Next time anybody tries to tell me video games are bad for me, I’ll be pointing them in the direction of Job Stauffer, who managed to shed 50 pounds with the aid of VR.
Stauffer works at Telltale Games as head of creative communications, and recently Tweeted the awesome news, along with an image of his transformation – check it out:
— Job J Stauffer?️? (@jobjstauffer) February 15, 2017
Speaking to PC Gamer, Stauffer revealed that his weight loss was mostly down to use of the HTC Vive and a VR game called Soundboxing – a kickboxing/rhythm game in which you punch and kick along to the music.
While Stauffer also credits the usual stuff (such as less calories and drinking more water) he did make the bold claim that Soundboxing ‘genuinely saved his life’.
For Stauffer, one of the most off-putting aspects of working out is the fear that one might look a little silly doing it, but he says that when it comes to VR, it’s easier to accept that we all look like tools.
He told PC Gamer:
As a VR enthusiast, kind of helping other people tear down their wall of anxiety and self-consciousness and just say, ‘No, no, no, just put it on and have fun’—I felt like I was able to do that with myself. ‘Just put on the visor, stop worrying about how silly you look, and just come to terms with the fact that it is now 2017 and you have a virtual reality system in your living room that lets you visit far off distant lands and also workout to any music video you’ve ever wanted to. It’s OK, let go of your self-consciousness.
After starting slow, with Soundboxing sessions of around 15-20 minutes, Stauffer has managed to work it up to regular hour long sessions, usually in the morning before work.
In Sounboxing, you can actually load up the song of your choice through YouTube, so for Stauffer, choosing really fast songs for high intensity workouts is his weapon of choice.
you’ll put on a really fast song, and it’s like maybe three minutes 50 seconds or four minutes 15 seconds and it’s really fast paced, lots of notes to hit, lots of movements. And then you have this stoppage where, ‘OK, stop, breathe, take a drink of water, load up the next song.’ It doesn’t happen continuously for 90 minutes … Doing that repeatedly for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, an hour and a half, anything you can do, day or night, to just get your body moving, get your heart rate up and just feel better—it just, it works, and it works for me, and it continues to work. I absolutely love it.
Oh, and if you were wondering, his favourite song to work out to is It’s The End of The World by R.E.M. Solid choice.
Stauffer continues to keep up his new regime, and encourages anyone who can to try out this new approach to exercise. You can read his full interview with PC Gamer here.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.