From Pelaton’s live connection with their Chelsea studio, to ClassPass’s new streaming services, living-room workouts are all the rage. Now one fitness company, iFit, is aiming to give you a more inspiring home-based sweat, with virtual trainer-led workouts set in bucket list locations.
You could be jogging in Yosemite National Park in the morning and climbing Machu Picchu in the evening. Try interval training alongside the canals of Venice, Italy, or push your pace on Hawaii’s Kealia beach.
Dubbed GLOBETREK™ workouts, each video is led by a lauded coach, who addresses you directly—cheering you on and pushing you harder—as if you’re right there with them. What’s more, the incline of the machine adjusts to match the terrain on screen, providing an immersive experience that keeps every exercise session exciting.
Right now the videos are only accessible with a NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer machine, which will cost you $2,699 (£1,954). But when you consider the price of an ongoing gym membership—which averages $40-$50 per month in the U.S., and can be upwards of $100 for a plush one, like Equinox—it’s actually not so bad, assuming you intend to make regular exercise a permanent part of your lifestyle.
Half the battle when it comes to starting and maintaining an exercise regimen is getting to the gym or studio. Install a machine at home and that obstacle is eliminated. Plus, you’ll never find your workouts dull or uninspiring when you can visit the world right from your treadmill.