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VR Fitness Tips
This use to be a weightloss tips page but recently added VR into the Mix. I bought a VR headset for exercising but slowly have been including other games as well. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world like a ton of Bricks this has been my only option for working out.
PowerbeatsVR is currently on sale on the Steam store for 13.99 until April 7 as opposed to 19.99. If you have access to PC VR games but were on the edge about this game. Right now is a good time to dive in. If you don't like any of the songs the built in level editor is one of the easiest to use. You can use your own songs and change things around to your liking like I did as shown on the video below. Yes I'm in really bad shape but hoping to see progress now that I'm doing this on a regular basis.
I'm not doing full squats because my knees start hurting after 20 squats. The goal is to do more down the line and also pick up speed and agility with this and other games of course. Even with these half squats it was still a good workout and my knees were hurting towards the end. Waving my hands just hands more to the workout and helps when my arms start feeling heavy.
The company is also working on Quest version but no word on when that will come out. Hopefully it also comes with the built in level editor.
I made this video of how I workout playing PowerbeatsVR but theb came to realize that after looking at this video my movement is not as much I thought it was. I guess it feels like I move around more while in VR but it really isn't. By doing a little more than what the game asks, making levels a bit more intense with more dodging, punching, and moving the arms in a sort of Jumping jacks type of way will help a little more in the long run with mobility and losing weight. I also do this FitXR/BoxVR and Beat Saber when there's too much spacing
Also hoping this helps other people out there who are going through the struggle. Things are starting to open up but will probably wait until they start vaccinating regular Joe's before I start exercising like a normal person besides just walking around the neighborhood.
Rift S/Oculus Link/Virtual Desktop PCVR link
How to use the Level Editor
Have not been updating here lately because I've been learning Blender and playing VR games mostly for workout purposes. Stressing out at work and also because of family health related problems (not me but other family members). Covid-19 you can't forget about that because it has added new levels of stress to everything overall. With the Vaccine already in circulation things are starting to look up so in the long run things will get better for everybody. Another reason I haven't been updating is because I plan to do a major overhaul to this site but haven't started on it yet because I have no clue what kind of design it will be. It will happen eventually just don't know when.
Been leaning more on the VR fitness bug that bit me and lately it's been more on the PC side. With BoxVR, and PowerbeatsVR leading the charge because of how easy it is to use custom songs. Custom songs can make the time go quicker when working out in VR. I went back toBoxVR even though it's outdated compared to the FitXR version that is on the Quest. FitXR doesn't have custom songs or custom playlists for that matter. FitXR does have better hit detection but my love for custom songs drove me back to BoxVR. It's hit or miss sometimes because it just auto generates the level for you when you click files and browse for the songs in your music folder. If you go with faster paced songs it can really give you good workout better than the in game songs
PowerBeatsVR also allows for custom songs which auto generates the levels for you or you can choose to make the map yourself in an easy to use in game map editor. It is a little hard to follow along with the beats so I just make them hard with alot of dodging, and ducking to avoid walls. I also put balls in far to reach places to make it more interesting. I did a 9 minute song and was able to burn 101 calories with 100 squats. I posted the video below labelled best workout ever. Did not post the song because i didn't want a copyright strike from youtube but instead did a crappy voice over just so you can see it in it's entirerity and also explain my dily plan. I have one already so don't wanna risk. Pretty much all the songs I put are copyright free including one song my younger brother made called Government Red. Been trying to encourage him to do more with his music creation so just hoping this will get him out of his shell and maybe down the line we can collaborate on something he goes by the name M_slice42069 .
Below are some examples of some of the songs and below the videos I talk about my daily routine.
BoxVR through Oculus Quest 2 connected to my PC through Steam and VIrtual Desktop
BoxVR is also available for the Playstation VR but I don't think you can do custom songs on that version
PowerBeatsVR best workout ever!!!
PowerBeatsVR best workout ever part 2
My plan for a Daily Routine
Ok so since I started working from home I picked up some bad habits. I started vaping again, and eating more forbidden food. I quit vaping like 2 weeks ago and gained 15 lbs even though I've been working out. I started walking with my brother around the block for a good 30 minutes a day apart from the VR workouts.
I also started working out during breaks since I work from home and can quickly jump into the quest for a quick ten minute workout on FitXR during both my breaks. If I have time I also try to squeeze one in during my lunch which is only 30 minutes long. Sometimes I can do another 10 minute workout but it's mostly an 8 minute or even a 3 minute workout druing lunch time. After work me and my brother go out and walk his dog for 30 minutes and turns out to be a 1.2 mile walk more or less. Around 8pm I hop on the quest and just try to get to 1000 move calories and 3000 overall calories and this is excluding the calories I burnt walking. So far it's been 2 weeks and things are good so far. I have remained consistant but the hard part is slowing down on the eating which got worse when I quit vaping. I've been staying even but this weekend I didn't eat as much and that's when I eat the most. So we'll see how that goes. I feel this week will be a good turning point.
Besides BoxVR, PowerbeatsVR, and FitXR I also add Beatsaber into the mix but not as much as before.
My favorite Beat Saber Level to play
I know it's late but Happy New year to all!!! Spent the later part of 2020 fixing my computer. The computer would turn on and it would sound like it was dying soon after but then the fans would starts kicking in again. Meanwhile windows would give me an error just before the windows splash screen came up. I ended up taking out parts one by one to see what caused the problem but could not fix it. I started off with the power supply then the RAM and finally the Processor which was the cause of all this madness that unfolded. The good part is that now I have a beefy computer but the bad part is that I have to recover all my data and slowly putting everything back.
Just hoping that 2021 will be the death of the Corona Virus / Covid-19. It's starting out a little rough but hopefully it slowly starts going away now that they have a vaccine. Been playing VR to get rid of all the Holiday food I consumed and that's pretty much all I got. I did record some footage to upload to my Youtube channel. Sooner or later I will include some videos that will hopefully help people burn more calories while playing games like Beat Saber and Fit XR. I made some raw footage videos shown below of PowerBeats VR which gives a very good workout, X-booster which is also a good workout but needs inprovement on the Hit Detection and also Pistol Whip which yet another great workout.
X-booster Oculus Quest and Quest 2 Sidequest Demo
Pistol Whip 2089
Well it's almost been 2 months since Facebook's Oculus Quest 2 was released and I planned to do a full review rather than the small recap I posted below on October 14th but decided against because there is just so many out there to choose from. All I'm gonna say that it's made me a happy cramper oops I mean Camper. So many people have made the jump into VR and the industry is starting to boom. It's not like when I got my first headset the Lenovo Explorer back in 2018 when there was hardly anyone online playing multiplayer VR games even some of the popular ones. Facebook despite their obvious flaws has broght VR to masses and quickly turned this around and we can't forget Valve's involvement. Valves gaming platform steam has kept it alive for years and with the release of Half Life Alyx and their own headset the Vlave Index things started to look interesting and there was an upside in the VR community.
Play Station VR was another platform that brought alot of people into VR. I almost went with a Playstation VR because that's how I got introduced into the gaming Genre but then went with Lenovo. Playstation VR helped keep it alive as well so I have to give lots of credit to them. The HP Reverb G2 also came out as well recently and has definitely made it's presence felt bringing PCVR back into the picture with their mid level price range headset which has the best resolution out of all headsets currently out there.
Some games I've been playing lately are Contractors, Hyper Dash, Ancient Dungeon, Beat Saber, FitXR, Racket Fury, Eleven Table Tennis, Pistol Whip, and Creed.
I haven't done much except for recording gameplay footage of some of the games which I posted below. Some of these games are below via my Youtube page.
Hitstream available on Oculus Quest and Quest2 sideloaded through Sidequest.
Gym Class and Sqush up available on Oculus Quest and Quest 2 via sidequest
A video compilation of Punching bags in VR games Creed, Thrill of the fight, Knockout League, and Punchpad workout
Oculus Quest 2 quick overview
Since there is plenty of reviews out there on youtube and on websites. Alot of them seem bias and some are split in the middle. There's also plenty of personal reviews on reddit and you can tell which ones are sincere and which ones are worthless. Anyway I'm gonna start off by saying that I was a fan of the first Oculus Quest it got me excited about VR again and when the Oculus link cable released it broadened my Horizon.
The size at first made it look like a beefed up viewmaster and kinda made the field of view feel small and cramped. It had a simplistic feel to it because of how light it was. After 20 minutes I got use to it and did not end up with a sore neck which is what happened with Quest 1 after 2 hours of Box VR and Beat Saber.
The strap is not as bad as people make it out to be. It's definitely more comfortable than the Quest 1 strap but I only played for an hour before I switched over to the elite strap but other people like my brother got his own quest and said that after a while it did start getting front heavy.
Oculus Link works the same didn't notice any difference as far as performance but once 90 hertz is enabled for the Ouculus things will get interesting.
Virtual Desktop has 90 hertz enabled and oh my god I can finally play Beat saber using Virtual Desktop on my laptop and my Desktop PC. I'm tempted to get wifi 6 router now but will wait a little.
The controllers did feel a little uncomfortable because they are a bit bulkier and I felt like I had to grip them tight in fear of dropping them which made one of my hands cramp up at one point. But doing the trick in the picture below with the default strap fixed the problem although it might be a tight fit for some people. Straps will come soon from 3rd party developers and hopefully not too expensive. Kiwi will probably have some that are decently priced but the Mamut grips were a little too expensive for the Oculus quest 1 so they might be also for oculus quest 2.
The blacks are not as bad as people make them out to be. Quest 1 had an Oled panel which showed blacks in their true color. For Quest 2 they are slightly grey and so the only time it was really noticeable was in foggy enviroments but it just made the fog look thicker.
IPD display works at the widest setting as well as the middle setting for me so I kept it in the middle setting. On the widest setting you can see the square borders if your eyes don't align perfectly with the lenses so I kept it in the middle.
The tracking is alot better especially noticeable when shooting a basketbal in Altspace. Still needs work but I can atleast shoot the basketball from a distance. It's only been day but so far having blast with it.
I don't know if I'll ever do a full review since this is more of fitness thing. These are just my first initial thoughts.
2 more days until I get my hands on the new Oculus Quest 2 and I can't wait. I uploaded a video showing X-booster which is another rythm game that will give you decent workout. For me the game play was a little wonky but playable. That is not an excuse at my poor play. I just suck at this game.
Xbooster Raw game play footage
Uploaded 2 more raw gameplay footage of Ninja Legends and also Fruit Ninja VR. Still waiting for Oculus quest 2 to be released on the 13th. 9 more days to go. This will probably be the longest full work week of my life. SInce this whole covid-19 thing started happening work has been stressfull. The future is uncertain, lots of people losing their jobs, and the presidential debate just looked like a school kid argument.
Fruit Ninja VR
That's all I got for now see you next time buh bye!!!
More VR fitness stuff
Some of you are probably tired that I've started covering fitness related to Virtual reality but given the circumstances with the Corona Virus / COVID-19 and me being afraid of someone's sweat splashing into me at the track during this hot summer weather. This is the only option available at the moment and actually seems to add a bit of fun into the routine depending on what you're playing of course. I will eventually make some Mixed reality with tips on how to increase your production for games like Beat Saber and FitXR(BoxVR for PC users as of today and the near future). I've made a few instagram videos of Box VR and Beat Saber which are listed below. There's also a game called Punch Pad Workout made by an independant developer. Links to games and videos listed below.
BoxVR (For PC users and Play Station VR users)
Old video of BoxVR on the Oculus Quest that I had originally posted on my Facebook Page so you can check out some of the actual game play.
FitXR (For Oculus Quest Users)
The FitXR video is not my video I just posted a random one I found on youtube because I don't currently have one available.
Beat Saber Video 1
Beat Saber Video 2
Beat Saber for the Oculus Quest
Beat Saber for PC users
Punch Pad Workout VR
This game can be purchased over on Steam it says it is only for Valve Index and HTC Vive but I got it to work on my Oculus Quest headset with Oculus link cable connected to my PC
Also the Oculus Quest 2 was officially announced on Wednesday and I was undecided at first but then bit the bullet and pre ordered it along with the strap. Official release date is October 13th and so now the longest wait time of my entire life begins. There is a picture of it below with the strap and also one with the controllers.
2020 started out as an optimistic year then Covid-19 happened but slowly and surely things are about to get better. In the future for any Facebook haters out there I will put up a list headsets that are currently available out in the Market in the near future.
Here is a list of the games that I play directly on Oculus Quest for exercising Purposes
Games for Oculus Quest thruough Sidequest (Cheap or Free Sideloaded Games)
Games I play with my Ocuus Quest connected to my PC thru the Oculus Link Cable for exercise
Oculus Quest 2 Videos leaked
This morning Oculus Quest 2 videos were leaked this morning but quickly taken out. I know this is not really related to weight loss but since I plan to add VR gaming into my exercise routine this is definitely something to look forward to. The leaked videos are below posted Tyriel Wood and also that I also included a video by The Mysticle which explains everything that we know so far. If the walmart leaks are correct this headset will be supercheap but not holding my breath it almost sounds like were ripping them off. So if your thinking about getting a VR headset and worried about the price this is probably gonna be the one to buy.
If I develop enough interest I might have seperate section for VR gaming. For right now I mostly use this for exercising purposes.
Virtual Reality Gaming for Weightloss
Well it's been a while since I posted anything about weightloss. Since Covid-19 aka the Corona Virus forced us to stay quarantined. I hadn't exercised much and gained 15/20 lbs. Because of that I turned to virtual reality on a more regular basis. Using games like BoxVR, Beat Saber, Creed, Knockout league, and Thrill of the fight has definietly helped. I plan to focus more on my website become more focused on 2d and 3d design as well as weight loss.
My road to VR started in 2017 when my brother purchased a playstation VR and introduced to Beat Saber and Super Hot. Instantly fell in love and In 2018 I bought a Lenovo Explorer which is Windows Mixed Reality headset and bought a few games. I played it on and off because to set it up was a pain in the buttocks. Tthe batteries would drain like crazy and in some cases I had to setup the boundary again because sometimes this would cause the controllers to not b e detected.
Fast forward to May 21st 2019 the day that the Oculus Quest came out. I purchased it on the day of release and have never looked back. Setup was a breeze and no computer is needed which was a huge plus because being tethered to a PC made doing somethings difficult. I quit playing video games years ago because I would play for hours and this started becoming a problem with gaining more weight. With Virtually reality that wasn't the case so I took it up again but this time it didn't feel as guilty if I played for hours.
Enter 2020 where now I play almost everyday but strictly playing games that require alot of movement It was made more so a must when the Corona Virus forced me to work at home and practically every place was closed down. I will probably include tips and tricks that will help you burn off some of the fat. For now the weight gain has stopped but I'll be looking for ways to help me lose weight playing Virtual reality games and will share my findings here.
It's hard to believe that 2014 is almost over as we are entering the holiday season. Thanksgiving is this Thursday so I'm definitely looking forward to the time off.
Currently I'm still able to keep the weight off and decided to put some videos on Youtube.
I also made a blog go here to check it out
I plan to make more videos in the future. My new quest is to get a flat stomach, lose the man boobs, and fix my posture.
First off happy new year to all. I know I have not been posting much but I got down to 165 lbs as of the Middle of August and have kept the weight off. I only go Jogging on the weekends now and have started Biking since Labor day Weekend. Been doing more pushups also. Ive been hovering from 164-170 since then and I've been thinking of going to the gym but still not sure. I think I just gotta be more consistant with the weight training before I go to the next level.
Weightloss production has slowed down since 4/28/2013 I have only lost 6 lbs which is still something. My goal was to be 170 lbs by the end of May which is still possible but likely not. Exercise wise I wish I could've kept a detailed journal but I didn't. I'm still doing some Cardio right now and decided to take 3 days off Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays instead of 2 because I have been losing weight on my rest days. We'll see how that goes I guess for now. I do less Cardio these days tho and try running more.
Oh and Here's one more reason to Believe Lard is actually healthy for you :)
I ran across this video the other day and thought I would share. It has some interesting clips here and there and talks about trash about Vegetable oils hehe.
My first link to post talks about Lard how it's actually good for you despite what we are being told and gives a brief history of why it got a bad rap.
On January 8 2013 we started a biggest loser contest at work which I won by a longshot. As a New Years resolution I started out by quitting soda. Going into the 3rd week of the Biggest loser contest on Wednesday January 30th I quit sugar and below is the Video that helped me make that decision thank you Sean Croxton for the video.
Quitting sugar wasn't really that hard and I couldn't explain why it was so easy to quit. I didn't find out til Recently that it's because I was eating Extra Virgin Coconut Oil which kills sugar cravings. Also consuming more animal fat from Pork and Beef helped. Qutting soda at the start of the year also helped too of course.
Also ceck out this link about Raw Unpasteurized Milk click here
Let me start off by explaining what I eat and what I don't eat
Foods and things I avoid
What I eat
If there is a food that is questionable I check to see if people on the Paleo Diet can eat it. I'm not 100% Paleo because I eat Bread, Raw Milk, and Rice but it's still very helpfull to check under that category.
This is a page where I will post as many weightloss tips as possible to try and help others lose weight as mentioned above I'am in no way an expert in the art of weightloss and I will never claim to be an expert. I just wanna help spread the word and try to help others in their weightloss journey by telling what I did to lose weight. I will have a my journal posted on this site which I kept using evernote on my phone, tablet, and PC. I just need to clean it out to make it less boring to read first.
I will also post pictures when I build up the courage :)
I gotta thank Karl Nguyen for helping me with my Weightloss problem and for showing me how eat and exercise properly.
Alot of the things he mentioned made complete sense like how we eat today and how we ate in our childhood and how food is made today.
This page will have more stuff in the future
Since June 30 2007