Five rad and random pieces of indoor exercise gear I found this week
The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 59.
My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful, fun, or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, 22 things that make traveling way less stressful or the best headphones for an open-plan office. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome gear that doesn’t really fit into a list. So I made a list for those.
If you’re afraid of the frosty weather, work up a sweat with a video game from your living room. Creed: Rise to Glory is a new VR boxing game for PS4. Like other boxing games, you fight a computer opponent one-on-one. Where Creed offers a twist is in how it uses VR. Within the game, they include something called “Phantom Melee Technology.” As you fight, a gray body-double reacts to amount of damage your fighter has taken. If you get knocked out, the gray double becomes out of sync with the fighter’s body. You must mimic that gray double’s movements—by swaying back and forth in real life—in order to regain control. The game also has sweet graphics with reactive crowds and features multiple game modes like career mode or an exhibition mode for practice. $30.
If you don’t have the PSVR, you can get a Creed and VR bundle for $350.
The Cubii Pro smart elliptical fits under your desk, tracks your workout progress on your smartphone or FitBit over Bluetooth, and is easy to set up—you just screw in the two footplates. The machine also comes with two wheel stoppers that prevent your office chair from sliding. There are eight resistance levels and challenges in the app designed to build up your strength and endurance. $347.
Working out isn’t always fun or enjoyable. What makes it slightly more bearable is turning your exercise into a game. Fitivities is a competitive workout challenge that can be played indoors or outdoors with 2-24 players. It comes with a 32 x 47-inch vinyl mat, 4 dice, 4 shoe markers, 4 spinner cards, and 20 exercise activities. It is intended for ages 6 and up. $35.
The Stealth Core Gamer Trainer connects to your smartphone and helps you entertain yourself while you workout. The exercise plank features a spot to place your smartphone and comes with two free games that respond your movements. You can either control a glider through the air or aim at and destroy incoming objects. It can hold up to 250 pounds, has foam padding for comfort, and allows for 360 degrees of motion for a better workout. $200.
The TRX GO full-body training system is great for strength workouts when you don’t have enough room in your house for larger machines or weights. The portable suspension trainer system weighs one pound, includes two 20-minute workout guides, and an app packed full of more workouts. To use the tool, attach the included anchor to any sturdy door. $100.
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