During the pandemic, the popularity of home gyms has exploded, sometimes making it virtually impossible to buy the highest quality exercise bikes and other equipment. But even before COVID-19, technological advances and new software platforms have driven people from gyms and fitness research to basements, home offices, and living rooms.

Ironically, home fitness technology drives people out of the house for vacation.

In many high-profile cases such as Peloton and SoulCycle, the new paradigm adopted existing face-to-face classes led by instructors in physical studios and delivered them digitally to their homes. Today, the model is reversed in a dramatic way. Fitness classes at home move participants outdoors and to some of the most beautiful training locations on the planet.

This innovator is a famous equipment manufacturer NordicTrack And it’s becoming more and more popular iFit software platform.. With more than 6 million iFit users, the company currently integrates subscription-based apps into NordicTrack (and other brands under its umbrella) treadmills, ellipticals, climbers, rowing, bikes, and strength training mirrors. It has been. It can be used with any brand of household equipment (including ProForm and Freemotion). Or if you have little or no equipment for strength training, yoga, Pilates, etc.

In addition to the wide variety of training and equipment that iFit offers classes and training programs, a major differentiator is that much of its content is not in class. While competitors have focused on recreating the studio group’s experience through tablets, iFit has long focused on bringing it outdoors. This is achieved with a trainer-led first-person location travel workout with very high quality production value. Examples include hiking, trail running, mountain biking behind a famous trail instructor, or even a road bike that bikes the most desirable routes around the world, even when walking in exotic cities. You can also virtually run the Boston Marathon and other famous races.

Wired Magazine The review describes this technology as follows: “The iFit bike workout on the Nordic Track S22i is a lot of fun. She … jumps to one of the best mountain bike parks in the world, so she rarely pedals like crazy behind a world class mountain biker. . “

I personally used the iFit platform to preview where to go, hike in Big Sky, Montana and Zermatt, Switzerland, and then visit these trails directly.

Now that many of the iFit trainers who lead these activities around the world have increased their followers, the company is leveraging it in a way to open up new frontiers in fitness and travel on live fitness vacations led by former “virtual” trainers. did.

The first iteration of this iFIT Retreat The program started last year is Sibana Wellness Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Arizona (4th in US Destination Spa) Travel + leisure magazine). The luxurious retreat is all-inclusive and is co-led by iFIT trainers and CIVANA’s expert wellness guides. According to the company, “iFIT members get out of the back of the screen to connect with their favorite trainers in real life, manage their personal health, update their thinking and discover new ways to get out of stress. There is a unique opportunity to do it in everyday life. “

The first iFit retreat was last November, with three sessions coming soon this year. March dates are sold out, but there are still spaces for April 14-17 and May 15-18. Each is a 4-day, 3-night experience ($ 3,995) led by a top iFIT trainer and is open to all fitness levels. Prices include wellness activities including all accommodation, food, drinks, fitness classes, and itineraries specially designed for the program. Guests will learn the nutritional habits of the iFIT trainer’s host, consult one-on-one with a registered dietitian, and then receive a customized nutrition plan. Each guest can enjoy a 60-minute spa massage treatment at the Spa’s Signature Aquatherapy Circuit, which consists of a hot pool, cold pool and waterfall shower. Includes various iFIT gifts, hydration kits, cookbooks and other souvenirs.

But this year, the company took a step further with a new program with slate. iFIT Adventure, Travel to breathtaking locales around the world based on the most popular iFIT platform workouts These run for 4 to 13 days across a variety of settings and challenges. From the magnificent national parks of the United States to the French Alps, to the tougher high-altitude explorations to the summits of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The novel concept is a real workout version where members may already be virtually hiking, boating, running or cycling.

“As a natural next step in the iFIT ecosystem, we will withdraw the digital curtain and open the door to a face-to-face adventure with the iFIT edge,” said Mark Watter, president and chief experience officer of iFIT. Son says. “Currently, iFIT Adventure is expanding the platform to provide the community with destination training, both on and off the screen.”

The first adventure will take place May 5-8, 2022, with a four-day, three-night hiking trip led by iFIT trainer Casey Gilbert. Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park In Utah. Participants will experience a guided hike, a restorative sunrise yoga and meditation session, daily chef-cooked meals, and a private luxury “Glamp Camp” specially created for the trip. increase.

Most trips feature hiking, but there are also trips that include yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, cycling, and many group fitness classes. The Remaining schedule Included:

Costa Rica (May 18-22)

French Alps (July 15-20)

Iceland (August 15-21)

Mount Kilimanjaro (September 15-21)

Everest Base Camp (November 1-13)

All-inclusive packages (excluding aviation) range from $ 3,995 to $ 8,995 and vary from location to location and include all activities, land transportation, accommodation, food, drinks, and special equipment needed.