Xponential+ is now available on the Meta Quest 3, bringing boutique fitness instructors right into people’s homes
After successfully establishing itself as the world’s top boutique fitness franchisor, Xponential Fitness is now looking to take over the growing virtual reality arena, beginning with three of its most popular fitness brands.
In order to stake its claim in the metaverse, the fitness curator selected Litesport to develop its popular studio workouts for its virtual and mixed-reality fitness app, Xponential+, available on the Meta Quest 3, Meta Quest Pro and Meta Quest 2. The new digital workout platform was revealed at the Meta Connect event in September.
Litesport, a fitness and wellness VR/MR tech company formerly known as Liteboxer, knows a thing or two about the magic of VR fitness, having launched its own app with a newly added strength training mode enabling real trainers to appear in a user’s space to offer dumbbell-based workouts.
For $9.99 a month, Xponential+ fitness fans can access Club Pilates, Pure Barre and StretchLab right from home. Rumble Boxing and CycleBar will be added early next year, with BFT, Stride Fitness, Row House and AKT available by the end of 2024.
“We are thrilled to partner with Litesport to introduce Xponential+ to our fitness community,” said Garrett Marshall, president of Xponential+. “This app represents a new era in fitness technology, offering our users a truly immersive and dynamic workout experience. We are excited to see our members achieve their fitness goals in this innovative way.”
The new platform takes into account a user’s physical surroundings to ensure a safe workout experience — users can select from a complete virtual reality studio experience, a mixed reality environment that blends the physical and virtual, or a full passthrough setting, where instructors will appear directly in a user’s physical environment. A controller-free experience using hand-tracking technology allows fitness enthusiasts to freely use dumbbells, bikes, rowers and mats.
Xponential has also earned bragging rights as the first to bring Barre and Pilates into virtual reality, using Surface Sync IP, which transforms a dining chair into a virtual Barre. Plans are also underway to use the same technology to reinvent dust-ridden rowers or exercise bikes into smart hardware that can track fitness stats.
Litesport CEO Jeff Morin calls the partnership with the boutique fitness franchisor a “pivotal moment.”
“Together, we are bringing the future of fitness into millions of homes around the world,” Morin said. “A first-of-its-kind experience bringing well-known brick-and-mortar fitness studios into the virtual world. We are diving headfirst into an unsaturated and high-potential space. Our collaboration will revolutionize the way people engage with their health and wellness, making it more accessible and inspiring than ever before.”
Courtney Rehfeldt has worked in the broadcasting media industry since 2007 and has freelanced since 2012. Her work has been featured in Age of Awareness, Times Beacon Record, The New York Times, and she has an upcoming piece in Slate. She studied yoga & meditation under Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and is an avid reader. Courtney has a BA in Media & Communications studies.