I’ve found another fun way to exercise, and so far I’ve been excited to dig into it every day. It only works for those that have an Oculus Quest (or Quest 2) VR headset, but it’s pretty neat. It’s called Supernatural — here is their promo video:
The big downside to it, of course, is that you need a VR headset. The Oculus Quest 2 is down to $299, which is quite a good deal, but still a decent chunk of change. As time marches on, though, these devices will continue to get better and cheaper.
As for Supernatural itself, it’s a rather intense game. It shares some basic core ideas with Beat Saber by having you hit objects that fly by, but does a few things differently.
First, it goes well beyond just swinging and hitting objects, though that’s certainly the main focus. There are a lot of squats in each workout, and they turn the scene in different directions to keep things moving.
More importantly, the objects you hit are intended to make you move in larger motions with your full arm, whereas Beat Saber lends itself to more “flicking” at objects as they pass by. After 20 minutes, it makes a big difference!
The music in the game is extraordinary and extensive. I’ve seen a lot of great songs already, and this list shows well over 300 in total, with more being added all the time. They add a new workout every day, which consists of 2-5 songs (depending on total workout duration). I suspect most of those daily workouts use songs already in their system, but it helps keep things fresh.
This could be the downfall. I’m in the middle of my 30 day trial, but after that it’s $19/mo. That’s not an awful price compared to other home workout apps like Peloton or Mirror, but it’s not insignificant.
As of now, I still feel kind of like the woman in the video above — I really look forward to traveling to crazy places and working up a sweat. We’ll see if that feeling keeps up after a few more weeks.
If you have an Oculus Quest, I certainly encourage you to give Supernatural a look. If you need an excuse to get a Quest, this could be a good one to use!