New York rec centre combines gaming and exercise

Interactive and high-intensity, this circuit-based gym changes the experience of exercise.

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An arcade-like workout that trains muscle and mind
An arcade-like workout that trains muscle and mind

Getting to the gym can be a daily struggle for a number of reasons. In New York, Asphalt Green, a non-profit sports and recreation centre, has taken it upon themselves to make exercise fun by turning their gym into an arcade.

Called AG6, the arcade-like gym environment enhances the usually dreary gym experience. The high-intensity, circuit-based class is based in a fully interactive workout space with walls and floors that respond to touch.

According to reports in the media, people can burn up to 1000 calories in a 45-minute class. In this time, participants are meant to react to unpredictable LED-light cues that train muscle memory and reflexes.

The short bursts of exercise are not only physically challenging, it also tests the participants’ mental reflexes. A number of interactive workout spots are already popular in Europe, but AG6 is the first of its kind in the US.