Unbeknownst to most sports' regulatory committees are the subtle ways that athletes gain a competitive edge, including lighting the other team’s mascot on fire and keeping one of Carl Lewis’s baby teeth in-sock. Gain an athletic edge without getting blisters with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a Cyclic Variations in Altitude Conditioning session (a $110 value) from Complete Clinics at the North Barrington or Gurnee location.
Cyclic Variations in Altitude Conditioning (CVAC) simulates a cycling of changes in pressure, temperature, and oxygen, boosting blood’s oxygen-carrying and adaptation capacity to help improve stamina. At Complete Clinics, CVAC explorers step into a pod and spend their 20-minute session listening to music, talking on the phone, or thinking about dinosaurs while the atmospheric changes around them simulate going up and down a mountain somewhere between 200 and 500 times. High-altitude hijinks have always been a favorite way for cyclists, pro athletes, and cowboys to boost their endurance and polish their performance, but it’s being found to have benefits for ordinary folks too. Stanford University recently studied CVAC’s effect on insulin resistance and metabolism, two key factors in obesity. And CVAC users say it helps them sleep better, be more alert, and stop losing their car keys. Click here to see CBS News Chicago’s coverage of how CVAC works and its benefits.