Immersive Fitness: A New Approach to Group Fitness

I like group fitness classes, I just rarely have time for them. When you have to factor in the drive time that surrounds the workout, it eats into the day. Especially when you have a full-time job and a toddler you want to hang out with. Really specific classes (like barre…. I love you barre classes) are at studios and not at the corner gym, so it’s even further away to drive there.

But sometimes, you need to make time to hit one of these classes…. and if I had the opportunity to try a class in the new Les Mills IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ project, I’d be all over that!

Check it out:

Les Mills is the creator of many popular group fitness classes – BODYPUMP™ (weights), BODYCOMBAT™ (martial arts), RPM™ (indoor cycling), – and the new IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ classes are almost interactive, in that the studio has a cinema quality video projected onto a screen. The instructors cues are perfectly timed to synchronize with the music and graphics… thus the participants are “immersed” in the experience. Instead of just counting their reps, those involved get to react to visual cues. (Think ducking out of the way of objects flying toward you on the video.)

The promo video stars Genevieve Aitken, a stunt performer and actress. And while the classes probably won’t get you prepared to be an actual stunt person, you could delude yourself into thinking you are one for the duration of the class. I couldn’t help but think that some of the footage in the video could lead into the next specialty niche races, get chased by some crazies and fight them off to earn your medal!

You can check out thepr0ject on Instagram to see what’s going on with this as they go throughout their European tour to show it off. One reason to keep an eye on the account? They’re planning a US tour in 2015 with pop-up studios to allow people all over to try this concept. (Please put Las Vegas on the list. Please put Las Vegas on the list. Please put Las Vegas on the list.)

What do you think? Would you want to try this kind of class?


The next level of fitness is here. IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ surrounds participants with cinema quality video content projected onto screens of a purpose-built studio.  Exercise moves synchronize perfectly with music and graphics, creating a truly immersive fitness experience. Learn more!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.