Start-up Black Box VR has developed a full-body workout in the form of a 30 minute virtual reality experience. It uses a bespoke resistance training machine and an HTC Vive headset. The entire set-up is about the size of a family bathroom. It is one of several innovations at the CES tech show in Las Vegas to propose mixing VR and fitness training. The firm’s founders, Ryan DeLuca and Preston Lewis, were also behind the successful fitness empire bodybuilding.com.
Black Box VR’s business plan is to open boutique gyms across the US, in which each member will enter their own “black box” space for the gamified work-out, which will track their progress. An at-home version of the equipment could be developed in the future, the firm said. “Most people stop going [to the gym] after a couple of weeks so adherence is something that’s a critical factor of what we’re trying to solve,” general manager Jim Bradbury.