Constructing Up a Sweat – Maximizing a Thrill of the Battle Exercise
I play a lot of different virtual reality fitness games. My goal for a big welding session has to be The thrill of the fight VR boxes. This game drives you harder than any other VR experience. I find that staying in this intense workout for more than 45 minutes is quite difficult.
On the surface, the game is designed as a boxing simulation in VR, but it’s really an exercise in sheer endurance. There are different opponents that you will face against with their own strengths and abilities. Some of the fighters fall relatively easily, but even the “simple” fighters require a lot of timing, accuracy and strength. Playing the base game is a great way to get some intense cardio workout. However, we here at Virtual Reality Fitness Insider want to expand these limits. Here are some ways you can get the most out of Thrill of the Fight, VR Boxing.
Go the distance
The thrill of the fight starts with shorter rounds with a limit of 3 rounds. So the first time you face a fighter, parameters are set for you. Your first opponent will be a sparring partner. That way, you can get familiar with the game’s expectations. Once you have defeated this partner, you will begin your “career” as an amateur fighter.
The first time you face an “actual” fighter, the rounds last 2 minutes and you must complete 3 rounds. If you can win this battle, the real training begins for you. You can unlock the ability to change the parameters of the fight.
Now you can change the length of time of each round and the number of rounds during your fight. You can also change the fighter and make them tougher, stronger and more enduring. You can also change the amount of time between laps that you rest. I usually leave this at the default of 60 seconds.
At the beginning I change the rounds to 3 minutes (that’s how long a real fight per round would take) and change the number of rounds from 3 to 12. In this case, the training becomes much more strenuous. If you crouch, dodge, and throw punches, you will soon be out of breath and at times you can even develop a sting in your side. Hearing the ringing becomes a very welcome sound.
300 seconds of effort
Driving 12 laps now takes a lot of time. Not everyone wants to commit to playing a fighter for almost an hour (36 minutes of fight with a 12 minute break). So what I like to do when my time is limited is the round time. Instead of 2 or 3 minutes, it is rounded up to a maximum of 5 minutes. Keep it at 3 rounds and give yourself a good 20 minutes of sweat.
300 seconds never seemed so long. I promise you that. Fight hard and pull through while protecting yourself and you will feel the results. With the YUR Fitness Tracker you can measure your effort. If you notice your heart rate dropping, you can relax. That’s what I enjoy about this route. You can see when you come up short and increase the pace.
Placing your opponent on a higher level of difficulty like Outclassed can greatly expand your limits. You’ll hit harder and have a lot more vapor than normal. This requires you to be a little more tactical. As you defend yourself more, keep your hands with your feet and head in constant motion. The punches you land require you swing your arms harder and more accurately. For me, this turns a boxing match into a great endurance test.
Playing in this mode will make you feel like you’re in a real battle. I noticed that as I went through the laps at this level, I was getting a new respect for real boxers. It was a lot of effort, sweat and digging deep. When you consider that real boxers do what you do while getting hit on the face and body, things really get put into perspective.
Bring me EVERYONE!
Another great way to approach the thrill of combat is to go through the base game as a workout. This puts you against every other fighter in the game for every 3 rounds. As you progress through this mode, the fighters will be unlocked and you will be able to make these changes to the parameters.
This is a great way to add a lot of variety while pushing your limits at the same time. The fighters get faster, stronger and harder to defeat. Over time, the first two fighters will seem like boisterous baby towns and you can even score a TKO (three knockouts in one round) or even a KO (knockout). The next line of fighters won’t go down so easily. Not only are you tired, but also rested and stronger than the previous ones.
Going through each fighter takes nearly an hour and will nudge you. If you can do this every day, then you will have excellent stamina. I’ve seen professional fighters and amateurs who refer to Thrill of the Fight as an excellent workout when played that way.
I find that what I enjoy most is combining a lot of the strategies above to get the most out of my workout. I will do the laps longer, sometimes I skip the rest period and try to do 3 laps as quickly as possible. In other cases, I’ll get the fighter to outdo me and try to see if I can win after 12 rounds. There is no limit to how many different ways you can approach the thrill of battle to get more out of your workout. I assure you that in the end you will be tired and sweaty. Feeling like you were just fighting for your life will destroy those calories.
I often have to wring the sweat off my VR cover and my T-shirt at the end of my training session. It feels great and it feels good to see the calorie counter burn between 700 and 800 calories in a 12 round fight.
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