The most interesting ‘workout’ I have ever done. I say ‘workout’ because I just can’t bring myself to really call it a workout or fitness, but I will call it a weight loss program. Now, where to begin…
I signed up for a free session, because let’s face it, it looks insane and I couldn’t resist! I walked in for my consultation and was greeted by Alicia. She had me fill out a short background/questionnaire before we got started. She explained to me that Hypoxi uses compression and suction to isolate blood flow to a specific area of your body when you do a light workout for maximum weightloss.
I told her I have always wanted tighter skin on my butt and thighs (I mean what girl doesn’t?) and that I just can’t get rid of that little pooch no matter how hard I try. She recommended me try the HDC session and along with a training session if I had time. The HDC session lasts 20 minutes and the training session lasts 30 so I said, “YES PLEASE! Sign me up!”
Here is what the HDC session looks like #doublechin
I am going to try to explain this to you the best I can. Here goes … Imagine yourself in a bag of unpopped popcorn. Then all of a sudden the kernels start popping, but the bag stays compressed. Then the popping stops and there is just a compression sensation. Then the kernels start again. Then they stop. And that continues for 20 minutes, on and off, all while you lay in dimly lit room and just relax. Yes, I said relax! It was like a mini massage for all of your muscles, just not as intense. What this session does is similar to cupping. The crazy scuba suit I was in had, what I would imagine was around 100 or so, little rubber suction cups that would suck then relax, suck and relax increasing blood flow and circulation, ultimately claiming to reduce cellulite and improve your skin’s appearance. I only did one session so I can’t back that claim but Hypoxi has been around for years and years and years so I won’t doubt it either.
Now onto the training session. They have a few varieties on training sessions, again, all focused on what area of your body you are trying to target. I went for the hips/thighs/butt and little bit of lower abs machine. Here is what it looked like:
I was again in an airtight chamber with bike pedals and I just pedaled at around 75-80 rpms for 30 mins. Nothing too hard, didn’t even break a sweat. The same concept applied as the last session where compressions was applied, then released, applied, then released and so on in the chamber. Here is the best part, you can just sit and use your phone, or watch TV, or read a book, whatever you feel like during these sessions. They are very low impact, a little too low impact for me! I like to sweat and really push myself to the max … this just wasn’t that. It was more like a mini spa but maybe not as relaxing.
Let’s talk pricing now. At first when Alicia showed me the packages I was like, “WOAH,” but, then she told me what all the membership included and my original shock subsided a bit. For 6 sessions, that must be used in 2 weeks, it was $270 or $380 unlimited for a month. Here’s the bonus. Included in membership, you get a nutritionist that will give you personalized meal plans for every single day. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me. You also set goals when you first start and get all of your measurements taken. Once you reach your goal, they can bump you down to a maintenance package which Alicia said can be as low as $50 a month (I think).
I definitely suggest trying a consultation session if you are in the Houston Area. But I also suggest that if you do decide to sign up, to consider it as a supplementation to your workout regime, versus an all in program.
BTW the location on Kirby in the River Oaks Shopping area (right across from Revolution Studio) is the only one in Texas. Apparently, this type of weight loss program is very popular in Australia, but not many studios are located in the states.