You’re carrying critical intelligence that’ll help you keep your edge on the competition.
You step through an unmarked door into a hidden courtyard. You use a thumbprint scanner to access what’s beyond.
And then... you can finally start your workout.
Introducing Alpha Venice, a futuristic little gym that uses your iPad, some video touchscreens and virtual trainers to help get you buff, now soft-open.
Once inside, you’ll see what looks like a design-y garage that somebody turned into a rec room—couches, rolling silver doors and bookshelves made from old crates. But past all that, well, this place is like a gym from 2042.
Start at the apparatus that looks sort of like monkey bars with a bunch of cables hanging off. You can work out the old-fashioned way (with a flesh-and-blood trainer). Or you can plug your iPad into the nearby video screen, and your virtual trainer will put you through your paces.
You could also use it to tackle a Training Club workout—it’s a combination of weights, cardio and medicine balls—and once you log 3,000 minutes, a new workout will be unlocked. (The owner’s in cahoots with Nike, which brings the app technology.)
But they’ve also got a yoga studio and some classes for surfers—think core work for balance, and stretching to open your back and help you carve turns.
There’s still surfing in the future.