SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A device at a San Diego health club that looks like an egg and mimics altitude changes could be the shortcut to fitness.

The device's makers claim it provides fitness on a cellular level, and it takes occupants on an altitude simulation roller coaster.

The CVAC Pod stands for Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning, and features space-age technology.

"Well, the first thing is it looked like a Mork and Mindy pod," said Denise Mueller. 

Denise Mueller is a true believer. She first jumped in the egg about a year-and-a-half ago, and soon noticed a change. She set off on a quest to set a land speed record on a bicycle.

"I've quoted it as my secret weapon, but it's not a secret. I actually have a photograph that depicts what I felt. I was literally doing this race with my mouth closed, and I remember thinking, wow, I'm not even breathing hard." she said.

The pod simulates altitude training, but adds altitude variation, which backers claim act like a cellular massage.

Makers said it gives individuals more energy while cleaning out toxins like lactic acid that slow down training, and does it in a quick fashion.

"Through this pressure cycling we stimulate the production of sections of cells that make energy, and those channels in the body that remove waste products from the cells," said Allen Ruszkowski. 

Denise does multiple back to back sessions at great variance.

It is not cheap, 15 sessions can run over $300, but Denise said it's worth it.

"It's a key element of my training. And I wouldn't do without it," she said.

The company behind the CVAC said it can help a couch potato as well.

"We're finding there is just some phenomenal benefits for people who don't have time, or even don't want to exercise. This can help give them some benefits of exercise where otherwise they wouldn't get them," said Ruszkowski.

The CVAC may not burn fat, but it may help individuals process oxygen better and boost energy levels.

CVAC is pursuing more research to prove its claims in hopes of increasing the company's success, and the company believes more benefits will be proven, including for those suffering traumatic brain injuries.