Let’s face it, working out at home can get boring and sometimes even feel like a reasonable enough excuse for not even bothering.
But what if the only thing we needed to do was play several video games?
It sounds too good to be true, but here is how:
Play Virtual Reality Fitness Games.
With VR Fitness games, you can effectively carry out your exercise routines without any obligations.
That’s not all…
Some of these games include calorie counter function, allowing you to monitor your progress throughout the game.
So without further-ado,
Here are the TOP 10 VR Fitness Games that will shape you into a perfect body while having FUN 🙂
1. BOX VR
Are you ready to get intense?
Look no further as BOX VR is just the way to go.
You will be punching to the beat while listening to heart-thumping electronica rhythms.
If you have tried VR gaming before, then you already know that it is a considerably high-octane, muscle flexing and fat burning exercise.
Despite the diversity of VR games in the market, Box VR is undoubtedly the most calorie-intense game available.
Box VR is an exclusive game which help you work out your chest, shoulders, and arms.
That’s not all…
With this game, not only are you able to box your way to ultimate fitness, but you can also calculate the number of calories you burn with each workout.
What I like about this game is the main menu screen.
It is a change room in a typical gym, which makes me feel like I am actually about to start working out.
2. Knockout League
Are you a naturally an aggressive individual?
Many of us display our aggression during workouts.
If this describes you even in the slightest bit, feel free to punch your heart out with the Knockout League VR game.
This is a no joke game as it is also inclusive of a calorie counter just in case you want to keep track of your caloric burn progress.
The Knockout League is merely an active (VR) boxing title which will get you punching your way to serious sweat drenching sessions.
It is an 80’s arcade style VR game purposely tailored to suit HTC Vive.
It is a Mike Tyson K.O kind of Punch game.
Complete with punching and blocking, Knockout League is sure to leave you gasping for breath.
With an average caloric burn of between 240 and 300 calories every 30 minutes, it is an excellent rowing alternative, as rated by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise.
In this game, you will be up against nine opponents to earn Golden Gloves.
This is in addition to benefiting from upper body conditioning as well as cardio exercise simultaneously.
As you play Reflex Alley, Grudge Match, Speed Bag, and Focus Mitt Training, you will amass substantial hours of a full body workout.
Be sure to take full advantage of room scale while also roaming around with your opponent as you weave and punch to spark instant fat burning.
Developer: Grab Games
Available Platform: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Windows Mixed Reality.
3. The Thrill of the Fight
While it may come off short in comparison to the Knockout League VR graphics, don’t, however, get fooled by this and disregard this VR game!
The Thrill of the Fight is an immensely engaging game.
If you play this game for about 30 minutes straight (if you indeed can), you will burn about 450 calories if not more.
This is a boxing simulation VR game set to push your upper body to its limits not to mention working your abs and obliques.
Find it hard to believe? Just ask Tim Donahey.
In fact, according to the VR Institute of Health and Exercise, it is a real-time equivalent of sprinting.
Incorporating this into your workout session might leave you on your back!
Developer: Ian Fitz
Available Platform: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality.
is also an award-winning game having scooped the Best VR Sports Sim gong in the VR Fitness Awards.
What pops up in your mind on the thought of a VR workout?
Surely not sports, right? It is this view that Sparc aspires to change.
A rapid-fire outright competitive game, Sparc is an ideal blend of lower and upper body conditioning which is fun to engage in with a colleague, especially one that owes you.
Sparc is a VR Sport that sets you into a quick-paced game which has you blocking, throwing, and dodging balls from your opponents.
This game is perhaps the closest thing to virtual dodgeball and features throwing, dodging, bouncing, and blocking two balls around (one for your opponent and one for you) with just some Patches O’Houlihan level dodging skills and a shield.
Sparc’s gameplay entails for you to hit your opponent with the balls although you must also use angles cunningly and ricochet the balls off walls if you are to get past the shield.
Once the basics and the gameplay are clear, you will be dodging incoming attacks, throwing balls expertly, and blocking projectiles like a pro!
Its competitive feel is sure to give a complete upper body workout as well as full-scale cardio.
This game, made for Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive is also an award-winning VR game with the honors of the Best VR Competitive Fitness Game in the VR Fitness Awards.
Developer: CCP Games
Available Platform: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
5. Audio shield
Autoshield is a music-driven and high-energy game which will effectively tune up your fat burn to a whopping 11.
Besides the typical benefits, this game is especially unique in that it allows you to pick out your favourite songs either from YouTube or a library.
While at it, you will block, punch, as well as coordinate controllers in efforts to beat orbs as you fly towards them at different combos, speeds, and locations.
As you defend yourself from these orbs, you will subsequently work on your upper body.
Consequently, lunging or holding squats will effectively work on your glutes and quads.
Boasting a caloric burning figure of 8-11 cal/m, AudioShield is categorized by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise as equivalent to cycling or rowing.
Few, if any, experiences can rival the immersive characteristic as well as the caloric burning ability of Audio shield.
Developer: Dylan Fitterer
Available Platform: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality
6. Sword Master VR
If you still consider these games as accidental exercises, it’s about time you revised your opinion.
A first-person VR, the Sword Master Game works by having players use a sword to slice enemy fighters and subsequently block them by using a shield.
By using the sword to slice the bad guys, you will effectively work your upper body.
Although using the shield won’t necessarily work your lower body, lunging and squatting to evade enemy swords will surely do!
Such is the effectiveness of this VR that the Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise ranks it as an equivalent to the use of the elliptical machine in the gym.
Developer: Master Indie
Available Platform: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
It is also an award-winning game having scooped the Best VR Fighting Fitness Game award in the VR Fitness Awards.
7. The Fastest Fist
The Fastest Fist VR is a boxing training simulator that imitates Bruce Lee in mentoring you while you Jab, Cross, and Uppercut.
As a player, you will shadowbox as a warm-up and follow it up with effective punching through the rounds using various hooks, jabs, as well as other punches.
This will subsequently work on conditioning your upper body.
Focus on dodging as opposed to blocking as it will work wonders for your lower body and also add to your total points.
Blocking is not as useful since, besides losing points, it is not any good for your lower body.
While you might not make use of nun-chucks in lighting up your matches, the game will surely leave you out of breath in the end.
Featuring an average caloric burn of between 180-240 calories in a 30 minutes straight session, try keeping up!
The Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise equated this VR to playing tennis.
Developer: Beijing Skyline Interaction Technology Co., Ltd
Available Platform: HTC Vive.
This is a first-person bow and arrow shooter VR.
As a player, you sling arrows at relentless demons, tough (blue) holographic samurais, plus targets which shoot back.
The experience can be compared to training in the Hunger Games dominantly using the upper body as well as the lower body in anchoring.
If you play HoloPoint with one (dominant) arm, you will inspire an uneven workout which is an excellent addition to a lineup as opposed to the main exercise event.
What’s more, the VR Institute of Health and Exercise compares the intensity levels of this game to swimming laps.
Developer: Alzan Studios, LLC
Available Platform: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive.
9. Hot Squat
Although a majority of the games listed here are excellent alternatives to cardio, there is much more to HotSquat VR.
Its gameplay is quite straightforward: stand and squat through all the virtual obstacles while holding your squat until you successfully cross to the opposite side.
Perform a wrong squat and its game over!
The game requires that you stand in a typical gym, as the walls start to move towards you.
This subsequently forces you to squat and fit yourself into holes that can barely allow a dog through.
What’s more, with wall after wall approaching your direction, you need to stand up and complete your squat to avoid the entire gym from otherwise caving in on you.
By the end of the game, your glutes will be thanking you, if not, screaming at you!
In essence, Hot Squat defines a difficult ?drop it like it hot’ kind of game with a firm to-die-for booty as one of the end-results, but only with consistent gameplay.
It is a wonderful and easy entry-level workout for a fulfilling first time VR fitness experience.
Subsequently, it can be a wonderful addition for any gym enthusiast’s glute and leg day especially when combined with a weighted vest.
Burning 6-8 cal/m, the VR Health and Exercise Institute equates this VR game’s intensity levels to those of playing tennis.
Developer: Bean Boy Games
Available Platform: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Lastly, if you are looking for some more blood in your training, then Gorn is the ideal VR Game for you.
It is a simple cartoony take on the famous Roman Gladiator fights. The Gorn premise is quite straightforward: Brutally beat up anything or anyone within sight!
This combat game will have you brawling as well as using weapons such as war hammers, and swords to destroy your enemies among them warriors and honey badgers when they attack.
Although its gameplay resembles Drunken Bar Fight (another VR Fitness Game), the distinguishing factor is that in Gorn, you can destroy your opponent by reaping their arm and using it to beat the crap out of them.
How about that for a game?
Gorn does not qualify as a game for the lower body.
However, it can still help you condition your lower body mainly by dodging and squatting as they help you avoid getting your head smashed.
To increase the intensity, you can play in the endless mode, and your upper body will have your gaming efforts to thank!
Gorn VR burns between 4 and 6 cal/m, therefore, justifying its comparison to using the elliptical machine in the gym.
Developer: Free Lives
Available Platform: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Virtual Reality can now transform your workout routine by gamifying your exercises.
If you are looking to see noticeable changes in:
- how your clothes fit
- muscle building
be sure to incorporate these 10 VR fitness games into your everyday workout routine.
While at it, don’t forget to have your water bottle and towel nearby though.
Now I’d like to hear from you.
Which of the 10 VR workout games have have you played?
Or which games have I missed out?
Let me know by leaving a comment below.