The Future of Fitness

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Nospinzone, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Nospinzone

    Nospinzone F1 Veteran

    Jul 1, 2013
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    If you have any fitness bike, e.g. Peloton, you can add a fantastic experience with VirZOOM (see more at With VirZOOM you use a virtual reality headset and a stationary bike to move around in VR. The faster you pedal in the real world, the faster you move in the virtual world. Earlier versions (which I have) used either the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or PSVR for PS4). The newest versions just coming out now are the Oculus Go and the even better Quest (scheduled for March). You can add a VZfit sensor and game button to your existing stationary bike.

    I’ve been using the early version since 2016. I love two things about this system. The virtual reality aspect which allows me to turn my head in any direction and see what’s there, and gives a true sense of your activity. It puts me in the action, rather than watching it on a flat screen in front of me like other systems. The second thing is I can’t just pedal a stationary bike. Too boring. I have to be playing a game to keep me interested. I particularly like the flying horse (Pegasus) games and the attack helicopter game. Those are intense games, but for people who are a little queasy there are “comfortable” and “moderate” games, such as F1 style track racing.

    There are biking courses, such as riding up the California coast. The most exciting development coming soon is Google Street View. You can basically ride your stationary bike on any street that’s available on Google Maps.

    I loved this concept so much I was an early investor in this company. There are still opportunities to invest. You can contact them directly if you have interest.
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  3. Innovativethinker

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    After 20 minutes in VR, I’m queasy
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  4. sct4a

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    Seems to defeat the purpose if you have/pay for a peloton, the entire point is to ride to their classes and with other people live. I'd go nuts wearing some big VR headset while working out plus not to mention sweating all over it. Seems like a very small market that would buy into this IMO.
  5. Fiat2Ferrari

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    Nov 2, 2013
    I use a Wahoo Kickr and Zwift. It is plenty fun for me. I can get in serious rides with my friends across the globe. Or, I can ride with complete strangers. Either way, i am riding and staring at said screen.

    VR could be a fun add-on, but I am not spending that kind of money to work out...yet. It would need to be way more interesting than what I am contemplating.

    Now, hook it up to an indoor training wall while climbing el THAT might be interesting. And I don't even climb.
  6. rdefabri

    rdefabri Three Time F1 World Champ
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    I can’t do it at all - I’ve always had issues with motion sickness and VR is really rough for me...
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  8. rob lay

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    any vertigo? I would love to ride more, I think the best way to burn fat because you can stay longer in that fat burn zone. however, I can't stand stationary! not crazy about spin class either. I guess spoiled I did most of my miles on the open road, hard to enjoy anything else although I don't miss the cars. maybe I can give a try, if some additional stats or competitive type components I might enjoy.

    right now my preference is to still go for runs right out the front door. although I live in the middle of the city I have a 100% protected route sidewalks and trails with nice little hills 6.5 mile run plus about a mile warm down. I can adjust this easily +/- 2 miles.

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  9. Nospinzone

    Nospinzone F1 Veteran

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    As far as vertigo, if you are like rdefabri with acute motion sickness, this is not for you. If you have tried VR and got queasy like innovativethinker, it could be that particular software. Some programs did not adequately write the software to smooth out motion. The developers at VirZoom developed programs that go from mild (paddling a canoe on a lake) to intense (a flying horse that can really soar).

    Over the last couple years I have joined and quit two gyms. I just get bored with exercise classes, spinning and machines. What I love about this is I play games so I don't even know I'm exercising. Sometimes I stay on way longer than I intended because I got so wrapped up in the game I was playing. The games are scored and you can compete against yourself or others.

    There are a couple cycling courses now that are very good, but they are animations. I'm looking forward to the Google Street View so I can actually go riding on real streets. I'm anxious to try the Road to the Sun in Montana. My wife and I were supposed to do it a couple years ago but a early snowstorm caused them to close the road.

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