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Have you ever trained on the Moon, Everest or a volcano?
This is now possible thanks to virtual reality.
A fitness app called Supernatural quickly gaining popularity for its fast and fun workouts that take you to exotic locations.
It allows you to box, mediate or stretch in the coolest places.
“You feel like you’re completely present in what you’re doing and all you’re doing is moving your body to the music and playing this sport of the future,” explained Supernatural trainer and fitness manager Leanne Pedante.
Instead of a bike, treadmill, or crowded workout class, you use a $300 VR headset called Meta Quest, formerly the Oculus. It is made by Facebook’s parent company.
“It’s absolutely a very different way of training and I think it’s here to stay,” Pedante said.
We met at a spacious mansion in the Hollywood Hills so I could try out the setup.
Once you put on the headset, the real world disappears. Suddenly you find yourself in an exotic place like the top of a mountain.
After some instruction, I used boxing moves to fend off approaching orbs and duck left and right. Everything is very fluid, with lots of on-screen help and pop music to keep you energized.
But since it’s VR, you have to be careful. Since you’re completely immersed in the headset, you can’t see the world around you.
At some point during my training, my videographer came to adjust my microphone. Since I couldn’t see him, I punched him in the chest. He’s fine, but it makes you realize how aware you need to be of your surroundings.
It is best to find an open and safe place to train comfortably.
Bottom line: Supernatural got my heart rate up and it was a lot of fun. I’m not sure this will replace my regular workouts, but the appeal is there. In addition, it will encourage many people to move and not train otherwise.
Although VR fitness is just getting started, there will be a lot more innovation in this area and I’m ready for that.
In fact, Facebook parent Meta is so convinced Supernatural is onto something that they’re buying the whole company.