Beat Saber for Fitness
Beat Saber is a popular VR game that involves slashing virtual objects coming at you with virtual light sabers. It's a lot healthier than traditional games because it involves a lot of intense movement.
In a way, Supernatural for Oculus Quest is like Beat Saber except instead of the Tron-like environment and aggressive EDM, you get a chill photorealistic natural setting and gym-friendly mainstream hits.
You also get curated workouts and movement patterns designed to stimulate specific muscle groups. A human instructor pushes and guides you through the whole process. Your progress is tracked via a companion app, which lets you pair a heart rate monitor, schedule workouts and access social features.
More importantly, Supernatural is designed to be exciting and fun so that users will keep coming back for more. An effective workout program, after all, is one you can stick to in the long term.
Chris Milk - Co-Founder of Within
“There’s ways to get exercise that are fun that existed in the world before virtual reality. Things like skiing or snowboarding or mountain biking or playing soccer with your friends. But you don’t think of those things as exercise necessarily, or fitness. You think of them as sports. But they work in the same way and they can still give you a great workout — except you’re never on the snowboard run thinking ‘Why do I have to do another squat?’ The exercise comes out of the fun activities that you’re doing, and what we saw when we started exploring all these different home fitness solutions was there just wasn’t anything that felt fun.”
No PC required
Supernatural is available on the Oculus Quest, a standalone VR headset that does not require a connection to a separate computer. Therefore you can take it everywhere. It's both a portable gaming system system and a portable workout equipment.
The Oculus Quest is also completely wireless so you have freedom of movement without being bogged down by wires.
Unfortunately, Supernatural is currently not available on other VR platforms like Playstation VR or even other Oculus versions. You need to have the Oculus Quest in order to use Supernatural.
It's a subscription
Like many software these days, Supernatural is subscription service. For an introductory rate of $19/month, you get new workouts published daily and expert coaching from real-world trainers.
To compare, a Peloton Bike or Tread subscription is $39/month and $12.99/month for a single-user Peloton App for the Peloton studio and outdoor running classes.
What's in the box?
If you can afford it, Supernatural is a great way to get fit and stay fit. It's a lot of fun and keeps you coming back for more. You might even have to limit yourself so that you don't overdo it and get burned out.