DETAILS, January 1997 - "HIGH
Athletic Business, December 1997 -
"Thin is In"
World-class athletes' use of oxygen-depleted air for
training has a long history, with some athletes moving to high
elevations to train, some wearing respiratory masks and others
sleeping in hypobaric chambers (See "Nature Adores a Vacuum,"
July 1994, p. 70). Now, Hypoxico Inc. ("We Bring the Mountain
to You") has created the Hypoxic Room SystemTM, an
oxygen-depleted environment that comes as either a one- or
two-user softwall enclosure or can be installed in an existing
toom. HRS, which can be purchased or leased, simulates an
elevation of 8,000 feet, but maintains the air pressure and
humidity level of the surrounding environment. For more
information, contact Hypoxico Inc., 50 Lexington Ave., Suite
249, New York, NY 10025, 212/726-3654.
Bicycling, March 1997 -
"Waiting to Exhale"
Altitude training has long been recognized as a way
for cyclists to improve their aerobic capacity and endurance.
That's why Tony Rominger and other European pros have held
spring-training camps in Colorado and why our 1984 Olympic
team became so preoccupied with blood
It works, packing the circulatory system with a
multitude of oxygen-ferrying red blood cells. Now, a health
club in New York City called Crunch is making altitude
training accessible to those of us marooned at sea level. It
has the world's first hypoxic training room--a 9-foot-square
vinyl cubicle containing about 5% less oxygen than normal
(15.5% compared to 20.9%). This makes it atmospherically
equivalent to being atop a 9,000-foot
Experts at Crunch claim that by exercising inside this
unit for 25 to 30 minutes a day over the course of 10 days,
you'll increase your body's ability to utilize oxygen and,
thereby, improve your performance.
We rode a LifeCycle for 15 minutes inside this chamber
and definitely felt the shortage of oxygen. In fact, the
experience was just like cycling at altitude... Joe
Your gym may have more rooms to breathe easier
in the near future. New York City's Crunch Fitness now has an exercise
room that simulates altitude conditions of nine thousand feet. While
working a treadmill or stationary bike inside the Hypoxic Room, your body
is limited to oxygen levels of 13 to 16 percent, compared to about 21
percent at sea level forcing you to use oxygen more efficiently. Crunch
trainer David Jordan suggests you start by training in the room in
ELLE, December 1996 - "High-altitude
training--at sea level"
It's no accident
that the U.S. Olympic Training Center is in Colorado Springs, 6,035 feet
above sea level, or that many top athletes train at even higher
elevations: Training under hypoxic conditions --where less-than-usual
levels of oxygen are available--builds strength and increases
cardiovascular endurance. Now, Crunch Fitness club, smack-dab in the
middle of New York City (elevation: fifty-five feet above sea level),
claims to offer the world's only hypoxic training room...the room is said
to provide the benefits of high-altitude training without the 9,000 foot
climb or the loss of barometric pressure which can cause headaches and
out at a high altitude stimulates production of red blood cells--which
carry oxygen to muscles. Just being in in it makes your ventilation pick
up," says trainer, biathlete and elite cyclist David Jordan, who uses the
chamber to train clients---and himself. Indeed, just sitting in it made me
out of breath Jordan intersperses five minutes of training (on a bike or
treadmill) in the chamber with five minutes of training outside the
chamber: he repeats the intervals for a total of twenty minutes, three
times a week. While the five minutes in the chamber were challenging, I
did feel increased energy once outside. I also got a head rush--a Rocky
Mountain High at sea level.
MAGAZINE, July/August 1997 - "Crunch NEW YORK CITY and LOS
Is your cardio workout giving you enough of a
Would you like to up the ante,
increase the intensity, burn more calories, maybe shave whole minutes off
your running time? Step into Crunch's Hypoxic Room (shown above), an
oxygen-controlled space that decreases the oxygen level at sea level
(which most of us enjoy) by six percent, which mimics the air at 9,000
feet. That's why Crunch is calling it "high-altitude training." "It
increases the number of red-blood cells, which makes the body work
harder," says Dayna Crawford, press rep.
"One half-hour on the
treadmill in the Hypoxic Room is equivalent to an hour on the treadmill
outside the room. It's a New Yorker's dream."
FITNESS December 1996 - "FITBUZZ - Room To
Skiers often complain of fatigue during their first few runs on a
sky-scraping mountain. The reason: their bodies are working extra hard to
acclimate to the diminished oxygen at high altitudes. To help you build up
strength and stamina before you leave for your next high-peaks ski trip,
engineers have developed the first and only hypoxic room in the U.S. at
the Crunch health club in New York City.
This 9' x 9', oxygen-depleted,
vinyl room simulates the air of a 9,000-foot mountain. Even non-skiers are
lining up to try it, since exercising on a treadmill, or cycling machine
inside the room increases cardiovascular strength and
Fitness Product News, September/October
1997 - "Low-Oxygen Workouts"
The Hypoxic Room System provides a
low-oxygen workout environment under normal atmospheric conditions. The
one-or-two user soft wall enclosure can be installed in any existing room
or enclosure and equipped with the operator's choice of machines. By
working out in a low-oxygen room, pulmonary ventilation and the production
of red blood cells are increased.
The intermittent hypoxia
provided gradually adapts the body to perform in a low-oxygen environment
to allow the body to perform substantially better in a normal oxygen
Under oxygen deficiency, the
body will also dissociate more fat chemically to produce energy.
Capillaries will also increase in size in specific muscles being
exercised, which then deliver more oxygen and energy substrates to needed
areas. The room always remains at the same air pressure and humidity level
for a comfortable workout. High-altitude athletes mountain-climbers,
skydivers, etc. can acclimatize their bodies to low-oxygen climates
beforehand, maximizing their time at high altitudes.
December 2, 1996
POPPING UP IN GYMS nationwide is something called the Hypoxic
Room, a $32,000, 8-by-8-by-
7-foot plastic chamber in
which the oxygen level is just 15%--a level you'd find at 9,000 feet above
sea level. According to Nicholas Ohotin, a vice president of Hypoxico
Inc., this machine will give you a 30 minute workout in just 15
Better yet, says he, the
Hypoxic Room can improve your fitness without a stick of exercise. All
that's needed is to sit in the chamber. "We can set it up in your
bedroom," offers Ohotin...
GQ, March 1997 - "Room With A Whew!"
Remember when Michael Jackson
was rumored to be sleeping in a space chamber to keep himself forever
young? Well, you don't have to marry Elvis' daughter to enjoy the benefits
of the Hypoxic Room, a nine-by-nine-foot vinyl-walled chamber at Crunch
Fitness in New York City that simulates the air...at 10,000 feet by
decreasing the air's oxygen content. The intended effect is to increase
your number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells and force you to work
harder at working out thus raising your endurance level under
circumstances not reminiscent of The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Top
athletes have trained in thin air since the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico
City, when competitors from the lowlands noticed a decline in their
performance... Maybe the Hypoxic Room will take your breath away, too.
As usual in Los Angeles, at 8000 Sunset
Boulevard, at the end of January, the gym chain Crunch inaugurated a new
club: costing many millions of dollars (in the area of three billion
lire), the principal attraction is the Hypoxic Room System: a little room
where the conditions of high altitude are recreated and includes a
stationary bike. The lack of oxygen increases the agony, because it
results in the increases the capacity of pulmonary ventilation and
hemoglobin in your blood. Moreover, due to specific chemical conditions
reproduced in this space, the undesirable air pressure found at high
elevations is avoided...
Experience, February 1997 - "Breath easier on
Headed for some high-altitude skiing, or training for a tough
race? Check out the...Hypoxic Room System, a...workout "cage" that
simulates the atmosphere at 9,000 feet. Used at Crunch Fitness in New York
City (and coming soon to a gym near you), the chamber increases stamina
because the thinner air forces heart and lungs to work harder. Caution:
Don't go longer than ten minutes to start.
MEN'S FITNESS, February 1997- "Have the Mountain come to
the past, if you wanted to train at high altitudes, you had to go the
mountain. Now, in the absence of a mountain, there's the Crunch fitness
club in Manhattan. The world's first Hypoxic Room, a nine-by-nine-foot
vinyl chamber, houses an environment with 15 percent oxygen, simulating
the air you breathe at 9,000 feet above sea level the elevation of many
ski resorts. The difference is, there's no ozone or other oxidizing agents
that reduce the benefits of high-altitude training. Using a stationary
bike or treadmill in the room is intended to train your body to perform
well under hypoxic conditions, which in turn can help you perform better
in a normal environment. NBA and NFL trainers have displayed
Men's Health, June 1997 -
Can you build a stronger heart out of
To replicate the
pulse-pounding, lung-searing effects of high-altitude exercise, New York's
Crunch fitness club is offering the world's first hypoxic (low-oxygen)
training room. The oxygen content within this vinyl cell has been cut to
about 15 percent (normal sea level is around 21 percent). The result is an
artificial atmosphere that makes your lungs feel as if they're on top of a
9,000-foot mountain. And you don't even have to pay the air fare to
We sent senior writer Joe Kita
to pedal a stationary bike inside this room for 15 minutes, and he
definitely felt the shortage of oxygen. Even at a moderate pedaling
cadence, his well-trained heart was pounding and he couldn't maintain a
Men's Journal, February 1997 - "Peak
Fitness - High-Alpine Training in the Gym"
It's every flatlander's quandary: To
ski, snowboard, climb, bike, or bike in the mountains, you need a day or
two to adjust to the altitude, but who has the time? Last fall, New York
City's Crunch Fitness club introduced a solution: the world's first
Hypoxic Room System. The 8-foot-by-8-foot vinyl-walled enclosure simulates
conditions at 9,000 feet, where the oxygen density is 15 percent, compared
with 20 percent at sea level ("hypoxic" means "low oxygen"). With a
treadmill and a stationary bike inside, you can train above the tree line
ahead of time.
A suitcase-sized filter skims
a preset amount of oxygen from the air outside the chamber, then pumps the
thinned-out vapor into the bubble. After several sessions of 10 to 30
minutes each, depending on your fitness level, your red-blood-cell count
starts to jump and the capillaries in your lungs and muscles expand to
deliver O2 more efficiently. "When you hit the mountains, you'll be ready
to go full-bore," says Crunch trainer David Jordan. "No altitude sickness,
no holding back." The system also benefits those who never leave sea
level. In mid-September, Jordan, an amateur competitive cyclist, had his
VO2 mas, a gauge of the body's ability to utilize oxygen during strenuous
exercise, measured at 68. After six weeks of training for at least 20
minutes a day in the HRS, it improved to 71, a significant jump. "The room
cut my training time in half," he says.
Crunch has installed hypoxic
rooms in two of tits New York gyms and one in Los Angeles. The chambers
should start springing up in other health clubs around the country soon,
now that Crunch's exclusivity agreement with Hypoxico, the company behind
the HRS, has expired. David Willey
METROSPORTS, October 1996 - "Sweat
Band/All The News That's Fit"
Once again, CRUNCH is on the cutting
edge of fitness technology. At the uptown location on the West Side,
CRUNCH is introducing Hypoxic Training. What is it? Hypoxic Training is a
method of physical development involving the inhalation of oxygen-depleted
air during physical activity. Basically, high-altitude running in the
environment in the Hypoxic Room System (HRS) is the same you would feel at
an elevation of 9,000 feet, such as in the Rockies or the Sierra
Mountains. The HRS however, eliminates the unhealthy air components at
those altitudes. Another big advantage of the HRS is that it retains the
comfortable atmospheric pressure and humidity of the training facility,
eliminating air-pressure change problems.
Simply by entering the HRS,
you begin exercising your cardio-pulmonary system. No more than five
minutes for beginners in the chamber as the HRS doubles the stress on your
cardio-vascular system. Once adjusted to the HRS, you will find your
workouts to be extremely more efficient and your ,stamina and progress to
reach heights that you never dreamed possible.
All-Natural Muscular Development, July 1997 - "Training With An
A TRENDY MANHATTAN HEALTH CLUB, Crunch Fitness, is now offering
training for skiers (and vacationers who suffer from altitude sickness) in
their "hypoxic room"--a workout room that simulates the air at 9,000 feet
(USA Today, January 29, 1997). The concept is simple. The vinylenclosed
8-by-8-foot room, outfitted with a treadmill and bicycle, is pumped full
of air containing 15% oxygen, compared with 21% at sea level (that's about
the same as Aspen, Colorado). Crunch Vice President SARAH DENT says skiers
would need to work out in the room about every other day for three weeks
to prepare for a mountain trip. Working out in such a room will help
people use oxygen more efficiently which is a trick boxers have used for
years in preparation for a fight.
The chain will open a second
hypoxic room in Los Angeles early this year and is considering them for
gyms planned in Chicago and San Francisco.
NEWSWEEK, October 28, 1996 - "INTO THIN
Why go all the way to Colorado for high-altitude training when you
could just go the gym? So ask the trendsetters at Manhattan's Crunch
fitness club, home of the world's first "Hypoxic Room." Air inside the
9-by-9-foot chamber is filtered to provide just 15 percent oxygen the same
gasp-inducing proportion found at 9,000 feet. Hanging out inside the
chamber is a workout in itself, so sessions on the enclosed bike and
treadmill quickly increase cardiofitness. Inventors at Hypoxico Inc. in
New York City have already been approached by NFL and NBA teams. Says one
VP, "We're even adapting a trailer for a racehorse."
New York Magazine, September 9, 1996 -"The Arms and Legs
...Crunch...has also refurbished its location...adding bells and
whistles like the nation's first hypoxic room, a...closet in which a
low-oxygen mix simulates the altitude of Aspen, Colorado all in the
interest of thinner thighs...
New York Magazine, January 20, 1997
On our way past the
selectorized machines the weight machines made by Icarian and others for
every muscle in your body we pass a strange-looking plastic-encased area
known as the Hypoxic Training Room, where you can do the treadmill or the
bike in an oxygen-depleted environment. "It's like how Olympic athletes
train, by going into areas with high altitudes," [Crunch VP Roger] Harvey
explains. I ask who uses it. Harvey looks inside, where a very sweaty man
with a protruding belly is on the treadmill. "This guy, I don't know, but
he doesn't look like a professional athlete," Harvey says, "Anyone can use
The New York Times Magazine May 25, 1997 - "Exercise Fireman's
...To condition his body to do more with the decreased amount of
oxygen firemen get from their tanks, [Eric Torres] trains inside Crunch's
"Hypoxic Chamber," a 9-by-9-foot...box set to simulate the oxygen-thin
atmosphere at 7,000 feet...
Out Magazine, November 1997 -
High-altitude training comes to a gym near you.
Looking for a quick way to
upgrade your vanilla workout? Simply change your altitude.
Hop on a bike in a hypoxic
room, a.k.a. the "punishment chamber," where the 15 percent oxygen content
compared with the usual 21 percent at sea level will give you the exertion
equivalent of a ride through 10,000-foot-high mountains. "I tell people if
they don't do their workouts, we'll put them in there," says Bryant
Denson, with a laugh, at New York's Crunch Fitness. The chamber gives
conditioned athletes a competitive edge and prepares skiers who want to
adapt to high altitudes before a trip. The low level of oxygen causes
capillaries in the lungs and muscles to expand and, over time, deliver
oxygen more efficiently.
Look for hypoxic rooms at
Crunch in L.A., and at gyms in Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas.
Outside Magazine, November 1997 - "Trends - Oxygen Who Needs
Sure, you could pull up your sea-level stakes and head to Boulder
in search of that edge from altitude training. Or you could cruise down to
Crunch Fitness in New York or Los Angeles and take a jog at 9,000 feet.
The long line at Crunch and several other similarly fad-happy clubs these
days isn't so much for the vaunted StairMaster, but for a turn on a
treadmill enshrouded by an assemblage of clear walls. Step through a
curtain of vinyl flaps not unlike your average shower-curtain liner and
you've entered a hypoxic room, an eight-by-eight chamber pumped full of
oxygen-deprived air (call 917-770-6059 for a chamber near you). But
because that air is maintained at ambient pressure, an athlete experiences
all the aerobic joys of high-altitude training with none of the irksome
side-effects such as dehydration, headaches and wooziness.
Whether you're training for
the Leadville Trail 100 or prepping for a ski holiday in Summit County,
working out in hypoxic conditions will assuredly help you acclimatize. But
can weekly gasping sessions yield the same benefits as living high, which
actually causes the cardiovascular system to increase its capacity to
transport oxygen? "We don't even understand the benefits of real altitude
training," says Jack Daniels, running coach at the State University of New
York in Cortland, and an expert in the effects of altitude on athletes.
"But people figure anything that hurts must be good for them and working
out at 9,000 feet certainly hurts." Laura Hilgers
PLAYBOY, January 1998 - "THE AIR UP
On the heels of the oxygen-bar craze comes another breathing
device. The Hypoxic Room System is a transparent chamber that simulates a
"mountain" atmosphere at a 9000-foot altitude. The air is low in oxygen
and filtered to minimize dust and bacteria.
Work out in this chamber and
Hypoxico says you'll increase your endurance by 40 percent and burn more
calories in less time than a normal workout takes. If you would rather
snooze than sweat, try Hypoxico's "bed tent" which surrounds you with
clean, thin air, making you stronger while you sleep. Sound too good to be
true? Some people think the chambers are as useful as Mir, but regular
users swear by them. To find out for yourself, look for the chambers in
health clubs such as Crunch Fitness in New York and Los
VOGUE, November 1996 -
Athletes use altitude training to prepare for important
competitions. Working out at a high altitude forces the body to adjust:
The number of red blood cells in the system increase, which gets more
oxygen into the bloodstream. But mile-high training means traveling to
far-flung mountains for weeks at a time. Now Crunch has introduced a
hypoxic chamber for athletes who want to get the benefits of altitude
training without leaving the gym. Atmospheric controls bring oxygen levels
in the chamber down to those of a high-altitude location like Aspen. For
more information, call Crunch at (212) 875-1902.
Self Magazine, February 1997 - "The
Rockies at Sea Level"
For years, the athletic elite have
increased their aerobic capacity by training at high altitude. Now regular
folk and flatlanders can live the fitness high life. Hypoxic training
rooms insulated chambers that simulate the...air found at 9,000 feet above
sea level are popping up in health clubs, private homes and pro team
training rooms nationwide.
SHAPE, June 1997 - "What's new, what's
Think your workouts are too easy? Crunch fitness centers in new
York City and Los Angeles have a way to make you breathe even harder
altitude training. Crunch is the first gym in the United States to install
hypoxic, or low-oxygen, training rooms. These 9-foot-by-9-foot vinyl
chambers maintain oxygen at 15 percent, equivalent to being at 9,000-feet
elevation. Training under such conditions has been shown to increase the
body's oxygen-delivery system by stimulating the production of red blood
cells and strengthening the heart and lungs...
Life, February 1997 - "The Mountains of
There are two ways to exercise at altitude in New York City. You
can run up the stairs of the 110-story World Trade Center, which will put
you at an elevation roughly equal to New Jersey's Hidden Valley (1,400
feet). Or you can approximate Aspen's Rocky Mountain high (9,000 feet) by
working out in what's being called the world's first health club hypoxic
chamber. (Hypoxia: a decrease in the oxygen supplied to the
The Hypoxic Room System is at
Manhattan's Crunch Fitness, one in a chain of trendy gyms inNew York City
and Los Angeles. Air with oxygen levels of 11 to 16 percent (compared to
21 percent at sea level) is pumped into a...9-foot-by-9-foot chamber.
Inside, you can work out on a treadmill and a stationary bike, both
equipped with heart-rate monitors. The concept: Simulate high altitude
where the cardiovascular system adapts to thin air by more efficiently
utilizing the scarce oxygen. This workout boosts athletic performance both
at high elevations and sea level.
Of course, most elite athletes
prefer to train at altitude in someplace larger than a...cube say,
mile-high Boulder, Colo. But for flatlanders, Crunch claims that 20 to 30
days of hypoxic training will yield positive results, whether you're
bashing the bumps on a ski vacation or jogging in Central Park. For
skiers, this also presents a new way to prevent altitude sickness by
allowing for acclimation to thin air before arriving slopeside. The
chamber may physiologically put you on the mountaintop, but for those
jaw-dropping alpine views, you'll still have to travel.
SKIING Magazine November 1996 - "Thinning Air Altitude
The symptoms are all too familiar dizziness, racing heart,
shortness of breath. Is it love? No, altitude sickness.
Crunch, a New York health
club, is touting a new way to kee the thin-air blues at bay what they call
"the world's first hypoxic room" "We've filtered ten percent of the oxygen
from the room's air, so that it simulates a 9,000foot elevation," explains
Crunch's Sarah Dent.
The "room" is actually a
nine-foot-by-nine-foot clear vinyl box, just large enough to hold a
stationary bike and a treedmill. Unlike the mountains, the chamber's
temperature, humidity and air pressure remain at Manhattan's levels,
although ozone is filtered out.
For the first month, aspiring
highlanders just limit each sessoin to a half-cozen, five-minute intervals
alternated with rest. After that, most folks can such the thin wind to
their lungs' content...Mitch Kaplan
Snow Country, December 1996 - "Altitude in a
Some competitive athletes get an edge by training at altitude to
improve endurance. Now recreational athletes can get that same advantage
without a trip to high country. The Aspen Hypoxic Room System is a chamber
with...walls big enough to fit workout equipment. It's filled with air
containing 15 percent oxygen, the level found at altitudes of 9,000 feet,
such as in Aspen (at sea level, the air is 21 percent oxygen). At the
lower concentration, the heart and lungs must work harder to get the
available oxygen to the hard-working muscles. As a result, the
cardiovascular system becomes more efficient. The chamber is a boon for
skiers who want to prep their lungs before a trip to avoid altitude
sickness and improve performance. Watch for them in...health clubs
March 1997 - "The Air Up There"
Athletes from around the country flock
to the mountains of Colorado to inhale the thin air and increase their
aerobic capacity. Imagine if you could travel only a few blocks to the
local gym for the same heady experience. Well, now you can provided you
live near the Crunch studio at 1109 Second Avenue in Manhattan. A
15-minute workout in the Hypoxic Room a chamber filled with air that's
only 15 percent oxygen (compared to 21 percent at sea level) is roughly
equivalent to a 30-minute workout outside...
November 1996 - "Breathless"
Athletes use altitude training to
prepare for important competitions. Working out at a high altitude forces
the body to adjust: The number of red blood cells in the system increase,
which gets more oxygen into the bloodstream. But mile-high training means
traveling to far-flung mountains for weeks at a time. Now Crunch has
introduced a hypoxic chamber for athletes who want to get the benefits of
altitude training without leaving the gym. Atmospheric controls bring
oxygen levels in the chamber down to those of a high-altitude location
like Aspen. For more information, call Crunch at (212)