CVAC (Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning™) is whole-body adaptive conditioning.
Just like exercise training requires the body to adapt to increased workloads to improve fitness, the dynamically cycling changes in atmospheric pressure, temperature, and air density of a CVAC session require the body to respond similarly. So, in a CVAC session, your fitness is improved by increased effort; and the challenges (or effort) are provided by varied changes in air pressure. The body naturally adapts to this increased demand and improves and accelerates fitness even more.
You will see gains that allow you to achieve better oxygen utilization, improved anaerobic energy production and improved metabolic waste removal. The work and the recovery occur in sequence within the 20-minute CVAC Session, so while your body’s cellular energy-making machine is being enhanced, your body is also receiving assistance in eliminating the waste products naturally produced.
What does a session look like?
Your entire body — blood, organs, muscle — is rhythmically compressed and relaxed, as a computer screen outside the pod charts the peaks, plateaus, valleys and drops. The standard session is a brief 20 minutes.
Unlike hyperbaric chambers that work by increasing the air pressure in order to saturate the blood with oxygen and stimulate healing, the CVAC is based on the benefits created by constant and rapid pressure changes. As you sit in the pod, an external vacuum pump adjusts the barometric pressure inside, simulating increases and decreases in altitude that range from sea level to over 22,500 feet.