Why Am I Excited about the Future of Fitness?
What is Virtual fitness, and is it something brand new?
In 2020, we witnessed an outbreak of Covid-19. During this time, much has changed in our lives. Covid-19 touched the fitness field as well, which gave stimulus to such a niche as virtual fitness.
Virtual fitness is not something new but a phenomenon that has appeared on the market for a long time. Bryan Lufkin writes,
Most people remember their first encounter with home fitness. As a kid in the early ’90s, I remember waking up extra early at the weekends to watch a TV program called ‘Mousercise’, a Disney show with aerobics instructors in full Mickey and Minnie costumes teaching kids calisthenics.
Virtual fitness is everything that does not require your attachment to a specific place and time. All you need is the Internet and a device from which you will watch what you need to do. What does virtual fitness have to offer us today, and what are its drawbacks?
Nowadays, virtual fitness has evolved from a TV show and video-on-demand to a large innovative industry. Here you can find personal online training, online streaming, fitness apps, and more.
1. Indoor Exercise Bike with Online Streaming Classes
Many of you have heard about Indoor Cycling Classes. In research Health Benefits of Indoor Cycling, authors claim possible benefits:
- lower body weight
- lower blood pressure
- decrease “bad” cholesterol
- improve aerobic capacity
We can no longer worry about bad weather or being late. All we need is a bike with an HD screen and a subscription. There we will look at our instructor and repeat after him. Indoor exercise bikes with online streaming classes allow us to exercise at home. In addition, we will be able to check our statistics after each workout or in general.
Leaders in the virtual fitness industry provide live and on-demand spinning classes. Still, today we have a good amount of variants of which bike to purchase.
2. Fitness Mirror with Opportunity to Be Curated by Instructor Online
Another virtual fitness feature is the Fitness Mirror. It gives you all the capabilities of traditional fitness studios.
The Rolling Stone Magazine explains how a fitness mirror works:
You set up what looks like a regular full-length mirror in your home, leaving enough room to move freely. You then turn on the mirror to access a fitness trainer (usually live-broadcasted, sometimes recorded). While you self-monitor in the mirror, this trainer can see your movements and provide feedback, ensuring a sweaty yet safe workout.
Fitness mirror supplies us with dozens of on-demand exercises. It starts with cardio workouts and strength workouts and finishing with yoga. You no longer need to search for a fitness studio, but only turn on your mirror and choose exercise. Now you start to train directly from your home.
3. Smart Rower Machine
Indoor rowing is performing on a rowing machine designed to simulate sport rowing. If you know what indoor rowing is, you probably know the Concept2 rowing machine. Indoor rowing was created in 1981 when Concept2 developed its first rowing machine.
British Rowing is responsible for participation and the development of rowing and indoor rowing in England. They assume that indoor rowing is the perfect exercise for you. Here's what they say:
- anyone can do it
- total body workout
- core strength & flexibility
- low impact
- efficient fat-burning
- easy to learn
- variety and challenge
- easy to access
However, there is one problem. It can be a little monotonous when you row alone. Virtual fitness can help with this.
The smart-rower machine can propose to you the same features as the previous ones. You can have online streaming classes. Also, you can use the screen of your rower machine to watching whatever you want.
Possible drawbacks of Virtual Fitness
Modern technologies are expanding the functionality of the virtual fitness area. Today we can do what we want when we want and where we want. However, no matter how much the virtual fitness field has evolved, old weaknesses remain.
- No one next to you will tell you if you are doing the exercise correctly
In virtual fitness, you do not have the opportunity to use the services of a personal trainer. A personal trainer still has better control over your technique. It will protect you from injury, unlike its online counterpart. However, if you have training experience and don’t need to worry about exercise techniques, virtual fitness may be better.
- Lack of live communication
Fitness is not only about exercise but about communication as well. In our time, live communication is more valuable than ever. Today we can complete the work without leaving home. The lack of live communication has never been as high as it is now. Fitness studios or the gym have always been a place to find friends with the same interests.
Never has virtual fitness come so close to the benefits of offline. All these Zoom conferences and calls around the world over the Internet. It gives us unprecedented opportunities. Still, it’s like listening to a symphony orchestra on high-quality speakers or listening live in a hall. The choice is yours.
- It’s hard to keep motivated to exercise
Training at home is a challenge that not everyone can do. There are so many distractions at home. The phone’s ringing, you need to see. The vase is not standing as it should, it needs to be corrected, and in general, we have to clean the house. The cat interferes with practicing, and you need to pet it.
When you are in a fitness studio or gym, nothing will distract you. There will only be you, the instructor and other people who came here to train.
Virtual fitness has made breakthroughs in the last twenty years. It became as close as possible to offline fitness. I told you only about some new features in the virtual fitness industry. Although the shortcomings have remained the same, they have become much less significant. It looks like virtual fitness will be a trial for offline fitness in the future. What does this mean for us consumers?
It signifies that offline fitness needs to rebrand and become better to remain competitive for virtual fitness. As long as there is competition, consumers remain in the black.