Sometimes I like to daydream about becoming an out-of-work actress. Imagine having all those daylight hours dedicated to being active, healthy and eating well. Imagine all the yoga and errands you could fit in between auditions.
When you work normal office hours, reality is a little different. You are squeezing hours out of your day and between family, relationships, friends, exercise isn’t easy to fit in - especially the kind of exercise that will get you results but can fit into a lunchbreak. That’s where Hypoxi has comes in to help supercharge our workout.
Hailing from Austria, the machines have been quietly spreading across Australia for the last six years but have only recently hit our radars. Reputed to help burn centimetres off your targeted area by combining exercise with “compression technology”, it certainly grabbed our attention when we were facing getting back into mini-skirts this summer. But does it sound too good to be true? Of course, that’s why we couldn’t resist putting them to the test!
There are different machines for the different targeted area (not for arms though sadly) and each machine looks more bizarre as the last. If the Jetson's
had an exercise machine, this would be it. The L250 (a reclining bike that focuses on the hips, bum and thighs) encloses your legs in a pod-like chamber as you peddle away to your heart’s content. The first 30-minute session gets you a little puffed but after that you can read, tweet or catch up on chick flicks. Easy peasy.
The short sessions become my favourite workout during the week because it’s faster and easier than my usual activities and leaves me with more time for fun. I might be active but I have a hidden lazy streak which Hypoxi indulges. I also love bonding with the consultants discussing men, celebs and good eating. But most importantly, the results are awesome!
After four week, my skin is firmer and smoother around my thighs. My butt looks perkier and the shape in my legs is leaner – in fact, they look better than when I was at my fittest. I trim up in areas I never thought I could without turning to extreme dieting (obviously not an option). So in short, I’m thrilled. It’s perfect timing for the party season ahead. I just need to avoid scoffing mince pies to make sure the results stick around. The price is steep, but it’s still cheaper than a personal trainer so it really depends on if you see the bank account half-full or half empty.
A recommended course of Hypoxi is 12 sessions, ideally three 30-minute sessions a week over four weeks. The RRP is $690. Find more info here
Words by Susannah Singh