What You Should Know
Oxycise is the name of a series of instructional videos, DVDs, books, and audio tapes that combines breathing and tensing techniques and is packaged as an exercise program. Featured on TV and in many print magazines, Oxycise first gained attention because it claimed people could lose weight just through their specific breathing techniques. Oxycise gained even more attention because it claimed it could burn 140% more calories than through regular exercise. Unlike other exercise programs, Oxycise requires very little effort or skill to do — simply breathe according to the program’s instructions. Oxycise also comes in two program difficulties, Standard Mode and Easy Does It Mode, with the latter designed for people with injuries or for the elderly.
Available for purchase through their official website or in retail stores, Oxycise videos and DVDs range from $19.95 to $29.95 per series. Oxycise add-ons, such as instructional books and audio tapes, range from $12.95 to $14.95 per series.
Because this is an exercise program, there are no ingredients to list.
The science behind Oxycise is legitimate, although Oxycise itself has not been thoroughly studied for effectiveness. Controlled breathing is scientifically shown to increase blood flow to important muscle groups, increasing energy and exercise effectiveness, but there are few studies on Oxycise’s effectiveness. There are no studies showing that controlled breathing increases the amount of fat you burn. However, numerous testimonials comment on Oxycise’s relaxing properties, similar to yoga or meditation.
Another facet of Oxycise is its emphasis on tensing techniques. Certain parts of the body are tensed and released, similar to warm-up exercises on traditional workout videos. Oxycise claims that this targets certain muscle groups and shapes them. According to several studies, Oxycise is correct in this assertion.
- Oxycise is easy to follow and requires little effort.
- Elders and people with injuries can use this program safely.
- You do not need to use any equipment with this program.
- There are plenty of positive testimonials on their official website.
- Although there are studies backing up proper breathing techniques, they do not back Oxycise’s specific breathing techniques.
- Oxycise does not explain how much weight loss should be expected.
- Oxycise’s videos and DVDs are more expensive than other exercise programs available.
- There are no money-back guarantees, but you can return the product if bought at a retail store.
- Those with sinus problems or other types of obstructed breathing may not see any benefits from these techniques.
Oxycise is one of the few programs that caters to people with injuries and to the elderly, which might be something worth looking into for an easy program. With no equipment or complicated instructions to follow, Oxycise is very convenient for its price. However, their claims are not proven, so proceed with caution. Although there is no inherit danger when using this program, the effectiveness of it is questionable, especially for those who have tried various exercise programs in the past and seen unsatisfactory results.