It’s become increasingly common to see headlines about the metaverse these days. Many industries have progressed to a more virtual process and we’ve adapted our day-to-day to match. Luckily, cutting-edge virtual reality(VR) technology can also be used to improve one of the most important aspects in life, your health! You may be wondering, “how can virtual reality make me a stronger, healthier person in real life?” Video games and physical fitness have been on opposite ends of the spectrum for decades, but now they’re on the same team and unlocking a new world of virtual reality workouts.
The EōS VR Fitness Experience is leading the way in virtual reality exercise by using the stimulating nature of gaming to help people get addicted to working out. Thousands of players have used VR fitness games to see real life results, such as Alejandro, who lost 25 pounds in 3 months using VR exercise. Not sure if virtual reality exercise is for you? We’ll dive into 9 reasons why you should try a VR workout.
What exactly is VR Fitness?
First, let’s discuss how virtual reality is used. Virtual reality is a simulated environment using a headset to generate images and sounds which correspond to movements a user physically makes in real time. Unlike traditional video games that only require quick finger taps, immersing yourself in a VR fitness game means your whole body is the controller.
This is the future of fitness. In the game, you battle opponents in a virtual arena and must use cardio and strength exercises to defeat each level. The harder you work, the more points you earn. There are plenty of benefits to putting on the headset for your next gym session. Read on for the reasons you should give VR workouts a try.
1) A SPACE ALL YOUR OWN
Before you step into the virtual world, you step into a 10×10 room which is your private space for the duration of the workout. It includes a dynamic cable resistance machine, a set of wrist straps and a headset displayed in a sanitizing cleanbox, which uses medical-grade ultraviolet light between sessions. In this room, you never have to wait for a piece of equipment to open up, or get distracted by other gym members. Reserving a time slot for the EōS VR Fitness Experience gives you your own space to focus on your personalized workout.
2) BUILD MUSCLE WHILE BATTLING OPPONENTS
In a VR fitness session, you’ll complete a series of full-body exercises including lat pull downs, chest presses, shoulder presses, back rows, squats, and deadlifts. All of these exercises can be completed on a dynamic cable resistance machine which automatically adjusts for each exercise. Completing reps will reward you with coins that can be exchanged for “power-ups” in the game or other helpful tools. As you move through the VR fitness game levels, even more exercises will be unlocked. Each VR workout session involves 14-18 sets which are sure to push your muscles to capacity.
3) BURN CALORIES AND BECOME A CHAMPION
The EōS VR Fitness Experience uses high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to burn a ton of calories in a short amount of time. Cardio, agility, and speed exercises are incorporated between resistance sets to get your heart rate up and keep your body moving. When battling an opponent in the arena, you will feel the urge to stretch your endurance to avoid the other team from gaining points. After finishing a VR workout, you’ll be sweating as if you hopped off a treadmill.
4) CHALLENGE YOURSELF
A common reason why gym-goers may not be seeing results is that muscles can adjust to a repetitive workout routine and cause a fitness plateau. With a VR workout, the cable machine will calculate your one-rep max, or the maximum amount of weight you can lift one time, and personalize the amount of weight you need, all without you moving a pin. As you get stronger, the machine will automatically adjust the weight to ensure you are consistently making progress. You will need to keep challenging your muscles if you want to win!
5) NO PLANNING NEEDED
Take the guesswork out of working out. Virtual reality exercise gives you the amount of resistance you need, and the amount of reps and sets that will give you a full-body workout. A VR workout offers the benefit of having a built-in personal trainer to tell you which exercise to do next, and alert you if your form is incorrect. This is especially beneficial to new gym-goers who may want to start out their fitness journey with a little more direction.
6) GOOD FOR BEGINNERS TO EXPERTS
Speaking of beginners, everyone starts at Level 1 but how quickly you advance through the game or how much resistance you need, is completely customized to your fitness level! Weightlifters who use the EōS VR Fitness Experience can test their strength with up to 120lbs of resistance per arm. VR fitness can offer a great workout for anyone, from the fitness first-timer, to the seasoned gym regular.
7) FINALLY, A WORKOUT THAT’S FUN
The old saying isn’t “time flies then you’re workout out”, it’s “time flies when you’re having fun!” One of the biggest benefits of including VR workouts into your routine is it’s simply an enjoyable form of exercise. You’re more likely to keep a consistent gym routine and see results if you enjoy what you are doing. By playing a game, you’ll be so focused trying to beat your opponent in the virtual arena that you won’t realize how many calories you’re burning. In the EōS VR Fitness Experience you can earn trophies, unlock fun new characters, and bask in the glory when you achieve victory.
8) ONLY 30 MINUTES
There’s no excuse for skipping the gym when the EōS VR Fitness Experience gives you a full-body workout in 30 minutes. Half an hour is plenty of time to make you sweat, yet short enough to squeeze into even the busiest of schedules.
9) TRACK YOUR RESULTS
Once the VR fitness game is completed, all of your workout stats such as calories burned, reps completed, and pounds of resistance, are saved in a mobile app called Black Box VR. Each movement you make during the EōS VR Fitness Experience is tracked and used by artificial intelligence to determine your next workout for maximum results. You can even see the progress of other players by checking out the leaderboard. Fuel your competitive side as you climb up the rankings and challenge your friends! When you push each other to stay accountable to your fitness goals, everyone wins.
TIME TO LEVEL UP YOUR FITNESS
Now that you know all the benefits for including VR workouts in your fitness routine, are you ready to get your head (and body) in the game? The EōS VR Fitness Experience is the only resistance training VR on the market and it’s available exclusively at select EōS Fitness locations. EōS Members can test drive a VR workout during a free 30-minute session. Not a Member yet? Sign up for a Complimentary 7-Day Pass and get started today.