Since we’ve had the kinect at Flush the Fashion, we’ve tried several fitness and workout video games with varying degrees of success. The latest one to arrive is UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System
UFC stands for Ultimate Fighting Championship an American mixed martial arts sport that makes WWF wrestling look like an episode of ‘In the Night Garden’.
Not for the faint-hearted, this is hardcore fitness, so if your idea of excerise is ripping the top of a packet of crisps you are probably going to struggle getting to grips with this game.
But.. if you are serious about getting into shape the game is definitely a more ‘manly’ alternative than Zumba fitness and gets the balance between encouragement and bullying just right. Endorsed and produced in association with UFC, it combines tough workout routines with fun side games and modes to challenge your friends and online opponents.
It’s difficulty curve has been well thought out and there are over 70 different exercises, all designed by The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), in conjunction with Greg Jackson, Mark DellaGrotte, and Javier Mendez, three leading MMA experts.
With the games help you can customise and develop your own fitness workout to suit your own level of ability. You can also use a calendar to monitor your progress and allow the game to offer suggestions to improve your regime.
The Kinect functions work well, kicking and punching the bags are immensely satisfying, and it’s easy to build up a good sweat while still having fun with it. One thing.. I did notice after a hard work out I could cheat it by doing do ‘fake’ press ups (I know, I’m only cheating myself!).
Ultimately it comes down to motivation, if you are looking for a video game to help you improve your fitness, this one will do that in abundance and has enough to offer to become a long term companion in your goals.