It’s no secret that sticking to a consistent exercise program and a nutritional, balanced diet will yield great results in the body department. But even that kind of discipline is not enough to get rid of those problem areas around the bum, tummy, thighs and hips.
I’m a ‘feel the burn’ exercise-person myself, and honestly thought that saddle bags and a little too much cellulite than I’m comfortable with were just genetic ‘gifts’ that I had to live with unless liposuction was in my future – which seems tad drastic/ expensive / too much downtime. The closest I’ve come to a ‘slimming solution’ outside of the gym is a detoxifying body wrap; I like science and facts – and frankly a lot of the non-surgical, non-exercise ‘miracle cures’ sound pretty unbelievable / expensive / wishy-washy to me.
So when the chance arose for a trial session with HYPOXI, a machine-assisted program that’s non-invasive, safe and scientifically proven to offer three times more circumference loss than regular exercise – with significant results in a shorter time frame – I was very intrigued.
Their worldwide patented method for body shaping, developed by Austrian sports scientist Dr Norbert Egger, has some serious numbers behind it already. It’s a market leader in over 45 countries, with more than 250,000 annual users at it’s 2,000 studios around the world.
HYPOXI has been achieving worldwide success since 1998 and is beloved by celebrities: Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole, Madonna and Simon Cowell to name-drop a few! The testimonials from their very happy clients speak volumes and so does their list of awards: SHAPE MAGAZINE name’s them as Best Machine Assisted Slimming Session in 2015, Editor’s Choice Awards 2015 for Blissful bride magazine and (the clincher for me), Oxygen magazine has hailed HYPOXI a ‘natural alternative to liposuction’.
Here’s how it works:
HYPOXI combines two elements: moderate, gentle exercise and vacuum message and pressure therapy, to target the stubborn fat deposits on stomach and hips, thighs and buttocks; improving circulation and accelerating fat metabolism.
The result is targeted and long lasting circumference reduction (cm’s lost) from problem areas, a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, tighter, more toned skin and improved complexion. (Yes please!)
HYPOXI-Dermology treatment is a 4-in-1 treatment for firming and rejuvenating the connective tissue and skin, it activates the lymphatic system, as well as eliminating toxins.
It’s a 20-minute session (lying down- whoop) inside an HD Pressure Suit with 400 active vacuum chambers around the stomach, hips, buttocks and thigh areas – think a cross between a deep-sea diver and an astronaut.
The science behind it:
It uses vacuum massage and compression therapy – similar to ancient technique of cupping, but with a machine so it’s much more efficient– to stimulate your metabolic rate through a unique combination of alternating high and low pressure. Low pressure causes the blood to be enriched with oxygen and nutrients, and the application of high pressure forces toxins out of the tissue and improves the lymphatic drainage system and circulation. Your skin is gently pulled and then slowly pushed back to its normal state; through this gentle movement, the tissue is trained just like a muscle. As a result, the skin becomes smoother and more elastic, which, apart from radiating youth and beauty, also means the skin protecting your internal organs is healthier– so it’s a win all round!
How it feels:
Like being in bubble wrap – not at all unpleasant, I actually felt disappointed when it was over! I can see why they say this is an ideal way to reduce water retention and create smooth looking skin. (Wear leggings though – I had little ‘cup’ marks for about 45 mins afterwards!)
S120 / L250 Training machines for HYPOXI Training Method – targeted fat burning in the legs and buttocks with maximum relief of the veins.
You step in to a ‘vacuum skirt’ which then ‘locks’ on to a either a horizontal or vertical exercise bike – you use one bike per session, either S120 or L125, and then the next session you use the other one. The whole of your lower body is encased in a vacuum, but your legs are free to pedal. You then pedal for 30 minutes, slowly, this is gently exercise with no sweat!
The science behind it:
Irrespective of your fitness level, body shape or body weight, the HYPOXI S120 / L250 Training machines combine fat activation therapy (circulation to the fatty tissue in those problem areas is increased through the application of alternate pressure due to the vacuum ‘skirt’) with effective fat burning training (pedalling the bike). As a result, fatty acids located around the legs and buttocks are more readily metabolised in comparison to other parts of the body.
How it feels:
Just like being on an exercise bike in the gym, only slower and there’s a vacuum seal around your middle which ‘breathes’ in and out. It’s not at all unpleasant or rigorous in any way. Literally no sweat. You’ll definitely want your phone or kindle with you though, to make use of the time. (This would make great wedding-planning time for brides-to-be who are keen to be in tip-top shape for their big day!)
They recommend a total of twelve 30-minute training units, 2-3 times per week for visibly slender legs and reduction of cellulite.
Men experience fatty deposits mainly in the middle section of the body, so would use a different machine; the Vacunaut. This consists of the HYPOXI Pressure Suit with an integrated network of 122 high and low pressure chambers that treat the abdominal and hip area directly, applied during 40-minutes of light cardio training on the treadmill. The result is a rapid, long-lasting reduction in girth. To note, it’s an effective exercise as opposed to a hard workout. (There is no ‘burn’!)
HYPOXI-Coaches create an individual training plan for each user according to their objectives and personal requirements, and provide tips for a well-balanced diet as this is helpful to improve results. There are fixed appointments, so there’s no waiting for equipment and they offer a flexible duration of the training program, from 4 -12 weeks.
The first, and currently only HYPOXI studio in Singapore at Boat Quay features a fully-equipped studio for the HYPOXI-Method with well maintained HYPOXI devices and trained and certified HYPOXI-Coaches.
Exclusive Expat Living readers are eligible for a complimentary 1 x HYPOXI Training Session worth up to $160 – terms and conditions apply
For women: 1 session of HYPOXI-Dermology + 1 session of Training Machine (S120 or L250): 50 minutes
For men: 1 session of HYPOXI-Vacunaut: 40 minutes
If you’re keen to try it out, contact 6536 3080 for an appointment.
Terms & Conditions
One person can redeem one complimentary session | Promotion is valid till 28 Feb 2016 and cannot be exchanged for cash, neither in full nor in part | Both treatments for women have to be utilised within 1 visit | HYPOXI Lifestyle Studio Singapore reserves the final decision of this privilege | Limited to one redemption per customer only | Valid for Singaporean/PR/EP/SP/DP holders only, not valid for tourists | NRIC/FIN must be presented upon redemption.