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I recently bought a Quest 2, Meta’s virtual reality headset, to view Horizon Worlds, also known as the “metaverse.” Unfortunately, the metaverse turned out to be hot garbage, a buggy experience where you float legless with strangers in a world that looks worse than a 20-year-old video game.

then i found out supernaturalI It’s a VR fitness experience that’s so good, Meta bought Within, the company that makes Supernatural. The FTC recently tried to block that move because it thinks Meta should compete on its own terms instead of trying to “buy its way to the top.”

Whatever.

As someone who did CrossFit for three years before the pandemic struck, I was skeptical about working out with a big white box stuck over my face. But Supernatural took my breath away. Within 10 minutes, I was on the floor in a puddle of sweat, my heart pounding like crazy, something I hadn’t experienced since my last CrossFit workout about a year ago.

The classic Supernatural training is called “Flow”. When you turn one on, you’re immediately immersed in a stunning location—on top of the Great Wall of China, for example, or the Galapagos Islands, or the Temple of Horus in Egypt—in beautiful, photorealistic virtual reality. Then you put your entire body to work, smashing targets flying at you with virtual clubs, crouching to dodge virtual triangles, lunging and lifting your knees to the beat.

The beat, by the way, is courtesy of tracks by popular artists: Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, The Jackson Five, and many more. There are even songs from Broadway musicals, classics from the ’80s and ’90s, and Disney classics. (There’s nothing better than swinging your batons in the air and smashing a few things while singing “Circle of Life” at the same time.)

Flow is not the only type of training with Supernatural. You can also box, stretch and meditate. (No crushing goals here, just sit back, breathe, and take in the beautiful scenery around you.)

It’s true that you look completely ridiculous to anyone looking at you while you work out in VR. -P.S

You can get a subscription to Supernatural for around $15 per month.

you can buy the Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headset on Amazon for around $400.

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