VRWorkout (on SideQuest or Steam)

We haven’t gotten much into SideQuest or Steam on this site yet, but had to mention this game for  serious trainers who want more traditional exercises in a virtual environment, this is the best full-body workout we’ve seen so far among VR games for the Quest; you’ll be dropping to the floor for crunches and planks, then jumping up to run in place, all while hitting colored targets that move toward you and moving your body to align your head with the visual cues it gives you. The game does feel more like real exercise to us than the gamified movement of the other apps here, so we think it’s unlikely to turn you into an exercise fan if you’re not already one, but if that’s your thing then this game will get your heart pumping even on the easiest mode (there are four levels of difficulty).

The game includes several short videos to illustrate how to do the moves and provides a series of pre-set workouts or you can create your own. Extensive customization is available to allow you to turn on or off specific moves (aging knees will appreciate “knee-saver” mode), select whether you want the workout to focus more on cardio or on strength, and even to turn on “Beast mode”…which is scary enough that we haven’t yet tried it! The game involves A LOT of moving and does not warn you when you get near your guardian boundary, so be sure you have plenty of room to move about without hitting anything (the developer recommends 2m x 1.5m (~6.5 x 5 ft) minimum.

You’ll want to make sure hand-tracking on your headset is turned on to do all the exercises that require hands (like planks), or try strapping your controllers to your wrists to keep your hands free. Or you can just turn those kinds of exercises off.

A downside for us is that music selection is really limited (only 13 songs right now, and none that are recognizable). There are a couple of workarounds to this, the first one not requiring much tech savviness but requiring some work, the second needing a bit more tech comfort. The first option is to create your own workout to music you like by playing a song (e.g. on your computer) and then hitting a virtual drum in the game to tell it where the beat of the music is. Once that’s done, select a “freeplay” mode in the game which will then send you workout cues without any music, and you just play yours in the background. The second approach allows you to upload your own music files (of OGG file type, kind of like an MP3 file but with more info).

This game is currently in preview (beta) mode so isn’t as polished as many others, but it is free for the Quest through SideQuest or through Steam for use with Oculus Link or with other headsets (the developer accepts donations). They are working on an online portal that tracks your workout results, but this is currently available only to donors through the Patreon platform. The developer is eager for community feedback to help improve the app.

 

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How to use HowToVR.com

Hello and welcome! We’re a small group of fiftysomethings that built this site to help folks like you get more enjoyment from your Quest headsets.

This section is just a little tutorial on how to get the most from your time here.

We  created HowToVR.com with the goal of making it easier to find what you’re looking for as well as providing you with some rare nuggets that you’re not likely find anywhere else!

To start off, we put the content into 6 categories

  • How to Get Started
    • Tips & Tricks for using your Quest 2
  • How to Get Together
    • Meeting friends & making new ones
  • How to Get Healthy
    • Exercise your body & your mind
  • How to Get Roaming
    • Visit exotic places while still in your house
  • How to Get Inspired
    • Fun education you didn’t know existed
  • How to Get Thrilled
    • Immersive movies, adventures abound in VR

You can reach each of these one of two ways

These buttons on the homepage

or with the How to dropdown menu from the top of the site.

Once you pick a category, you’ll get a page like the image below. The green arrows point to documents you can open by clicking on them, the red ones are sub-categories that will open up with more documents you can then open by clicking on them.

Once you’ve selected a document, it will open and look something like below. The green arrows are pointing to the categories you can choose from and the numbers in the blue dots tell you how many documents are in them. You can click on any you are interested in.

Please do be aware that we have only just started the site and it is a work in progress. We will be updating most of the content with more formatting and images soon.

We built this site for you, so please do reachout with any suggestions or requests. You can click the Contact Us link  and let us know your thoughts. Please do enjoy your time here. If you need to see these instructions again, you can click the big yellow button on the left of your screen. 

 

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