Twice the benefit, half the time. That is a wellness promise every time a pressed woman would pay good money for it.
It is like a mantra on the screen before my eyes, dressed only in shorts and a sports bra and with a resistance band in each hand, I take position in the Heat by 111Cryo pod – ready to train in Saharan temperatures up to 90c.
This is the newest high-tech way to stimulate metabolism and achieve a skin glow; it has only been in the UK for a week and there are already bookings in for the 15 and 30 minute sessions.
Victoria Woodhall (photo) shared her experience with trying out Heat by 111Cryo pod, who claims to burn 600 calories during a 60-minute session
With its bivalve shell lid studded with crystals, white mattresses and jewel-colored lamps, it seems that a Hollywood sci-fi director could send you to Mars. It is even a & # 39; thermotherapy & # 39; treatment that uses two types of heat: dynamic dry heat and infrared radiant heat – for access to a host of supposed benefits in terms of well-being and weight loss.
They include relieving muscle tension and inflammation, improving post-workout recovery, relieving joint pain, stimulating the lymphatic system and detoxing. And that is even before you have added one of the optional yoga and HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) training sessions that you can do in the pod.
My & # 39; heat engineer & # 39; tells me that heat will help stimulate heart rate and blood flow – essentially my metabolism. & # 39; The effect on your cardiovascular system is like a brisk walk & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; It can be a way to train your bloodstream while doing nothing. & # 39;
The manufacturer claims that you can burn up to 600 calories during a full session of 60 minutes and in the hours thereafter because your metabolism remains at a high level, although realistically considering the average calorie decrease is between 150 and 250 in half an hour of medium to light heat.
Your muscles are quickly warmed up by the infrared heat, a form of harmless radiation that is popular in hot yoga classes, that penetrates 1.5 inches under the skin. Meanwhile, 25 & # 39; light modules & # 39; LED light – a collagen-promoting and skin-repairing beauty treatment loved by estheticians – for the body.
Cool facial enthusiasts wave a choice of aromatherapy blends from & # 39; Vigor & # 39; to & # 39; Cleanse & # 39 ;, and the mattress vibrates like a Power Plate to give the effect of a massage. It is a sauna with benefits, not least the fact that you can do it all without the sweaty body of someone else entering your space.
Victoria (photo) tried the red environment to improve the firmness of her skin, it is currently the most popular choice
With a touch screen you can personalize your session according to your wellness goals. The 22 programs range from & # 39; Beauty Care & # 39; to & # 39; Power Nap & # 39 ;, with varying heat, intensity of massage and LED light, but it's the fitness equipment I'm interested in. I fill in a medical form to check if I am not pregnant and have no heart problems and choose five minutes of yoga and core followed by eight minutes of HIIT in the & # 39; high hyperthermic & # 39; – as hot as it gets at 90c.
The screen prompts me to choose an LED light setting: red for skin firmness, blue for acute zapping, amber for skin soothing, soothing green to tackle pigmentation and sun damage, or a combination.
I choose red, which is the most popular. I set the massage function to & # 39; high & # 39; and enter my weight so that the pod can calculate my total calorie burn. The technician closes the pod before stepping outside.
The air warms up when my yoga session starts, and a picture of a beach appears on my screen with the words & # 39; honor your body and mind, maintain a minimum of six centimeters off the scale, relax and start & # 39 ;. My first movement appears as a diagram, the calming yoga & sitkari breath & # 39; through the mouth and through the nose – a good place to start because I feel a little claustrophobic. I continue to shrug shoulder and stretch neck and wrist; begin to relax. There is not much room for maneuver, but no warm-up exercises are needed – the heat does – I am already working on my desk – the neck muscles emphasized quite deeply.
Victoria (photo) says afterwards that she should have tried a lower heat setting, Dr. claims. Yannis Alexandrides that even the lowest level can stimulate metabolism
Switching to & # 39; abdominal outbursts & # 39 ;, a kind of bottleneck with bent knees and arms along the body, I begin to feel the burn, not in my abs but in my knees. I can't help but break the 6-inch rule while my knees move dangerously close to the hot roof. One to skip next time.
I am only halfway through my training and the screen says that I have burned 70 calories. I feel energetic. My technician comes back to provide me with resistance bands attached to a bar at my feet, and increases the pace of the music for my eight-minute HIIT.
Guided by more diagrams, I take the handles and throw myself in bicep curls, forearm up and crossovers, as well as leg heights. It is heavy. I feel sweat on my chest. After six exercises I suddenly feel overwhelmed by the lights, the music, the heat. I'm not a celebrity, but take me away from here!
I lift the lid, lower the heat and click on a meditation program. Here I find calming affirmations such as & # 39; life is a series of miracles, note them & # 39 ;. Frankly, it's a miracle that I didn't pass out.
In retrospect, a lower heat setting would have been better. The lowest setting of 40c would still be sufficient to stimulate metabolism, Dr. Yannis Alexandrides tells me.
Victoria (photo) claims that her muscles are softened and her face had a fresh glow after the 30-minute session
He is the Harley Street cosmetic surgeon responsible for bringing this space age to the UK, and, along with his wife Eva, also behind the 111 Cryo room, which is also installed at Harvey Nichols. It is about the absolute opposite – spending three minutes with a surprising survival – 85c. You can book the two pods back-to-back for a Finnish-style heat / dive experience. Imagine walking from a sauna to an ice-cold lake, only with escalators and high-end handbags.
Dr. Alexandrides points out that you don't sweat so much with infrared heat, and this can make the sauna experience more bearable.
What's more, unlike normal sauna sweat, which is mainly salt and water, it is claimed that the & # 39; deep sweat & # 39; of infrared heat & cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals, nicotine, sulfuric acid, ammonia and other unwanted elements & # 39; brings forward. . He tells me that this has been measured, although he does not have the studies at hand.
By the end of 30 minutes I burned 150 calories.
My tight muscles are illuminated, my face has a fresh glow, the stress of the day has melted. Next time I will take it easy. After all, the heat does the job.
Heat by 111 Cryo at Harvey Nichols, London, starts for 15 minutes at £ 95.
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