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  • I got to try working out in virtual reality with Black Box’s workout rig at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
  • Instead of focusing on cardio, Black Box’s workouts are resistance-based, allowing you to largely remain stationary.
  • You wear a headset while working out, which puts you in the middle of a video game-like environment where you face off against waves of enemies — and sometimes forget you’re even working out.

In the fitness gyms that startup Black Box is building this year, you’ll be working out with a specialized weight resistance machine and an HTC Vive virtual reality headset.

I know what you’re thinking: Working out and getting sweaty with a VR headset on your head sounds incredibly uncomfortable. Let me address this concern first. From my limited experience at CES, I barely noticed I had a VR headset on my head. It was an admittedly short demo, but it really wasn’t uncomfortable.

That’s partially because the type of fitness at Black Box VR gyms doesn’t require a lot of movement, so the headset doesn’t slam against your face or fly off mid-jumping-jack. It’s mostly based on strength and weight resistance instead of cardio. That means you’ll be relatively stationary and working on isolated parts of your body rather than running and jumping around.

And don’t worry about the sweat. The face band on the VR headset is a material that can be wiped off and sanitized like any other gym equipment.

So, what’s it like?

Upon placing the VR headset over my head and walking through a virtual portal, I was hurled into a giant arena full of cheering and adoring fans. I was slightly intimidated, as it had been a while since I’d gone to Read More Here