The Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise does research on the impact of virtual reality exercise on the human body. They concluded that exercising in VR with the right games can burn more calories than most dedicated workout equipment at the gym.

VR Fitness Is the Present Not Just the Future

In 1982 science fiction film Tron premiered to audiences around the world. A feat of innovative filmmaking, it was lauded as a giant step forward in special effects. Looking back now, it may seem slightly primitive compared to today’s special effects-laden blockbusters. In truth, though, it laid the foundation of modern effects-driven cinema.

The difference between it and previous science fiction films that relied on special effects was that a large portion of the film took place inside a computer. Tron was one of the first true mass-produced representations of Virtual Reality or VR as its more commonly known. The film also influenced the look of very early VR that came after it’s release.

Today VR is considered commonplace among the technology we use, with Oculus Rift the most famous example of this. VR has also moved into the world of fitness with VR fitness companies starting to make a real impact on the fitness and sports industries, with some even listing clients like the Dallas Cowboys and the San Franciso 49rs.

With its influence growing, we thought it would be good to explore what VR fitness is, how effective it is, and what companies are making (virtual) waves.

by Eamonn Curley

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