‘FitXR’ dance classes on Oculus prove VR fitness really works

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The dance is hard. The dance is work. Dance will bring you in shape. But have you ever thought about trying it in virtual reality? Fit XR (Previously BoxVR) has been offering VR boxing lessons since 2017 and added dance programs in November. These dynamic workouts get the blood flowing. Studies show that dancing makes you happier than other forms of exercise, and making it a weekly habit can reduce your risk of death by 18%. If you like instructor-led classes and own an Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2, then you just need gotta try Fit XR.

Take it from someone who has done over 150 Beachbody On Demand workouts since starting their 40s. Fit XR is the real deal in fitness, and while the payment structure is less than ideal, it’s still cheaper than a gym membership or other premium streaming services.

The user interface is pretty straightforward: you start in the lobby of a swanky fitness center and navigate large TV screens to select your workout. Then you’re transported into the session with a handful of other real people. You’re always competing for the highest score, which adds just enough incentive to keep burning. (Yes, you can play solo.)

What’s Great About FitXR

  • FitXR has great workout programs
  • Songs, coaches, styles and class duration vary to suit all tastes
  • New classes are added over time

During my two brief weeks with an Oculus Quest 2 and Fit XR, I tried a small variety of basic dance classes ranging from about 3 to 20 minutes each. Most of the music oscillates between EDM and hip hop. Even the shortest workouts are enough to sweat.

I’ve gone into some of the longer sessions with too much confidence because I’m physically fit, but dancing is a disorienting form of fitness – for me, anyway. Trying to keep up is a challenge when you’re unfamiliar with typical dance moves. But like any form of fitness, it’s about learning the basics and growing from there through dedication and repetition.

New workouts are regularly added to the program, and there are even in-game events to participate in. This keeps the programming dynamic and interesting, but it’s also where one of the app’s apparent flaws lies.

Fit XR dance classes will track your every move and judge every one of them.Fit XR

What’s Not So Great About Dance FitXR

  • In-app purchases for new classes will add up very quickly
  • Your helmet will become sweaty and dirty
  • Animation leaves something to be desired

FitXR has a base price of $29.99, but you can easily spend $40 or more on additional packs, depending on your musical preferences. Unless you already have the $299 Oculus Quest 2, then Fit XR probably not worth considering. As a luxury experience, Fit XR hugely entertaining and a great workout that’s still way cheaper than Peloton. But is it worth the huge investment to become your primary form of exercise? Probably not. For those on the fence, however, you should definitely take the plunge.

There’s also the obvious concern of putting $299 tech on your sweaty head while you’re jumping. You will need to clean the helmet regularly if you want it to last. At the very least, a silicone eye cover for the facial interface foam is a necessity. Otherwise, you’ll have to hand wash it and use a salad spinner to dry it.

The character models and animations are completely understandable, but Fit XR just doesn’t look great by 2020 standards. If you value function over form, this might be the best in VR fitness, but if you want being captivated by the quality of the visuals at the same time, you might want to look elsewhere.

Fit XR is a great workout it’s also a lot more fun than most other methods, so if you already have a VR headset, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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