Virtual reality could now make even lazy people to join fitness classes. With the use of this technology fitness classes and personal training sessions could turn out to be more fun. Imagine you are cycling indoors, but you feel as if you are riding on the beaches in Florida or cycling through the snowy Minnesota roads. You could also be dropped into the middle of a 3D exercise class. There are many fitness franchises which are including this technology to provide their members with immersive fitness and personal training sessions.
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Anytime Fitness is a worldwide franchise, which provides immersive classes to its members, from yoga to indoor cycling, using automated kiosks.
Shannon Fable, corporate director of programming at Anytime Fitness said, “We have doubled down on our concentration of virtual fitness. It’s an electronic way to deliver reliable, affordable group fitness for free.” She said that virtual fitness is also popular in personal training and the automated kiosks provide classes even during afternoon hours, which make it possible for the homemakers to attend them.
Fable explained “With virtual group fitness, if you’re nervous or scared, you can do it over and over.”
Zumba Fitness, based in Miami, has been displaying 360 degree virtual reality classes which are provided by a VR headset to industry insiders at professional trade shows. The CEO of Zumba Fitness, Alberto Perlman expects that in 2016, there will be a consumer-friendly version of the headset.
He said “We envision as the headsets get lighter and the technology gets better, you’ll be able to be in a Zumba class at home. The average person will go into a store, buy a piece of elastic casing, put it on their phone, and download the class.”
The cost of the VR headset used by Zumba, which is $200 right now, is also expected to drop.
Co-founder of YouVisit, Endri Tolka agrees with Perlman that virtual reality experience will improve with time. YouVisit is a virtual reality content company based in New-York, which has teamed up with Zumba for providing virtual fitness classes.
Tolka said “Right now your brain has a tough time making the connection with the real world but starting next year it will be a more normal experience.”
He added “Down the line you’ll be getting on a cycling machine, putting the headsets on, and loading up the Tour de France or a beach in California and you will feel as if you’re there in your brain.”
According to IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association), already around 3,000 clubs are providing virtual exercises to their members in the form of classes and instructors which are overlaid onto a screen.
We can expect that now even the laziest people will get the much needed motivation through these virtual reality fitness classes.
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