Blog: What Is A Virtual Workout?

What Is A Virtual Workout?

Virtual classes at AF is the fusion of exercise with technology. But if this conjures images of awkwardly powering through sets of star jumps wearing a virtual reality headset – fear not. Virtual workouts are the same workouts you already know and love, or perhaps want to try, designed for ease and convenience to suit your own schedule and needs.

At AF virtual workouts are played on the big screen – They are prescheduled all throughout the day to fit your needs. It’s the round-the-clock accessibility that makes them a hit with everyone from shift workers to moms, and anyone else who’s not keen or able to battle rush hour at the gym.

Virtual classes are often a gateway for live group fitness classes. So, if the thought of joining a throng of confident, seasoned group exercisers in a packed fitness studio daunts you, virtual could be the way to start out. You can go at your own pace.

Not all virtual workouts are created equally. The best are based on proven exercise science. We choose LES MILLS™ Virtual. These workouts are developed by fitness professionals, they feature moves developed by exercise scientists and subjected to a rigorous testing and development process. What’s more, they are led by highly-skilled presenters who have been hand-picked from all over the globe.

A University of Michigan study looking at group fitness video games found that those who worked out virtually had increased motivation and performed better than when they were alone. It all came down to the fact they were alongside “superior” players. This suggests that when people work out virtually, the fact that they are exercising alongside leading fitness professionals on-screen may help them raise the bar and improve performance.

There’s also proof that the sensory experience created by modern technology can help. A recent study showed the audio-visual components encourage participants to work out at harder than they perceive with less discomfort.

See you in a virtual class? 


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