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Virtual fitness kiosks for group fitness offer a wide variety of classes for anyone from children to older adults. With up to 1200 classes available on demand, could they replace your favorite group fitness instructor in your gym? Read more to find out.

Saunter into the gym with your bestie, find an open studio; select the class you both feel like completing, and sweat with the instructor on the big screen. That’s just how easy it is to use a virtual fitness kiosk. No running into a group class 8 minutes late, no cancellations by instructors, just the simplicity of doing group fitness on your own schedule. Could these easy-to-use kiosks replace group instructors at your gym?

What Is A Virtual Fitness Kiosk & Who Are They For?

I just walk up, select a video, and off I go, as long as the room is available, which is almost always during the times I go (4:30-6:30am).”

~Leah Alviar, Ultra Marathoner, Bikini Competitor, Fitness Junkie

A virtual fitness kiosk is kind of like a modern juke box, except instead of playing a wide variety of music, it dispenses up to 1,200 different workouts for you to get in shape with. The workouts are just about any style you can think of. Do you love Zumba, Insanity, or Gaiam? No problem! Everything from cycling to different styles of dance, yoga, aerobics, kettlebell workouts, and beyond are at your fingertips.

Some classes are lead by fitness celebrities such as Jillian Michaels and Les Mills. How often do you have the opportunity to work out with these fitness pros?

There are also classes designed for children and a variety that are tailored for older adults who have medical conditions, such as high blood pressure. Classes are also offered in multiple languages. Literally speaking, there are high quality classes for everyone.

Where The Kiosks Are and Different Purposes They Serve At Different Gyms

A virtual kiosk may be closer than you think. Where I live, I was able to locate kiosks at some local gyms and on select military bases.

According to Hoachlander (2013), virtual fitness kiosks were set up on military bases because they wanted to provide alternative methods for airmen to stay fit, to improve total force fitness levels, and they were in need of a variety of group fitness instructors that they were having difficulty contracting for their group fitness courses.

The kiosk was a simple answer. Individuals can walk in at any time to work out using the kiosk, or the base gym can schedule classes for the airmen to use. This applies to gyms as well.

Look on the internet at different gyms in your area if you are interested in trying a kiosk. I know that Anytime Fitness was a big-time promoter of Fitness on Request who teamed up with Les Mills in 2013.

Kiosks were actually perfect for Anytime Fitness because they allowed for low membership prices due to low overhead costs. When you don’t have to pay 15 employees, costs stay down. Anytime Fitness is un-traditional in the fact that they function without many employees.  Other small gyms, or gyms that are part of a company like USAA, are in the same boat. The kiosks can give smaller gyms a much wider variety of offerings to their members.  

 A friend of mine, Leah Alviar, has tried kiosk classes at Anytime Fitness. She said, “I loved it, especially yoga, kickboxing, strength and conditioning, and cycling.”

Continue reading after recommendations
  • Alviar, L. (2016, November 29). Virtual Fitness Kiosks [E-mail interview].
  • Hoachlander, I. (2013, September 11). Virtual fitness kiosks set up at 66 locations. Retrieved December 01, 2016, from http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/News/Article/583062/virtual-fitness-kiosks-set-up-at-66-locations/
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