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Hypoxi – my honest review

Do you remember the first time you didn’t like your body? When you first started to pick apart all the parts and pieces which make you, you? I do. I was 14, I guess I need to be thankful that it was not before this, which I am positive our next generation are acutely aware of at a much earlier age.

At 32, I think I have given most methods a try. In terms of diets I have tried Atkins, Ketogenic, Weight Watchers, Mediterranean, BodyTrim, Lite & Easy, Clever Guts, calorie counting and weighing my food to the gram. With exercise I have had the gym memberships, gone to classes, been involved in boot-camp, bought the heart-rate monitor, running, swimming, HIIT, fat-burning cardio – the lot.

Not in an obsessive way of course, just little lifestyle changes from time to time. Sometimes I successfully kept the weight off for a while and then due to bad practice would put it all back on again (my fault).

I am finding the weight harder to shift, it is more stubborn, it is dense and with a risk for intracranial hypertension – I need to be both mindful and aware of my BMI. Around 4 months ago I was so sick of going to the gym, that I stopped going. My bike tyres kept blowing out, so I stopped riding to work and quite frankly the mornings were cool and dark, so early morning exercise was out of the question (again, this is all my own doing).

My girl friend in Sydney runs her own Hypoxi clinic and for a few years she has told me about the benefits. My best friend and MOH two years ago went through a Hypoxi program prior to my wedding and had great results. I am coming up to the completion of my eight week program and with many of my girl friends asking for a blog post and an update, here it is!

What is Hypoxi?

Hypoxi is a low-impact exercise that promotes quick and targeted results (fat + cellulite)sessions. With advanced vacuum and compression technology (and nutrition) Hypoxi activates your body’s natural system to burn specific areas of fat and cellulite.

Who is Hypoxi?

Hypoxi was developed by a sports scientist, Dr Norbert Egger and his interest in shifting the problem areas for women resulted in the development of Hypoxi, which made it’s way to Australia in 2005.

How do I Hypoxi?

Lucky for all of us, Hypoxi provides a free initial session for anyone and everyone, during this session your local Coach will assess your requirements and objectives and explain Hypoxi. There are many studios, find your closest one here.

When do I HYPOXI?

There are some independent studies to read, which you best believe I poured over before I decided to try it out – link is here.

Hypoxi is a low-impact exercise that promotes quick and targeted results in just 30 minute sessions. Science is backing this one and being the ever-cautious research nut that I am, it took me a few months before I decided to try it out.

Thankfully there is a free session available to all, which gives you the chance to speak with your local franchised, discuss your wants, needs and expectations and also try it out.

I approached the Bulimba clinic pretty nervously, I feel most vulnerable talking about and showing my body to others. I prefer to hide in the corner of the gym, or go for walks in the dark. It’s just how I am. So it took courage for me to claim my free session and head in.

I could not have been welcomed more warmly than I was by Bec, Although I was suspicious of being presented with unachievable projected goals or a price-list that would make me cry, it could not have ben any different.

Bec is personable, friendly and logical. Having Bec be a part of my journey was wonderful addition to what would turn out to be an incredibly effective and enjoyable experience.

I purchased the eight week program, rolled my ankle pretty severely after week three and then needed a month off. So sadly my results were altered I would imagine because of this. Despite this, I couldn’t be happier with the results! So, my measurements after the eight week program!

I have lost 1.5cm from my waist (which is the smallest part of me, so pretty impressive!)

I have lost 9.5cm from my stomach.

From my hips I have dropped 6.5cm and from my bottom I have lost 5cm!

Safe to say I adore Hypoxi, I love my early morning sessions with Bec at the Bulimba clinic and I have one more week to go in my pre-purchased pack. Unfortunately I rolled my ankle half way through and needed three weeks off, however I still saw results I am beyond happy with.

nd I felt as though I was supported and encouraged in a totally judgement-free zone. Having my measurements taken was pretty daunting and distressing to a point. Have you ever just thought “How did I get here?”. Anyways, the trick is to not get too hung up on that and keep on moving forward.

Things to remember and to abide to, honestly I trialled following and not following these and the differences week-to-week were really noticeable!

  • do NOT consume food for two hours after your session and avoid carbs for a further 4-6 hours. Failing to follow this will result in burning your food, rather than your stubborn food.
  • no alcohol after your session and overall try to limit your alcohol consumption
  • no caffeine for two hours after your session
  • keep your water up – 2L per day if you can
  • avoid fruit immediately after your session also
  • in general try to stick to foods with less then 10mg per 100mg of carbs

The machines I used included the L250 trainer and the HypoxDermology (HD) suit, otherwise known as my sleep-time. This contraption rejuvenates the skin, improving its tone and texture and is modeled on the ancient Chinese practice of cupping. There are some complexities when getting into the suit. First of all, I am 5″9, so everything is long and I am tall, I also pack a bun on-top of my head that nearly requires its own separate hat – I am now at a stage where I can manoeuvre that bad-boy into the suit expertly (although I still forget to bring my arms down to a height which is appropriate for Bec to help me, sorry Bec). I go in this for half an hour before my thirty minute L250 session.So, if you are thinking of it giving it a go, you won’t be disappointed. Here are my before and after pictures. Which I’m not super comfortable sharing but for anyone like me who was searching high and low for independent reviews, then I hope this helps!

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My Hypoxi Experience – Day 1, Week 1

It’s 6:30am and I’m onto my second programmed session at my local Hypoxi studio. I came for my trial last Thursday and decided to purchase a package. Hypoxi is a low-impact exercise and has been developed to burn stubborn fat and reduce cellulite. It was developed by an Austrian sports scientist, Dr Norbert Egger in 1997 and was established in Australia in 2005. Multiple independent studies have been performed into the benefits of Hypoxi and the results are there, with those undertaking Hypoxi achieving an average of 3 times higher loss in circumference in the area around the lower body,

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I’ve heard about Hypoxi for years now and have always wanted to try it. I’ve been mindful of the cost as it is not cheap. However with every failed diet, gym program and every other supplement, app, training session and boot camp which I’ve also forked money out for, it seems like this is worth the investment. Here is an article put together by Sasha Melnik (August, 2017) 9 Reasons why Hypoxi is right for you!

I’ve tried most forms of exercise, pretty much every eating program and even though I may experience small results, they are often short-lived. I retain water like a camel and whilst I used to be considered to be a “pear” shape, that’s pretty much morphed into a butternut pumpkin.

For years I thought maybe it was a hormonal thing. It didn’t make sense to not lose weight and/or cm’s whilst eating well and exercising, off the booze, sugar free etc. Yet I would be lucky to shift 5kg in as many months. I am not a small person. This is not the last 5kg I was thing to move. This was the first. I stand at 5″9 and am 100kg+. At my happiest and healthiest I was mid-80’s with really good muscle tone. That was five years ago.

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I’ve had my food tolerances tested, my thyroid tested, all of my hormones. I’ve seen nutritionists and Doctors, Exercise Physicians, Psychologists, PT’s, holistic practitioners – the lot. Everyone offers more or less the same advice. Don’t eat sugar. Don’t have soft drink. No more take away. It seems to be the easiest go-to, looking at me. Then when I explain I eat really well and have very good portion control and dietary understanding they assume I’m not trying hard enough at the gym.

It’s confusing. It’s hard to think that this size is my body’s new “normal”. I don’t want it to be. I’m not comfortable and I am not healthy.I set about eating completely clean, drinking only water and taking the diuretics – I dropped 10kg pretty quickly. That was without exercise. So it became glaringly obvious that I hike a hell of a lot of water (I really am like a human cucumber but with anxiety).The science is there. It is backed by science, there are real results.

As I’ve written this, I’ve reached half-way on my L250 session (30 minutes in total). My wonderful consultant Bec has recommended both the Hypoxidermology and the L250 for my program, to assist not only with uneven skin tone, water retention and cellulite but also with the fat deposits around my stomach, thighs and backside. I am really hopeful that I too will have positive results.I plan on sticking to my usual cardio during the week, my healthy eating and the occasional wine and treat meal. It’s too hard for me to go all-in, I end up binging or taking weeks off and really, this has been too big of an investment to be giving up!

My Husband and I are heading off on a 5 week adventure at the end of September. So that’s in less than three months. I would really love to have noticeable results by then. I will try to have 2 or 3 other cardio/toning sessions during the week in addition to my three Hypoxi sessions and at the end of my purchased program (8 weeks), I hope to have noticeable results!

You can grab your free session with Hypoxi on the following link:

What training and or eating plan do you swear by?

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