Oculus Quest Games that Give you a Real Workout
With its accurate body tracking, Guardian protection and light, wireless headset, the Oculus Quest may be the best VR headset for fast-paced gameplay. You'll find plenty of heart-pumping apps for daily exercise, but also games that get you off the couch, dodging back and forth and flailing your arms. Here is a list of the top games that will give you a killer workout in VR—except you'll be too busy having fun to notice.
- ★ Featured favorite: BOXVR
- Hit the dance floor: Dance Central
- Full on cardio: Beat Saber
- Tai Chi meets fast paced action: SUPERHOT VR
- Let's get ready to rumble: The Thrill of the Fight
- Always on the move: Space Pirate Trainer
- A classic in VR: Fruit Ninja
- Strike a pose: OhShape
- Racquetball meets Breakout: Racket NX
Progress from 2-minute bursts to hour-long workouts that uses shadow boxing and stance shifts to develop your core. You'll feel the burn after workouts set to match the rhythm of music from a variety of genres—including your own music, thanks to a generator that matches punches to the beat. The app tracks burned calories but goes beyond cardio and arm workouts, with moves like dodging and squats to target full-body muscles. The variety of workouts, along with add-on packs with new routines, make this a great long-term exercise tool.
This one is just straight-up dancing. Match your body movements with the avatars in the game. The 32-song soundtrack features some of the best smash hits and classics you'd hear in any club. Your legs aren't tracked in the game, but that won't stop you from throwing out a kick now and then. It's a lot of cardio that will feel less like a VR workout and more like a night out, especially with the in-game multiplayer lounge where you can challenge friends to dance-offs.
If Guitar Hero were a rhythm game with a sword as the instrument, it would be Beat Saber. Slash and dodge cubes to the beat of techno music, or shell out for add-ons from more famous bands like Imagine Dragons and Timbaland.
Beginner levels are plenty of fun, but progress to Expert+ and you'll really begin to sweat. Get your daily dose of cardio, squats, and arm workouts while going for high scores and combos.
Time moves when you do. Each level is a puzzle that requires you to move very quickly and sometimes move very slowly to defeat your foes. Some parts of the game require you to hold a pose perfectly still to figure out your next move. It's a full-body workout that combines the action of a shooter game with Tai Chi. With plenty of replayable challenges and endless levels, you'll never lack for bullets to dodge.
This simulator introduces you to actual boxing mechanics while giving you a properly sweaty workout. Bob and weave, block blows, and throw a variety of punches across multi-round bouts. Its visuals won't impress, but its collection of opponents with unique fighting styles will provide a proper challenge. This game is an arm, body, legs, and full-on cardio experience.
This is a fun VR game that resembles the classic arcade game, Galaga, and will have you moving, squatting, jumping, and bending in many directions throughout the entire game. Since the enemy attacks you from above, your arms are always above your head, giving your shoulders a great workout.
Slash like crazy to gain some big points and work up an awesome sweat with Fruit Ninja. Your arms and shoulders will feel it as well as your heart. It's a great workout. Are you ready for a post-workout cooldown? There's a zen mode to help you with that.
Power pose your way to a healthier body. Inspired by Japanese TV show Hole in the Wall, in OhShape you must move your whole body to fit inside a series of rapidly changing holes with fast-paced music egging you on. Jump to dodge some obstacles, punch through others, and squeeze through the rest in a variety of challenging stances that strain your whole body. Despite only 21 official workouts, the level editor lets you play other people's custom sets or create your own.
Imagine playing racquetball inside of a giant pinball machine and then adding the fun of the classic game, Breakout. The game starts at a slow pace, but as you progress, the ball moves faster and faster; the harder you hit the ball, the faster it'll ricochet back your direction. The 360º arena forces you to keep spinning in search of the ball, and you'll need both arm strength and precision to get a high score. All of the sweat-inducing intensity of playing racquetball is here.
VR exercise workouts show results
Getting a gym worthy workout is absolutely possible through the Oculus Quest, and you don't even have to leave the house to do it. But instead of watching 2D workout videos on YouTube, the Quest can immerse you into a 3D video game where you become part of the experience in ways that will make you forget that you're working out.
Using BOXVR for an hour a day at home, at work, or even at the gym will have you punching, moving, and squatting. Your entire body will feel this one, where your legs and arms will feel the burn, and you rev up your heart rate, increasing your body temperature, and work up a great sweat.
Jake Robinson, a Certified Personal Trainer with a bachelor of science in Exercise Science from Skidmore College who tried BOXVR and VR for the first time, said, "BOXVR is a really awesome workout. It gets your heart rate going, and it's a great way to get people into the gym who normally don't like to go to the gym," Robinson adds, "you could even add 5 pounds wrist and ankle weights to elevate the experience and give people some resistance."
Dance Central will have you movin' and groovin' to a non-stop virtual dance-off that will give you a full-blown calorie-burning cardio blast that will feel more like an adrenaline-fueled Saturday night with your friends, and less like a dance class at your local gym. Any of the Quest games listed here will put you on track to your fitness goals as long as you stay committed to a regular workout routine and a healthy diet.
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