Spring is here and is an ideal time to shape up. Stay motivated and keep your New Year momentum going through 2019 with some spring training in the City.

Are you a gamer at heart? A new neighbor at 1390 Market Street is bringing the world’s first virtual reality gym experience to the Mid-Market neighborhood. Step into the Black Box VR boutique gym and immerse yourself in a whole new way to get fit.

In the Black Box VR experience, muscle groups are represented by elements. The greater your strength, the higher your level. Exercises that work the legs for example are associated with water and will have corresponding effects in the game. At any moment, your opponent can fight back more effectively if he or she uses the opposing element. The level of your weakest muscle group determines your overall rank, pushing you to maintain a well-rounded functional fitness. Black Box VR’s machine learning algorithms incentivize your optimal workout so you can focus less on tracking and more on pushing yourself to the limit.

Heroes field warrior units and perform movements with real resistance to deploy direct damage, break through opposing gates and destroy the enemy crystal. Stronger lifts correspond to more powerful attacks. A session is comprised of as many rounds as possible in 30 minutes. The more crystals you destroy in each round, the more points you will earn! Win battles to earn trophies that allow you to move up to higher stadiums and rankings.

Black Box VR is open Monday- Friday 6am – 9pm and Saturday – Sunday 8am – 4pm. Located next door to Starbucks, this is a convenient spot to get your game on.

Speaking of making fitness fun, NEMA is all about service with a human smile and time-saving resources designed to make everyday life more enjoyable, including 30,000 square feet of beautifully designed indoor and outdoor amenities for productivity, wellness, and leisure. NEMA knows how important fitness is and caters to residents through custom fit events such as: Spartan Races, Bicycle Trips, Urban Hiking, Ski Trips, and Goat Yoga as well as having an in-house Fitness Director with plenty of programs for every fitness level and style.

Kat Wooton, Fitness Director at NEMA brings a strong background in Pilates and a journalism niche in fitness and health, she has a well-rounded approach to optimizing wellness for our residents.

“At NEMA we have 11 classes on the schedule. We have all forms of fitness, stretch, strength and sweat with the best instructors that are passionate about what they bring to our residents.” – Kat

NEMA’s 7,000-square-foot fitness center offers an innovative approach to health and wellness founded on the latest exercise science research. Designed with dramatic murals of the California coastline and large open spaces for movement training exercises, it offers a wide range of sophisticated cardio equipment as well as superior strength training machines. All cardio equipment is set up for internet browsing and TV programming, making that time on the treadmill fly by.

After a satisfying workout, head to the spa! NEMA’s two spa treatment rooms, with textured walls and driftwood-colored oak floors, provide a tranquil atmosphere for massage and beauty treatments within the comfort of your own home.

If you’re looking to combine your workout with someplace scenic in San Francisco, Kat recommends Lands End “…My French Bulldog GiGi loves this walk!”.

Check in with your NEMA fitness team and see what’s popping up this spring!

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