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Virtual Active Behind the Scenes - New Zealand and Australia

Posted by Ruben Grijalva on June 07, 2012 (23 Comments)
It's the question we're most often asked: how do you do that? To answer, we've begun documenting our trips, so that you can get a better idea of what these technically and physically demanding productions entail.  We invite you to enjoy our first Behind the Scenes featurette, captured during our recent visit to New Zealand and Sydney, Australia.

Comments (23 Comments)

These are so great. I hope you keep making more of them. I would love some TPC and AT shots if you get a chance. Thanks for these.

Posted by Peter OGrady on November 02, 2018

Wow. I just did the Swiss Alps hike, and I totally thought this was shot with a drone. I was on a mountain goat trail on the side of a cliff, I swear, I had to hold on to my treadmill several times out of instinct not to fall off the cliff. Thanks for going the extra mile to those hard to reach spots, getting your feet wet through the creek, etc.. really very cool…. like I said, I assumed this was shot with a drone!

Posted by Christina Sword on November 02, 2018

Thank you for the beautiful videos!! They really help me get through my 60 min cardio 6 times a week! Look forward to seeing some new ones at my Woodbury Lifetime Fitness.

Posted by rob kallstrom on November 02, 2018

I have ran or walked through all the Lifescape courses available in the treadmills at my workplace gym. Not a big fan of treadmills, but they are a nice option during a New England winter. These courses are a great help in making the time on the treadmill go quicker. Was always so curious how they were filmed. There is so little “jiggle” — I never imagined the camera was strapped to a runner. Thought for sure it was some sort of a drone with a camera! Can new courses be “downloaded” to the treadmills? I’d love it if there were new courses available. Thanks for sharing all your tricks.

Posted by Melody on November 02, 2018

My health club in Concord NH Finally has this on some of their treadmills!! My first experience was at a hotel I was staying at in Portland ME 5 yrs. ago. I LOVE this. I exercise 1/2 hour more every day. I also love getting to know more about our world which they post every few minutes on the screen. This is the best thing anyone has ever thought of doing. I wish I had one for my home!

Posted by Mary Scott on November 02, 2018

I love working out with these videos, but I always find myself gasping “excuse me” and bending my body a bit to squeeze around people in crowded places (the Auckland & Wellington, and the Germany runs have this). I always wonder what the people are thinking.

Posted by Stephen on November 02, 2018

We love the trails as well as you really feel you are there and end up telling people to watch out, feel queasy on some of the cliff edges and get to see spectacular scenery. We also wondered how they made the off-road ones and avoided camera jog. Now we know. We look forward to the new trails as they appear on the machines.

Posted by Paul Bancroft on November 02, 2018

Wow! So that’s how you guys record the runs. Super heavy cams… no wonder… Don’t think a GoPro can do that. Super job!

Posted by Ken on November 02, 2018

A very big thank you to the team for their absolutely wonderful videos. My exercise regime has become so enjoyable visiting places I will never get to, all in 45mins.

Posted by Christine New on November 02, 2018

I try to walk 5 or 6 days weekly at my local Anytime Fitness center. I really enjoy these videos which do a lot to motivate me to continue to walk just to see the entire course. Thanks for this fun video on making them. I sure wondered. :)

Posted by David Cox on March 02, 2016

Just “ran” through the streets of downtown Auckland today – what a treat! The footage is so fantastic that at one point I came to a fork at the top of a hill and the camera took the path to the right — but I could feel myself straining to get a “look” at what was down the other path! :)

Posted by TraceyG on February 02, 2016

What a wonderful and unique motivation to work out! I’m a travel buff, but lack of time and money have limited my ability to go where I’d like. This way, I can go to the gym down the street in Louisiana, head over to New Zealand for an hour’s walk through the glaciers and Blue Pools then head home in time for lunch! No airfare! Excellent workout! Thank you for this opportunity!

Posted by Jennifer Hailes on December 08, 2015

While staying at the Marriott Timber Lodge in Lake Tahoe I discovered the Life Fitness elliptical in their fitness center. I was very surprised to see that I could virtually ‘run’ the trails I have previously hiked in the Sierras many times. My one hour workout went by very fast as I enjoyed the spectacular scenery of Vernal Falls, Glacier Point, the redwoods in Grant’s Grove and Mono Lake. I wish all the resorts we go to and all the cruise ships we cruise on had these.

Posted by David Crissman on September 24, 2015

I just used your Lifescapes courses to workout at the gym in Hawaii. I was really impressed and got a great workout. I then became curious as to how you guys get this footage…what a great job! Thanks again!

Posted by Janet Murphy on August 09, 2015

Fantastic idea,really inspiring.It certainly makes the workout go much quicker and is so much more interesting .I was so intrigued how it was filmed, I had to look it up.Well done good technology today .

Posted by Steve Warren on February 28, 2015

Absolutely astounding videos that so intrigued me as to the “how” I just had to search out the source and the method… Thank you for your ingenuity and your efforts to get this out to the public so we can enjoy the times when we have to run indoors… Mike

Posted by Mike Rollman on January 17, 2015

Thank you to the whole crew at Virtual Active and to the writer of this Virtual Active Behind the Scenes blog site. I’m currently on Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps for over 21 years now and I just came across this Virtual Active on the Treadmill we have at our gyms on base recently. I can’t stop talking about it to my co-workers and wife. The filming is just awesome and makes running a joy. I run about 1000 miles a year and during the winter months I tend to jump on the treadmill a little more. Now I came across this I’ll be exploring more often. It makes me want to start planning my next summer vacation! I would recommend this to everyone to try. I get motion sickness pretty easy and this didn’t even affect me once. Although I did find myself trying to run around people a few times! Keep up the good work.

Posted by Chris Tompkins on December 31, 2014

I absolutely love the videos! They make running much more tolerable. I used to wonder why some of the people in videos would give silly looks and move out of the way: camera is pretty intricately mounted. You must be in great shape. Thank you for your ingenuity.

Posted by Maraea Fluker on July 06, 2014

love love love the product. I’m transported to places I love and would love to visit, all while feeling energized and healthy. Thank you for bringing this to my world.

Posted by teresa on June 26, 2014

How do you describe a company whose products exceed any reasonable expectation? VA has truly exceeded the expectations of myself and my family. The videos are professional, interesting, fun and allow you to feel as if you have been transported to some place around the world.

Johnny, is an outstanding trainer and we have 2 of the 3 series for hiking and running. Johnny has made our efforts to get back into shape and sustain a healthy lifestyle much easier than any other programs we have invested in.

The customer service has been phenomenal to say the least. We will be customers for life and we frequently tell people to go to the website and make a purchase.

Posted by Thomas McGinnis on August 15, 2013

Thank you so much for your ingenious idea and hard work producing your Virtual Active series. I was able to have the inspiration to get back on my bike and ride indoors throughout the winter. Because of your videos I am returning to the healthy person I once was. You’ve change my life and got me out of my rut. Nothing better than being drenched in sweat after each and every ride.
Keep up the great work!!
Thank you!

Posted by C. Brucken on June 25, 2012

Thank you for your work. My time on the treadmill is so much more enjoyable when I watch your videos on my Ipad while walking. Please keep up the good work and continue to take us to places that we can only dream of or see in person during once a year vacations. I feel like I’m on vacations everyday with your videos. Again, thank you!!!!

Posted by T.Krumm on June 13, 2012

What beautiful work you do. It’s amazing. I recently met your work through the blog and website. I’ve bought several movies. I am impressed with the end result you get. It was very good in this latest video blog, which really shows the work and effort needed to produce the videos. I had no idea it was so tiring and laborious. Congratulations on your persistence.
I have particular interest in their commercial productions. But we can talk via email.
Here is my invitation to meet Brazil. Beautiful landscapes. Where I live, near the south of Bahia, existing landscapes that fit precisely into the wonderful work of yours.
My house is available to receive them.


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Posted by Rene Campos on June 08, 2012

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