When a company comes out and immediately speaks to the fitness industry directly, we take note. Black Box VR just did that and we definitely heard what they were saying! According to their site “Black Box VR Is The World’s First Full-Fitness Virtual Reality Gym Experience.” The company — headed by former BodyBuilding.com CEO, Ryan DeLuca and co-founder and BB alum, Preston Lewis, — boasts that they are creating the world’s first virtual reality gym experience. The goal: You step into a Black Box VR boutique gym and immerse yourself in a whole new way to get fit that will make you never want to visit an outdated gym again.
According to DeLuca, “Traditional fitness experiences are like torture. You focus on the pain of each rep or step. The clock ticks by so slowly you wonder if it’s actually working. With advanced hardware and software, Black Box virtual reality workouts are proven to create a canyon between your actual effort and your perceived effort.” Deluca has spoken to this phenomenon right here on this site and we couldn’t agree more
Lewis told us that in a Black Box VR experience, “You are giving 10/10 of your abilities but it feels like 6/10. Time flows by so quickly your 30 minute full-body virtual reality fitness experience feels like ten minutes.The secret to personal fitness success is consistency. Push your body with aerobic and resistance exercise at least three days a week and your body becomes lean and strong. Everybody understands this, but traditional fitness routines are very hard to stick to over the long-term.”
How Does it Work?
According to the info they’ve released, Black Box VR will work with a pulley system: The integrated cable pulley system is controlled by the Black Box virtual reality engine, giving you real muscle and strength-building resistance for your entire body. Instant force change capabilities give you full immersion.
What Does All This Mean For You?
Black Box VR believes you will emerge from a 30 minute virtual reality gym workout with maximized fitness results where every minute is optimized through artificial intelligence and adaptive workout prescription. The unique combination of virtual reality immersion, presence and real-time resistance variability make it possible.
What’s the Secret?
In speaking with both DeLuca and Lewis, it became very clear that the new venture is built around each individual user, just like any successful workout or fitness product. “The experience’s intensity is completely built around your ability. Machine learning modules intelligently take you from where you are now to where you want to be.” Results aside, you’ll also learn (without realizing it) proper form, avoid injuries and be able to track your progress as easily (and as fun) as you would in your favorite game. Sounds like a big win for VR and Fitness and we can’t wait to try it!
Want to Try it?
The team and Black Box are so sure that you’re going to want to be part of this fitness revolution that they’re inviting you to join their Beta and get updates in real time from their site. We suggest you do! Now! And be sure to track your progress and let us know how your fitness levels evolve.