Celebs swear by this fit tech for losing centimetres – but does it actually work?
Everyone has those stubborn areas that no amount of burpees or smoothie bowls, seem to budge. For us ladies, it’s typically around our twerking zone – think hips, bottom, belly and thighs.
Some of us deal – and accept that’s just my body shape. Others want to do something about it to shave those centimetres off (or at least try to). Enter – HYPOXI, a low impact, low intensity exercise method that combines movement with vacuum compression technology that claims to do just that.
Here’s the history of the training. In the mid 90’s Austrian sports scientist Dr Norbert Egger noticed health and fitness studio regulars were unable to change their shape despite intense exercise or a clean diet. (Actual footage of us.)
He roped in some other scientists and they create HYPOXI training, which basically uses compression and vacuuming around your problem areas to encourage blood circulation to those tricky areas which years of crunches and lunges just haven’t toned. Cue: burning those fat stores as energy.
The clincher is the training is also combined with strict nutrition guidelines to follow, like zero alcohol and caffeine on HYPOXI training days and no carbs (FYI – pumpkin counts as a carb in HYPOXI land) to be eaten in certain windows.
But here’s the thing. HYPOXI doesn’t work after just one session. You’ll be recommended to do 12 sessions – split into three sessions a week for about four weeks – so it is a big commitment if you’ve already got a packed schedule. But, celebs including Deborah Hutton, Jackie O, and Zoe Foster Blake have all put their name to the tech agreeing that if you follow the training and eating “it really does work.”
What can you expect from HYPOXI training?
I’d read the testimonials so thought I’d better give the trend a go. HYPOXI studios are kind of like fitness studios, but instead of rows of treadmills and the clank of weights machines, you’ll find a couple of space age looking capsules in a room and the sound of suctioning.
I gave the S120 a go for seven sessions, which is basically a stationary bike you ride on for 30 minutes. On my first session, I had my measurements taken – and my program was drawn up taking into account my fitness level, what area to target (I’ve wanted abs for the better part of a decade now and never quite got there) and heart rate.
Being pretty fit, it was tricky to determine how hard I should go. You see, I’m used to a red face and lather of sweat when I workout, but the idea with HYPOXI is to find it challenging, but still able to have a chat. The sessions do go quickly, but it is kind of bizarre cycling with half your body in a compression chamber gaining steam, and the other half outside scrolling Instagram.
I got measured after six sessions and had lost some centimetres, but not enough for me to continue with the training. You see, patience isn’t a virtue of mine. But if you’ve got weight to lose, and the time to commit, the real women and celebs who swear by it, assure me, you’ll get results.
Are you obsessed with chocolate or nuts about donuts? If so, just how much exercise does it take to work that indulgence off?