Novak Djokovic is looking to become a breakout star in America during the 2011 U.S. Open. Besides winning the tournament, what better way to say "I'm an American celebrity" than to be the subject of a crazy story about how he uses a space-age fitness pod to boost circulation and blood cells?
The Wall Street Journal reports that Djokovic has been spending time in a"rare, $75,000, egg-shaped, bobsled-sized pressure chamber" since last year's U.S. Open. The pod, made by a company called CVAC, is said to help simulate vigorous exercise and improves athletic performance by increasing circulation, adding oxygen-rich blood cells to the body and expelling lactic acid.
The CVAC Pod is fancier than the hyperbaric chambers you've probably heard about; it stimulates high altitude training to compress muscles using a vacuum pump and computer-controlled valves. Unlike other contraptions, CVAC say the conditions in its pod can be adapted for various training purposes.
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