When the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities debuts its new downtown Minneapolis headquarters next year, it'll feature plenty of gym equipment like barbells, treadmills — and a virtual-reality machine that lets users pretend they're flying.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the latest trend in fitness gear: Virtual reality systems that simulate cardio workouts or other exercises. They aren't cheap, but they are gaining fans for their ability to keep users engaged — and exercising — longer.
Nathan Maehren, senior vice president of digital at the nonprofit, said that the Icaros offers "a 'wow' experience" with flying and scuba-diving games. The Verge, in a review at CES 2017 when the machine debuted earlier this year, described it at "VR skydiving crossed with planking."