“The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.” – Aristotle

While this thought may not be the best approach to living life in general, it is certainly apt for those who suffer from pain in their bodies. Avoiding pain is difficult, however, if it is chronic and easily triggered by movement. If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from physical pain, you know how much that pain can impact your lifestyle choices.

High-Intensity Interval Training – Hot and Cold

vasper systemVarious exercise strategies are often employed for cardiac rehabilitation. One approach is known as high-intensity interval training (anaerobic exercise), or HIIT. According to Wikipedia it is also called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) or sprint interval training (SIT).

HIIT is being increasingly used for patients with cardiac diseases or are at high risk of these. According to an abstract from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health,

“HIIT appears safe and better tolerated by patients than moderate-intensity continuous exercise (MICE). HIIT gives rise to many short- and long-term central and peripheral adaptations in these populations. In stable and selected patients, it induces substantial clinical improvements, superior to those achieved by MICE, including beneficial effects on several important prognostic factors (peak oxygen uptake, ventricular function, endothelial function), as well as improving quality of life.”

While this form of interval training is not specifically intended for rehabilitation and recovery from surgery or injuries, if the strategy is designed properly it can be utilized for that purpose.

HIIT is essentially a cardiovascular exercise strategy incorporating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise that alternate with less intense recovery periods. Though there is no “standard” duration for an HIIT session, the intense workout portions of the training sessions are typically under 30 minutes.

An alternative approach, which has been coined as a “cold” approach by some, utilizes the Vasper System technology to amplify your body’s biological repair and recovery response to provide easily accessible, sweat-free, and low-impact 21-minute workout sessions designed to help you heal faster.

This is, essentially, a technology-centric approach that offers a safe and patented health technology designed to promote systemic health gains. The Vasper System is based on compression technology, cooling and interval training, three scientifically proven principles, all working together for substantial results.

By utilizing compression and cooling technology, Vasper creates the effect of a high intensity exercise but without the time, effort, and muscle damage required to achieve the same results with conventional exercise. The Vasper System results in patients being energized and rejuvenated with reduced body aches and pains. In addition, there is no feeling tired and sore after an exercise session.

“Vasper is this incredible technology that basically enables people to mimic the physiology of a more intensive workout and initiate some of the same benefit.” Sebastian Wasowski, Co-Founder and VP of Vasper

A Technology Approach for Recovery

The Vasper System uses a low impact NuStep T5XR – a recumbent, elliptical platform that effectively avoids stressing your body and breaking down muscle tissue. The result is an exercise session that exerts minimal stress to your muscles while still triggering a systemic recovery response that can heal damaged or unconditioned areas of your body. And a Vasper session is accomplished without significant muscle damage.

In addition, the NuStep T5XR platform accommodates almost any physical limitation, regardless of age or fitness level, while reducing physical breakdown and fatigue. This is especially valuable for those overcoming physical limitations or injury since less damage translates into quicker recovery times.

Because the Vasper System is a technology-based approach to fitness and recovery, it maximizes four essential components to deliver “the most significant benefits of high-intensity exercise in an efficient and low-impact 21-minute workout.”

Low Impact Elliptical Platform

Utilizing a patented recumbent elliptical makes Vasper accessible to anyone, no matter their age or fitness level, and is especially valuable for those recovering from physical limitations or injury.


A slight compression to the arms and legs is the core element that allows a workout on a low impact elliptical to be effective. The compression slows the flow and accumulates metabolites, such as lactic acid, which amplifies the brain’s signal for muscle growth and repair.


The body is cooled during a workout with circulating 47-degree water. The cold allows more oxygenated blood to be delivered and to stay in your muscles, which aids in recovery and pain reduction.


Advanced software enables each interval training session to be adjusted to any physical ability level.

The Vasper System is highly useful for recovery and rehabilitation. In fact, numbers of research hospitals, physicians, physical therapists, injured athletes, and others are using Vasper with impressive results. In addition to helping with expedited injury recovery, other benefits of the Vasper System include”

  • Relieved Pain
  • Regenerated Muscle Tissue
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Increased Energy and Endurance
  • Enhanced Muscle Mass and Strength at Lowered Workload

We no longer have a Vasper system at our facility, but we encourage or clients and readers to explore systems like Vasper while they pursue their health goals

Every person’s bodies work differently. We are always looking for the best ways to help you achieve the fitness and pain relief goals you are pursuing. Contact us at (707) 636-4404 or book an appointment online, so we can get you started on your road to a healthy mind and body.