The 2014 IHRSA convention and trade show was held this past weekend as more spectators than ever attended the once yearly event ranging in age from Generation Z to the Eisenhower Generation. The trade show features new fitness products, programs and technologies and attracts audiences from all over the world.
Amongst those exhibiting at this year's IHRSA show was Wexer Virtual who specializes in providing virtual exercise class content. According to Stefan Ahlstrom, Business Developer for Wexer Virtual, the virtual group exercise and cycling classes keep health club members engaged on their own schedule. Simply swipe the screen and your virtual instructor will appear right in front of you to take you through the paces of the workout you desire. Their On Demand Player is pre-loaded with all content which allows pre-scheduling and on demand classes.
So does this mean your favorite group exercise class instructor may soon be on her way to receiving a pink slip? With the rising trend in virtual classes, health clubs and studios eliminate dead space during "off" hours plus club members get to exercise when they want to. Even gyms without an aerobics room or wide open space can utilize the kiosk by limiting class size based on the size of open area that surrounds the player. Small groups of 3 or 4 people help build camaraderie and grows the social aspect of group exercise classes. There's even a way to integrate your gym's live classes onto the platform to be used for later viewing.
Another company that was exhibiting at this year's IHRSA show was Fitness on Demand out of Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fitness on Demand already has their virtual exercise content offered in 13 countries including the U.S. The rising surge of popularity offers an endless variety for you to choose your own workout including circuit training, pilates, tai chi, yoga, strength training, older adult fitness, cycling and kickboxing. This concept may have a variety of other applications, too from not only being used in health clubs, but also senior living communities and even corporations that are interested in providing onsite corporate fitness classes during lunch hour or after work.
All-in-all, the virtual exercise sessions are sure to be something that we'll all be hearing about more in the very near future.