What will working out look like 100 years from now? In Wednesday's Healthier Me, we take a look at a futuristic approach: exercise pods!
First dreamt up by Swiss scientists nearly 50 years ago and further developed in Italy, the "Iobella Method" has users strapping themselves into temperature-controlled personal enclosures to work out.
These "pods" maintain a constant temperature of approximately 100°F, or 1.4°F above the average body temperature of a healthy human being. Quickiechick's Cheat Sheet author Laurel House describes it as an "accelerated body reshaping system that incorporates a high-rep, low-weight, high-heat workout."
The pods come in a variety of models, each designed to focus on a specific type of exercise. The somewhat confined space restricts users to very simple exercises, but, House explains, "because of the environment of the heat, you're burning a lot of fat really fast."
Advanced workouts may include the addition of "bioelectric toning," which uses electrode-embedded straps to induce muscle contractions. Sound unpleasant? In House's words: "It's instant tightening, [...] you're just totally sucked in. At the very beginning, it feels like scratches on the skin, and [...] you think, 'Oh, that's not bad...,' and then suddenly it grabs you. And then it releases."
If that's too intense, you might also try the more relaxing "Oxygen-3" pod; House says it uses "boosted oxygen" to "detox the body and also reduce cellulite. It's very comfortable."