Indoor playground for adults?

  • Being

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    Jun 30, 2014 9:26 AM GMT
    I don't like the gym, because of reasons. I have a concept for a new type of gym that is catered for people like me. I was thinking that indoor playground for adults would probably encourage people to move because it's fun and they're no worries involved. I was thinking that the playground could playground equipment and installations that encourage movement.

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    I like this idea better because it's better than video games.
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    Jun 30, 2014 12:43 PM GMT
    Well bouldering is popular, but I don't think people would want to go to a full on adventure playground more than once as it is a bit infantilising. I would say an indoor assault course would be more popular.
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    Jun 30, 2014 1:01 PM GMT
    I'm all for it.
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    Jun 30, 2014 1:05 PM GMT
    ". I would say an indoor assault course would be more popular.
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    Being, you've got a brilliant concept. Making an un-gym-like experience for challenging the body will have a big appeal---even to those of us who are comfortable in a gym now.

    Ohno, a good idea. Make sure the place doesn't look like it's made for a child's birthday party.

    It sounds like something that will appeal to the CrossFit crowd.
  • MikeW

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    Jun 30, 2014 3:46 PM GMT
    I've thought along these lines, too--a playground for adults. The major problem is, children play because they see other children playing, want to have fun, so they get involved in 'the game' (whatever that might be). Adults are generally more inhibited and need 'a reason' to 'play'. They tend to be more 'goal' oriented--which is why sports are so popular.

    There are, already, for example, indoor climbing schools:

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    Indoor trampoline parks:

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    Indoor freerunning (parkour) courses:

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    Indoor gymnastics courses:

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    Indoor "adventure" parks:

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    And so on…

    So my first question is, what is it you don't like about a Gym, Being? What is it you're looking for but can't find?

    I've been thinking that our technology is at a point now where 'someone' somewhere ought to be able to come up with some kind of technologically advanced 'work out' system that would revolutionize the whole concept of 'resistance training'. For all practical purposes, we're still just 'lifting rocks' (cf. stone "halters" used in ancient Greece).

    I'm imagining 'something' where the whole body, and its various ranges of motion, is dynamically contained. Rather than listening to our favorite tunes on our iPod, we're 'immersed' in a fully virtual experience that challenges us physically based on our fitness goals and our *psychological* profile. No more 'video games' where all we twiddle is our 'joy sticks'; this is a total body, mind, immersive experience. The programming could be anything that would get our hearts pumping, adrenaline rushing, and muscles moving. It could be anything from a more or less 'traditional' workout scheme (resistance [weight], reps/sets/temp) accompanied by whatever 'motivates' us to go beyond our limits; to full-on virtual competitions and battles.

    The system itself will record and monitor our progress toward our fitness goals, advise us what to eat when and make it possible for just about anyone who wants it to get a 'Superbody'.

    I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if some military contractor somewhere is already RnDing something along these lines--although it could be another century before it is available (probably after the digital/neural interfacing gap has been crossed).

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  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 30, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    I'd totally love it. I'd much rather be active than standing around in some bar. Just include ping pong tables, pool tables, phoosball, darts, a squash court, trampolines, oh, and beer.
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    Jun 30, 2014 4:48 PM GMT
    All those pictures above look really fun, but they're only enticing to people who are already active.

    I feel like something simple would be a better fit...something that could go in fast food restaurants alongside the kids' playgrounds...something the parents could do while the kids play, instead of stuffing their faces with more fries...something even people with serious weight and mobility challenges can enjoy.

    So there. Chew on that for a while and see what you can come up with. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Being

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    Jun 30, 2014 8:56 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidAll those pictures above look really fun, but they're only enticing to people who are already active.

    I feel like something simple would be a better fit...something that could go in fast food restaurants alongside the kids' playgrounds...something the parents could do while the kids play, instead of stuffing their faces with more fries...something even people with serious weight and mobility challenges can enjoy.

    So there. Chew on that for a while and see what you can come up with. icon_biggrin.gif



    But i want something that is an alternative to the gym.
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    Jun 30, 2014 9:08 PM GMT
    Being said
    paulflexes saidAll those pictures above look really fun, but they're only enticing to people who are already active.

    I feel like something simple would be a better fit...something that could go in fast food restaurants alongside the kids' playgrounds...something the parents could do while the kids play, instead of stuffing their faces with more fries...something even people with serious weight and mobility challenges can enjoy.

    So there. Chew on that for a while and see what you can come up with. icon_biggrin.gif



    But i want something that is an alternative to the gym.
    Is there anything specific you want?
  • tj85016

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    Jun 30, 2014 10:17 PM GMT
    ^^

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  • Being

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    Jul 01, 2014 1:06 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Being said
    paulflexes saidAll those pictures above look really fun, but they're only enticing to people who are already active.

    I feel like something simple would be a better fit...something that could go in fast food restaurants alongside the kids' playgrounds...something the parents could do while the kids play, instead of stuffing their faces with more fries...something even people with serious weight and mobility challenges can enjoy.

    So there. Chew on that for a while and see what you can come up with. icon_biggrin.gif



    But i want something that is an alternative to the gym.
    Is there anything specific you want?



    I find the equipment kinda of intimidating. I want something that feels more free for a lack of better term.
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    Jul 01, 2014 1:33 AM GMT
    Being said... I find the equipment kinda of intimidating. I want something that feels more free for a lack of better term.
    Like, freeride mountain biking? Now you're talkin'! icon_biggrin.gif

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