Forget those old Tae-Bo DVD’s gathering dust in your basement. Because the fitness industry is making a run for VR and we’re seeing the results already. Or at least, you will in 2-3 weeks.
CES had its share of VR fitness tech to show off this year, including Black Box VR which squatted its way to a CES Innovation Award. However, some big industry names have also decided to take a jab at this virtual reality thing, including undefeated boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
So anyone looking to mimic Floyd’s workout routine will now be able to do so along with the VR set that simulates a real boxing workout. Plus the sports icon himself will be there to coach you through it.
The Boxing +Fitness VR experience will be available at Mayweather Boxing +Fitness tech-enabled gym locations. The flagship location of which will be opening later this month in Los Angeles, with plans to expand to more than 500 other locations, apparently. These gyms will offer group boxing and functional training workout classes for all levels of fitness, while the VR sessions will be available as supplemental one-on-one coaching.
“Boxing gave me a platform to become a world-class athlete, and I’m using those skills to build a global fitness platform that will help people to train better and smarter,” said Floyd Mayweather. “I’ve seen how the fitness industry has evolved; and now we’re taking it to the next level, not only by incorporating the workouts that I used throughout my career, but also by investing in cutting-edge technology and making that a core part of our offering.”
Punch The Calories Away Like The Champ
The Boxing +Fitness VR experience will apparently offer high-intensity cardio workouts that span a 12-week program. The VR experience is set to take users through a series of workouts each week across multiple virtual environments while getting progressively more challenging over time, as skill and fitness levels increase. According to the official website, you’ll get to train, learn moves from Floyd, and then test them out in the virtual ring. It looks like the HTC Vive will be the headset used in the +Fitness gyms, its controllers calculating punch intensity and tracking the number of calories people burn.
In addition to the physical gym locations, the boxing star has said that Mayweather Boxing +Fitness will also launch a mobile app (which also features Floyd) for home workouts, though it sounds more like a companion app than a full workout experience.
Letting people at home get to work out with Floyd in virtual reality seemed to be an integral part of the offering when the Boxing +Fitness VR experience was first teased last year. However, no word yet on when the Floyd Mayweather +Fitness VR experience will be released commercially for people to download and use at home.