Fancy A Customised Workout All Thanks To A Virtual Reality Headset?
It seems to be abundantly clear that we are living in a health-obsessed age. A cursory search on Netflix unveils numerous documentaries detailing the benefits of various diets, athletic performance, endurance events, and sporting challenges that make the marathon seem positively pedestrian in comparison. And while that may relate to mere viewing habits, when it comes to what we put into our bodies, we’re more diligent than ever before. Food is something to be measured, macros are to be counted, and whereas it used to be a mere case of eating more salads for weight loss, now we have a plethora of diets to choose from with the 5:2 diet, intermittent fasting, and keto plans just being three of them.
And yet, despite all the advancements we’re seeing in fitness and health, one thing that has yet to experience the benefits of technology at large, is the motivation we require to get to the gym. Watch all the documentaries you want, but when it comes to actually getting in shape, staring down the treadmill at the gym still sees us procrastinate and think of every excuse possible to get out of that prism of cardiovascular torture. Thankfully, this could all be about to change thanks to one innovative venture in the fitness industry. Its name: Black Box VR.
If it sounds like the kind of thing you’d find at an Esports tournament, you’re not that far off. Founded by fitness fanatics Ryan DeLuca and Preston Lewis, and with the help of many talented individuals, the pair has created a product sure to change the way we exercise. As their website states, “After trying virtual reality for the first time, Ryan and Preston knew they were experiencing a magically immersive technology that, if paired with resistance training, gaming principles and high intensity cardio, will be the winning combination for people trying to reach their health and fitness goals.”
The VR gym experience works like this: you step foot into a Black Box VR boutique gym that is fully equipped with the VR headsets and product technology, using the product you then immerse yourself in a new world of fitness training. The custom fitness headset creates a new world for the gym-goer, offering users a full body workout that is so immersive “you’ll forget you are working out at all.”
According to the creators, some workouts will include having a virtual trainer alongside you, guiding and encouraging you through the workout (think Wii Fit but more intensive). Black Box VR also integrates resistance training through an electronically controlled cable system that’s seamlessly integrated into the game experience. How does it work? Well, when you reach out to grab a rope or lift handles, you’ll actually feel real cables, set to the exact resistance you need.
It’s incredible to think just how effective this kind of training will be for developing strength and endurance. Sadly though, it will be some time before we get to experience the perks of the VR gym world, as Black Box VR is currently only available in flagship gyms in San Francisco, however it will be licensing its products to various gym chains. Let’s all hope it makes its way across the pond, soon.