Stephanie Stewart is the editor of lifestyle website Lipstick & Cake, author of Button-Popping Breakfasts and chronic sufferer of the travel bug.
As regular readers would know the last year and a half has been tough for me. Between fertility issues and then a marriage breakdown life has…hmm how do I put this… sucked big time.
I knew that I was neglecting my physical health and well-being but I was too busy trying to work through my emotions, building this blog into a business and the rest of my time was spent moping around and feeling sorry for myself. I was not exercising as often as I should and whilst I didn’t totally binge on ice cream and chocolate, I wasn’t eating regularly or properly.
About four months ago I received an email from the team at Hypoxi, asking me if I would like to do a trial with them. I had heard nothing but good things about Hypoxi and decided that it was time to put down the block of Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations (jelly popping candy) and red wine, get off the couch and do something to help myself. I also had my Hawaii trip coming up fast and I wanted to look good in a bikini!
I decided that the first day of Hypoxi would be the first day of a healthy new me.
I headed to the Surry Hills studio for my first Hypoxi session and I was so excited. Before starting any exercise I sat down with one of the lovely girls to go through my medical info, identify concerns and share my hopes and goals for Hypoxi. After the chat it was time to get down to my undies (top can stay on) for measurements and weigh in. Once that’s all done it was time to hop into gym gear (loose pants and a tee) and hit the machines.
(In Steph’s words: Wet suit with bubble wrap on the inside)
(My view from inside the “bubble suit”)
Oh this is my favourite part of Hypoxi! To kick off my session I am helped into what can only be described as a giant wet suit then helped down onto a little day bed. Once I’m lying down I was plugged into a machine that sucks out all the air from inside the suit and then little bubbles inside the suit begin to massage you.
The first time I used this machine I felt a little claustrophobic as the suit gets very tight, but once I was able to make myself breathe and relax I actually began to really enjoy it.
(In my words: The vacuum-seal bike)
The L250 is a reclined bike of sorts. One of the lovely girls at Hypoxi would strap two heart monitors onto me – one just under the bra and the other on one my thighs. They then would help me into a “skirt” that feels a lot like neoprene material. The skirt zips up just under the bust and once you lay down on the machine, the bottom of the skirt clips into a hood that comes down and covers the lower half of the body…..