New LA exercise craze: Clown Cardio

I wonder if there’s an exercise benefit to strapping on a VR headset, and scaring the bejesus out of you with your worst fears? (e.g., spiders, Jehovah’s witnesses, etc.) That should get your heart pumping.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/11/style/clown-cardio-exercise-class.html

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Ha! I wonder how long this would work? Maybe after a month you get used to the spiders and when they jump up in front of you, your heart rate barely moves.

(also sudden spikes in heart rate for very brief periods likely doesn’t improve fitness without the accompanying increased respiration rate during exercise.)