Jonti Wilson is the well-known one legged bodybuilder, who has coined the phrase “Four toots on my tin” when talking about using canned oxygen as part of his training.
For those of us who have been around the body building scene for a few years, we’ve seen various fads come and go. From equipment like slimming belts and “shake weights” to dozens of faddy diets, we’ve seen them all come and go, and got back to what we know works – eating well, using the right supplements at the right time, and training hard and often!
Portable canned oxygen has been around for some time – even Roger Bannister experimented with it when he was trying for the 4 minute mile, and plenty of sports people use it to recover after intense training. But it’s only in the last couple of years that it has become available in an affordable aerosol type canister, that means most of us can afford to buy and use it regularly.
Basically, what you are doing when you inhale almost pure oxygen is increasing your own blood oxygen level, and to help your blood clear away lactic acid and other by-products of hard exercise.
When I first heard about canned oxygen, in particular a brand called booost, I wondered if it would fall into the same category. But I’m always up for trying something new, and the publicity boys at booost were putting out some pretty impressive quotes from other bodybuilders and strongmen.
So I decided to try it out….
The product is 99.5% oxygen, and it’s designed to “get you through your wall.” In other words, it’s about using it to get extra sets in or to use more eight than you normally do. The first time I used it, I had well and truly hit my wall – I was on a leg workout, and had two sets to go. I felt pretty much finished, but I had 4 shots of booost, and I couldn’t believe how quickly I recovered and how good I felt in finishing my sets off.
They’ve deliberately flavoured the product with natural mint, so you know how much you are inhaling and it helps dispel “exercise mouth!”
My son, who is a real sceptic had exactly the same experience, and needless to say, we both use booost now whenever we need it. Since I became a user booost have commissioned research into the effects of oxygen usage, and it shows that you can gain up to 18.7% performance improvement. I can’t put a figure on how much booost improves my lifting, but I can tell you that when I really need a booost, it works for me.
The key is in using it at the right moment – basically when you feel you’re about to hit that wall, when your body is telling you that you can’t do anymore – that’s the time to use booost, and you will see the benefits.
Portable oxygen is here to stay – there are several brands on the market, but booost is a British company who have become Europe’s number one sports oxygen supplier.
They also have a money back guarantee, with no questions asked. So take my advice, give it a try, and if it doesn’t work for you, then you have nothing to lose, do you?