As the technology improves so the gyms. Recently, a studio opened its doors in Hong Kong for those who want to train in a virtual world. They say this way people can focus on their workouts better and let the problems of the life behind.
This service allows us to spin under the stars, in beautiful mountains, in snowy roads or at midnight. The special 270-degree virtual-reality screen makes that possible.
On top of that, depending on where you are, the bikes are automatically adjusted. Is there a steep hill in front of you? Then, get ready as your bike is going to switch a harder level followed by load instructions.
Watch the video below to see what it is all about.
Here is what a user think about it.
It’s not my first time in an indoor cycling class, but I’ve never experienced anything quite like this. Instead of staring at a mirror or trying to avoid comparing my form to that of clearly more experienced cyclists, I’m riding into a massive projector screen covered with landscapes.
We’re on a racetrack through a city of the future with glimmering skyscrapers towering overhead. There is competition here, of the virtual sort: cycling avatars on the screen that seem much better equipped than us for the three rigorous laps ahead.
The starting line lights flash to green. I crank up my resistance dial and accelerate to racing speed. When the road rises, I stand and pedal harder. When it banks to the right, the entire class, without realizing it, leans into the curve. “Faster, faster, faster!” the instructors scream.
What do I think?
Well, it is certainly something that may help some people to get involved in moving more. And there is no question that it may be a good solution for those who are bored with the same old gym feeling and need something extraordinary.
However, in my opinion it is just another business opportunity from which the fitness industry can make even more money. It may be another fashion to go to these studios, and after some time, it will be forgotten as the other fads. Plus I’m sure it is going to be pretty expensive.
If somebody really wants to workout, he does not need a virtual world for that. Strong determination is the key. Those who reach their fitness goals used nothing special. A runner his shoes, the weightlifter or bodybuilder weights, and so on.
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