Running for fitness is now the most popular form of exercise, with good reason. Your run lets you enjoy the sights and get your workout at the same time. That works well in good weather – but what about those nasty icy days?
No problem, you say – just head to the gym and get on the treadmill. The trouble with the treadmill is that the view can be just a bit dull. Wouldn’t it be great to have some lovely scenery to watch rather than just whatever is on TV?
Great news- that wish has come true! The virtual reality running machine is no longer science fiction!
The Zone Dome takes your treadmill experience to a whole new dimension. Using a large Imax-style screen, you are transported to an ever-growing variety of places for your run. The scenery moves at your running speed, and the choices vary from iconic Monument Valley to a gravel road beside an improbably blue New Zealand Lake.
The Zone Dome can be programmed to match what is happening on the treadmill. The display shows your speed and distance to go – it’s more real than reality!
Yes! The system provides you with a choice of running venues accessible at the touch of the controls. The wrap-round screen effect makes it all very realistic. The manufacturers are working on adding more scenery films, so there should always be a new option to try.
Gym owners have always known that treadmill users don’t want to be staring at a blank wall, but the usual option of a TV screen doesn’t always deliver. Here’s where the Zone Dome really comes into its own – no more daytime TV or endless soaps!
The Zone Dome is quite a talking point among fitness reviewers, with feedback being very favourable.
Londoners can find zone domes at venues such as Fitspace Islington, and the equipment is available in other venues around the UK.
More Zone Domes are appearing, so keep an eye out at your local gyms. Book your gym pass for a chance to run the world, without ever leaving your locality.
WOw - never heard of this before but I would LOVE to go to a gym where they had this. Can we have listings please!
This sounds amazing. C'mon Apple - design an app so we can do it at home too!
I like Matthew's idea - I'd love one of these at home, it'd save me going out for a run on rainy days.
Wow - this sounds amazing, though expensive. My bet is that it will be available in our front rooms in the not too distant future too.
ah, but the great outdoors is sometimes wet, cold and nasty! All for it on nice days but on grey days, this would be a great mood-booster.
This does sound like a nice idea, especially if you choose a scene which you couldn't otherwise enjoy but it kind of seems to promote giving up the treadmill altogether and enjoying a run in the great outdoors!