The fitness industry is always looking for new ways to innovate and engage new audiences to exercise. It seems like every new sports activity is out to target a certain kind of person or client by combining different activities to create a kind of hybrid workout, whether it's a Barre class or the new CrossFit gym down the road. You can say they're new takes on old principles like ballet, strength training, group motivated workouts, etc.
How does LazRfit compare? We explore the parallels between LazRfit, laser tag, and parkour.
PLAY OR WORK? CAN YOU HAVE BOTH?
The Birth of Parkour
A period followed when the most popular form of exercise seemed to be bashing enemies over their heads in wars. After troops returned from the First World War, they were accustomed to having military obstacle courses for keeping fit. After several iterations, David Belle developed public obstacle courses based on running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, and quadrupedal movements.
He called his ‘Parkour’ clients that used them ‘traceuses’ and ‘traceurs’ respectively to discriminate between women and men. Parkour works best for women and men working as teams. The reason being it gets kinda boring climbing up and jumping over things on your own, while the rest are having social fun playing tag, volleyball, or even ping pong.
Laser Tag Arrived on the Scene
Speaking of tag, laser tag took over when technology improved over paintball. Whereas tag involves fast movements and exercise, laser tag has more elements of military combat and stealth. Thanks to embedded software, shots, tags, ‘kills’ and other parameters combine with realistic combat scenarios to really get players’ hearts thumping with adrenalin.
But laser tag is not really exercise, is it? Real exercise that builds physique, muscles, and stamina involves repetitions of walking, running, jumping, climbing, balancing, throwing, lifting, self-defense, and swimming. Georges Hébert - who spoke of these things decades before David Belle arrived on the scene - believed they were the forerunners of coolness, courage, willpower, and firmness.
How lazRfit Cartwheels Over Parkour and Laser Tag
Someone came up with the excellent idea of adding exercise to laser tag. If their goal was to develop a cardio workout for people who hate cardio, they certainly got it right ;)
The highly competitive nature of tagging people while jumping over and around obstacles can strip away 200 calories in 12 minutes.
Plus, you can work off your frustrations by being extremely competitive at the same time. That’s because the only way to survive at lazRfit is to keep ducking and diving, and moving and sliding. Besides, once you call the shots you have to exercise even more to reload your weapon, and all the time the ‘enemy’ is stalking you.
Did we hook you yet? Let’s get down to the details of just why this is a perfect way to exercise.
We don’t think Parkour fits the athletic component of constant movement and balanced muscle development particularly well. From what we have observed in practice, many teams exercise one-at-a-time while the others watch. Moreover, the exercises mainly tackle the major arm and leg muscles. This is still a great improvement over laser tag though. With laser tag, the key lies in hiding, stealth, and creeping up on your opponent. You see, the game involves waiting, and picking cherry shots when your opponent moves into view.
Nobody ever got healthier standing still, did they? What lazRfit does is blend elements of competition, athleticism and healthy fun into a single, irresistible mix where you get stronger having a whale of a time, working major muscle groups together. Georges Hébert based his original Parkour thinking on indigenous tribes in Africa. "Their bodies were splendid, flexible, nimble, skillful, enduring, and resistant,” he wrote. ”But yet they had no other tutor in gymnastics but their lives in nature." That’s nature where they were forever walking, running, jumping, and throwing their spears.
Gear & Data Tracking
Since Parkour and Paintball date from the pre-digital age, neither has built-in data tracking instruments. Laser tag improves on this because the laser guns and protective clothing have sensors reporting activity to identify who picked which cherry. When we add wearable body sensors, we have the makings of a data tracking system.
LazRfit again takes things a stage further. LazRfit gear keeps the players hooked into a community database. After a workout, players receive instant results and data tracking metrics (calories spent, steps taken, heart rate, ...) That’s because the quality of the exercise and competitive achievements of the players both share center stage.
LazRfit is supremely flexible, whereas Parkour and laser tag only provide the exercise, or the contest respectively. Where there is only one present, the lack of true competition, or the lack of genuine exercise contribute negatively to the user’s lifestyle. LazRfit is perfect as an after work activity, with friends and family; it is also perfect solo, as a fun alternative to a boring gym routine, and as a way to crank it up a notch or two (and meet new friends).
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