As I arrived, I was greeted by name and the lovely ladies (Mel and Jean) made me feel so welcome! I met my therapist, Sheila, who by the way is a qualified physiotherapist.
I was given a health disclaimer to fill out as well as a physical assessment, which included a body stats analysis and specific body measurements. Sheila made her 'diagnosis' and allocated me to a program specific for my goals and areas of development... do these ever go away?
According to the assessment I'm 'perfect' for the average person... HA! But we know, dear friends, that our aim is not to be normal, it is to be exceptional and the best that we can be!
After Sheila explained and showed me diagrams of how the treatment works and what to expect, she placed a heart rate monitor around my chest and took out, what seemed to me, like a giant rubber tutu!
This was such a cute moment! Me pointing my hands into the opening, as if I'm diving into a giant giggle creating hoop and Sheila trying to fit this bigger than life tutu around my waist... she did an expert job, though! This was definitely an ice breaking party trick to remember!
Introduction of the 'space egg'!:
As my hips, thighs and bum areas are my stubbornly voluptuous side, I was shown to the Hypoxi S120 machine, as this machine will be more effective for the extra fleshies on the derrière.
I climb in and put my feet on the peddles of the upright bike on the inside of it. Sheila then clipped me in and closed the 'space egg' around me, she explained that my heart rate and the RPM should stay between certain numbers. And so I started a low intensity cardio session, 30 minutes of cycling.
The science project; Heat, Vacuum, Compression:
While cycling, I experienced a slight warming of the machine which was not uncomfortable at all. After the warm up of 4 minutes a very interesting sucking or vacuuming action started to happen for about 20 to 25 seconds. The rubber tutu was pulling down and tight around my waist, almost like when you wring out a wet towel, still this was not uncomfortable.
After the vacuuming stopped, the compression started and the rubber tutu blew up around me like when you jump into the swimming pool with your dress on! So amazingly funny! Also for around 20-25 secs.
This sequence of vacuuming and compression repeated itself for the remainder of the time inside the space egg.
I worked up a light sweat and couldn't help but think that this is any cardio queen's dream. The intensity is low enough that you can read your fave glossy or even catch the latest episode of Gossip Girl on the big screens of the center.
I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised by the following:
This treatment program focuses on a naturally healthy and balanced nutrition plan, which means that their and GloryGirl's principles are very similar. Me like!
This is definitely NOT a QUICK FIX, as you have to invest time, money and sweat to make this work.
If you do not follow the Hypoxi Rules, then a successful outcome can't be guaranteed. (I will post on this later on). AND I LOVE THIS! Because even if someone is looking for a quick fix, by following the rules, they will actually be educated on how to make nutrition and exercise a priority for life and a life style change.
I loved the alien sense of the vacuuming/compressing rubber tutu.
Maybe I'll watch a Star Wars movie now!...hehe
Please don't forget to tell me what your goals are, as I still believe that everyBody needs a someBody!
So - the enterprising lady that I am - thought I'll volunteer for the Hypoxi therapy sessions and let my fellow sisters know what exactly is this 'quick fix' that we've been so curious about for such a long time...
In preparation to make it worth your entertainment, I took the last two weeks to gain about 4 kg's (8.8lbs) and here is how I did it:
Drinking less than 2 liters of water a day.
Eat only 3 meals a day (or less).
Not planning my meals.
Eating starchy carbs at night.
Eating whatever I felt like, whenever I wanted. (Read; no processed foods, I'm talking peanut butter and honey by the bucket loads)
Training only 3 times a week without purpose or focus.
Snacking on choccies when the 'mood' strikes. (Only good quality...Swiss or Belgium)
Not having a clear goal.
Making excuses of being too busy to make my health a priority...
and so the list goes on!
I can't believe that people are CHOOSING to live this way!
So, here's the deal; For the next 6 weeks I'm going to combine my GloryGirl coaching strategies, Cathy Savage Fitness' nutrition and training (my coach and mentor) with the Hypoxi Therapy and BLOG about the good, bad and ugly for you to see that there IS HOPE towards your best body in 2011!
I've been writing so much in my head over the last few months and have been itching to put finger to keyboard! So here I go!
Riel (my husband) and myself did a bit of a reflexion session at our weekly coffee night this week about this year and we were surprised at everything we managed to accomplish.
Grace, grace, grace echoes through my mind and spirit as I remember all the highlights of this year! God's favor is without equivalent and when you pair that with setting powerful goals and creating a plan of how to get there as well as the right people to guide and support you, you just HAVE to be successful!
My year in short:
I ended a 6 1/2 year journey with Emirates airlines as a flight attendant!
Became a published fitness writer and fitness model for Physique Magazine
Started my passion, GloryGirl Fitness where, as a life coach and personal trainer, I coach the most amazing athletes through a life style and body transformation.
Invested in an exciting new brand and publication, ExtraFit Magazine. To be launched in Feb 2011!
New York and the Arnold Classic in Columbus Ohio with my wonderful husband!
Thailand with my lovely sister.
Toronto to meet my coaches and support structure, Cathy Savage Fitness to whom I owe all my success in the competitions that I've done.
Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and Los Angeles, again with my One.
Still happily married to most beautiful man and heart alive!
Experience my first ever fitness competition, Ms Fitness South Africa, one of the best in SA and achieved my goal of placing under the top 10! I came 4th against girls 10 years younger than myself!! Love it!
Won the Fame South Africa overall title and the professional fitness model category.
Placed 2nd at the Fame World Championships in the professional swimsuit model category in Las Vegas.
Competed in the fabulous Fitness America Pageant and although I experienced a bit of a burn out (4 comps in 3 months) it was such an enriching experience!
Ladies, I challenge you to WRITE down all the amazing things that you've experienced this year! It really takes that anxious feeling of "the time just flies" down to a grateful prayer!
Always have been, but now I'm inspired to the point where I want to be an inspiration to others.
I want to be a shero..
I want to be on the other side of that glass window, that glass box that we seal so tightly around ourselves and declare:
"Okay, this is who I am now, my comfy place and I'm going to to try to be happy with just being normal. A carbon copy of all the women in all the neighborhoods of the world. I'm okay with all the talents, dreams and goals I've buried and mourned over, because someone else is all ready successful in the field where I had some potential in.... and quite frankly, I just don't have the energy to shine.."
I know I'm not alone in my experience in this mediocre glass-box-living. I got tired of wishing, looking and admiring other ladies being great at what they're great at. I got tired of the desperate disappointment I experienced every time an old year ended swiftly, yet another year where I didn't make the effort to discover and develop my God given talents and potential that wrestles in my being to be explored! Wrestling weaker and weaker as the grain of sand falls upon the head of it's friend...
I know you hear me...come on!
It's time for a new generation of SHEROES to come forth!! Women who explores the passion for a special cause that's rooted in their hearts by the One who created them. Women who reflects their Father's glory and who glorifies Him in their bodies and their spirits as is mentioned in 1 Cor 6:20, because we were bought with a price!
Autobiography time: I'll try to make it quick!
I have forever (20 years count as forever, true?) been gazing and devouring every single Fitness magazine that I could afford, "borrow" (never gave them back, sorry!) or page through at a book shop. Admiring the fit and beautiful looking woman on the covers hoping that someday I might also be the picture of vitality, energy and strength!
I never knew something like fitness modelling existed until I found Oxygen Magazine almost 10 years ago in South Africa of all places!! My heart locked into place. This is me. This is who I want to be!
It lead me onto a path of endless self study, trial and error with a multitude of different training and nutrition programs, fitness books and coaches. I eventually got certified as a personal trainer with a keen interest on the nutritional side of things. As a flight attendant it was always a battle to stay fit in between the jet lag and access to unlimited delicious and exotic food from all over the world. So I always had an excuse for never really getting to that next level, where the physique athletes roam about.
At the end of 2009 my searching lead me to the warm, open arms of Cathy Savage and her team
of awe inspiring coaches and staff. I've been blown away by their generosity of spirit and 100% support and devotion to what my goals are...
...and here I am. 4 WEEKS AWAY FROM MY FIRST PHYSIQUE COMPETITION!
I've never been more inspired to break through that glass and be my best at last!
I have got my goal set on being a published fitness model and paving the way open in Dubai and the Middle East for real women to be published in the sport and fitness publications of the ME region. The sheroes who live full lives with families and careers while making their health and fitness a priority.
Another goal (and I'm almost there) is starting up my woman's wellness company, GloryGirl Fitness, where my philosophy is: everyBody needs someBody. Through a process of life coaching, personal training and nutritional counseling I'll guide my clients to explore there infinite potential in all aspects of their lives!
I can do it. I am shero. I'm waiting for you... step up and join the shero-clan...;)