5 Cutting-Edge Companies Making It Easier To Get In Shape

As technology evolves, so too do our forms of exercise. No longer do you have to dread going through the same boring regimens - now, a number of cutting-edge technologies make your workout more convenient and fun without losing the health benefits. The companies included here are at the forefront of these developments, offering everything from eco-friendly and maternal fitness products to virtual reality programs. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

5 Companies Creating Innovative Fitness Products

Name What It Offers
SportsArt Manufacturers premium eco-friendly fitness, medical, performance, and residential equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals
Vespertine Designs eco-chic reflective fashion for cyclists, joggers, and others out at night
Blue Goji A wellness technology startup company focused on fitness gamification and VR, utilizing unique controllers and games that work directly with standard cardio equipment
ReCORE Fitness Offers products, programs, and training for women, particularly those who are pregnant or going through postpartum recovery
VirZOOM Makes VZfit, which combines virtual reality technology and a stationary bike for immersive, full-bodied exercise activities

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5 Reasons To Stay In Shape

  1. Improves physical health
  2. Improves mental health
  3. Reduces risk of injury
  4. Leads to better sleep
  5. Good way to meet new people

Virtual Reality Workouts With VZfit

In Depth

We've come a long way from creaky stationary bikes, leather medicine balls, and aimless, solitary runs. Fitness is advancing every day, with new items and apps making exercise fun and efficient. In no particular order, here are some companies developing new items and technologies to boost health and wellness, and make it easier for everyone to get in a good burn and improve their cardiovascular health.

Our #1 entry is SportsArt, a manufacturer of various fitness machines that utilize ECO-POWR technology, which captures human exertion and turns it into usable electricity. As a result, these machines benefit the planet and provide an added layer of meaning to breaking a sweat. The catalog of cardio equipment includes treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and steppers.

SportsArt has many partners across the hotel industry, including Radisson, Wyndham, and Hilton. It also sells its eco-friendly exercise machines to universities, like Tennessee Tech, Penn State Altoona, and Ohio State, as well as to multifamily residential complexes. In addition to cardio equipment, it offers tools meant for rehabilitation, particularly for those who wish to return to their active lifestyle after an injury.

In addition to cardio equipment, it offers tools meant for rehabilitation, particularly for those who wish to return to their active lifestyle after an injury.

The #2 entry is Vespertine, based in Brooklyn, New York. The company designs reflective garments to be worn by cyclists or anyone who is worried about being seen during the darkest of nights, such as dog walkers and runners. The founder, Sarah Canner, created the company due to her old fear of biking at dusk.

Vespertine makes scarves, blouses, hats, and more, for both women and men. Its line of Vespert vests is made from light-weight, 100% recycled material. These garments are Scotchlite reflective and visible within 2,000 feet of a car's headlights. The company has also launched a line of jewelry, for more understated reflective wear.

For #3, we have Blue Goji, a tech company focused on combining exercise and entertainment. It has developed unique games that work directly with cardio equipment to make developing healthier habits a fun and engaging gaming experience. Through fitness gamification, it also utilizes data from its virtual reality and gaming technologies to create tools for a disease management platform.

It has developed unique games that work directly with cardio equipment to make developing healthier habits a fun and engaging gaming experience.

Blue Goji's virtual reality games immerse the user in various worlds and scenarios. A game might involve racing in mountain-scooters over dangerous, cliffy trails or completing deep sea missions inside submarines. The company also offers special programs for those recovering from injuries. Blue Goji claims that the activities will offer a strong mind-body connection, aiding users who have suffered from strokes, concussions, and other brain-related injuries.

Coming in at #4 is ReCore Fitness, a company aimed at women, particularly those who are pregnant or going through postpartum recovery. ReCore's main product, the FITsplint, is a core support belt that helps mothers who want to regain core activation, coordination, stability, function, and strength. The company also offers a series of online exercise videos to pair with the FITsplint.

Founder Celeste Goodson, based in Franklin, Tennessee, is a Pre- and Post-Natal trainer with a B.S. in Fitness and Wellness Management and has worked in physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation. In addition to online exercise videos, women can book one-on-one virtual personal training sessions with the ReCore team or, for those local to the Nashville metropolitan area, in-person visits.

In addition to online exercise videos, women can book one-on-one virtual personal training sessions with the ReCore team or, for those local to the Nashville metropolitan area, in-person visits.

Our final entry, #5, is VZFit, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Using the power of virtual reality, the company creates applications for its Virzoom platform. These apps transform any stationary bike into a fully immersive experience that uses your body to steer, pedaling to move, and thumbs to interact. VZFit is compatible with all wireless Oculus VR headsets.

Cyclists can virtually pedal around the world, command tanks, pilot helicopters, fly a Pegasus, and more using portable VR headsets and smart sensors. VZFit works with various bikes: spin, upright, recumbent, folding, or even a road or mountain bike on a trainer, and there are a variety of membership options for exercisers to choose from.