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Differenz between CO2 and O2 Table...?

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Farmer Mat

New Member
May 5, 2003
Hi guys,
i was wondering myself what is excactly the differenz between those tables?
CO2 - Table:
During the recovery times your body cant recover from all the CO2 in your blood system, but the O2-saturation has allready reached the maximum at the beginning of the next hold?
So the blood can`t get rid of the high C02 concentration very well, but has no problem with the O2? :duh
So during a CO2-table you never ever reach something like your O2 minimum, but you have to stop holding your breath, because the breathing reflex is to hard to resist? :hmm

O2 - Table:
During the recovery phases both - the CO2 is out of your body and the O2-saturation is high also.

Looking forward to your answers
You are correct!

For example:

CO2 Table: recovery time gets less and less while the hold time remains the same (and not at your max ability).

O2 Table: Recovery time remains the same (to get rid of the most CO2) and hold time increases from hold to hold, in order to give you a hypoxic stimulus. Hold times can approach your max and they don't HAVE to increase if you go to your max. The idea is to give a good hypoxic stimulus.

This year I have been mainly doing ONE max static per training session without warm up. Training static twice a week. One day I decided to try a huge O2 table, (well kinda) and I was amazed with the results:

Here is what I did:

No warm up, just streching before the first hold.

7min hold (a personal best)
4min breathing very easy, through the nose (after the recovery)
6:33 hold
4min breathing
6:31 hold
4min breathing
6:15 hold
4min breathing
6:15 hold
4min breathing
6:15 hold

I then thought I should go home, besides my skin was probably too white :)

That's a serious training session. Six holds at 80% plus of your max! I have been training only dynamic and CW (have no desire to compete in static this year) but I find any more than 4 attempts at 80% of max is all I can take without becoming overtrained. Maybe training statics is not as hard on the body as dynamic/ CW.