One of my top 3 PSVR workout games is BoxVR. Overall I would say that BoxVR gives me the highest rate of calories burned compared to other VR games. It is important however to give it your all for the best possible results. I tested the in-game calorie counter, and hard hits make a big difference in calories burned. In fact, it showed that I burned double the calories in a 10 minute session of full swings vs a 10 minute session of minimal effort. So it is nice to know that the counter takes into account the force of your swings and isn’t just a set calories/punches ratio.
Most times, I also wear my Apple Watch during my VR workouts. I like to compare the calories burned from my watch with the results from BoxVR’s calorie counter. I have gotten varying results, but part of that depends on what workout setting my watch is on. When I select the ‘Boxing’ setting as the workout, the calorie reading tends to be lower. When I select the ‘Other’ setting, the calorie reading is higher, and more in line with the game’s counter.
I believe the in-game counter runs a little high, but it is still a great tool for those without a fitness tracker. For my own records, I usually count the lower ‘boxing’ reading. I am fairly sure it is the most accurate reading as well. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a great result. Typically, I average 8-9 calories burned per minute with via this setting with BoxVR. This is equivalent to bicycling or aerobic dance!
With my watch, I am also able to track my average heart rate during my workouts. With BoxVR, my average heart rate is between 140-145, which is right in my fat burning zone! I have only owned BoxVR for about a month at this point, but I look forward to tracking longer workouts as well. I have only done 30-40 minute workouts so far, and even those really get me sweating!
In a 30 minute workout, I average around 260-270 active calories burned. I love the flexibility of doing these workouts from home and getting such good results. In time, I hope to post the results and readings from others as well! Comment below and tell me how many calories you’ve burned using BoxVR!