, foam rollers and self massage tools, cold laser and ultrasound treatments, an ice bath, free 15min massage sessions 5x a week. Other services such as massage, chiropractic, graston treatments and level 4 ultrasound are also offered for a lower than your insurance premium price. They even offer a large selection of Mix 1, Honey Milk, or coffee and tea while you recover. And don’t forget the free WiFi.
Stop by to check them out. Your first session is free and they will give you a full tour of the facilities.
High Altitude Spine and Sport just recently added an Alter-G treadmill to their clinic, the first one open to the public in Boulder/Denver metro area. Because the AlterG® uses differential air pressure chambers to precisely lift the user from 100% to as little as 20% of the user’s calibrated body weight, it has become a favorite alternate training method among elite athletes which allows them to safely return to full weight-bearing running after or during an injury.
“The ability to train safely, rehab quickly, and recover faster utilizing this unit is a nice luxury to have, especially with the winter weather fast approaching.” states Dr. Richard Hansen, DC CSCS on his website. Dr Hansen is also a cross country coach at XC Coach @PeaktoPeak High School.
Other benefits for endurance athletes include:
- Improved aerobic conditioning while reducing ground reaction forces
- Safer adaptation to increased mileage (eg. marathon training) and transitioning to minimalist running
- Overspeed training (run faster longer) and hill intervals (0-15% incline)
- Interval Training in a controlled setting
The price starts at $1 per minute, but deeper discounts are available in Punch Cards and memberships. For example, purchasing a block of 360 minutes (6 hours) saves you $90. You can even try it for yourself for free for 15 minutes.
Dr. Hansen’s services also include Chiropractic, ART, Kenisio Taping, Graston treatments, Functional Assessment keep you running healthy and strong.
Book appointments online at http://highaltitudesportsrehab.com/alter-g/ or call them at 303-442-0355 or email Dr. Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about testing out the Alter-G or additional questions.
Other high level services
Boulder Center for Sports Medicine
One of the top sports medicine facilities in the country. Athletes travel from all over the country for their services.
- Gait Analysis
- Bike fitting
- Blood Lactate and VO2 Max testing
- Alter-G Treadmill *coming soon
Hudson Training Systems
Brad Hudson is a world-renowned coach for athletes ranging from mid-distance events through the marathon. Individual coaching from Brad, James Carney and Tyler McCandless is handled online and in person if you live in the Denver/Boulder area.
Led by Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS who has worked with many Olympic and elite endurance athletes, he helps athletes Burn more fat and conserve precious carbohydrate stores while reducing the likelihood of gastrointestinal (GI) distress in training and racing which he calls Metabolic Efficiency Training.
Fuel4mance offers both Metabolic Efficiency Assessment and Lactate Threshold Testing.