The days when we solely depended on yoga or fitness classes are slowly diminishing. Now, we no longer have to worry about whether we should join yoga class or opt for other fitness regimes like Pilates, kickboxing, CrossFit training and more. Fitness will now take a new meaning as virtual reality finds its use in this business. For the first time, virtual reality will create the world’s first immersive exercise class. Pure Fitness from Pure Group has launched an ‘Immersive Fitness’ spinning class in its Hong Kong studio. So, what does the virtual reality class provide the exercisers? Let us have a look at this post to know more.
Virtual Reality Fitness Spinning Class
The program has been designed by Les Mills, which is the largest provider of choreographed exercise-to-music group fitness classes. The program features videos of cinematic quality which are projected onto the screens that are placed on three walls of the studio. An instructor gives signals which are synchronized with the music and graphics.
Colin Grant, the CEO and co-founder of Pure Group said “It’s basically the gamification of exercise. It’s that sweet spot where fitness, entertainment and technology meet.”
The virtual reality fitness spinning class imitates cycling through different landscapes which includes a futuristic space city and a steep glacier.
Daniel Mestre, senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research said “Coupling exercise to virtual reality results in a more enjoyable experience by contextualizing the exercise. It notably distracts the participant from exercise-induced pain.”
According to a study by Aix-Marseille University and the French National Center for Scientific Research done in 2011, VR exercises are more engaging and they can also decrease the apparent level of exertion.
The gamification of exercise might not be a novelty, but virtual reality use in personal fitness is still in its early development stage.
Rob Enderle, principle analyst at Enderle Group, said “You’ll see an amazing amount of advancement in this VR space over the next two years. It will take a bit to get to where it needs to be to grow an audience, but it is here to stay.”
New Opportunities for Fitness Industry with VR
With the development of virtual reality headsets like the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and more, the fitness industry which had saturated, is now getting some new opportunities.
The CES show which was held in January saw some developments in virtual reality fitness. Runtastic, a fitness tracking app unveiled its software for Oculus Rift. A virtual trainer guides the users through different exercises like squats, yoga, etc. A floating stats board keeps a track of the performance of the users. Runtastic for the Oculus Rift is in its early demo version.
Recently, Widerun has developed a cycling kit that will work with Samsung Gear VR. The users will be able to cycle along a customized track in the confines of their room, yet feel as if they are outdoors. Widerun is raising funds on Kickstarter right now.
So, go for virtual reality fitness spinning class and get the ultimate fitness in an immersive way.
What about you?
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