I’ve been neglecting the “martial arts” part of the site in favor for the arts and crafts. There’s more to blog about with knitting (and better photos!) but I have been doing my best to keep my ninja¹ skills sharp. For Christmas, the Sargent gave me UFC Personal Trainer for the XboX. (Note: This was in my stocking along with a pound of chocolates. I told him that it was quite the mixed message he was sending. His thought was that I could use the chocolates as a reward.)
I started on one of their built in 30 day programs and I just finished one of them. There are three types of programs: weight loss, endurance and strength. I finished their 30 day cut weight program and while the scale hasn’t budged (which is fine) my speed and endurance has gone through the roof. The work outs were mostly cardio based like jumping jacks, cardio kickboxing, and a ton of crunches.
Last week I started on the 30 day endurance challenge and it has been more intense than the cardio program. I like that the system knows that I’ve been working out now so the work outs are a little harder and a little longer. This program has me lifting weights more often and doing things like tire flips, squat and holds, and lunges.
Some pros. I like that the routines vary day by day, they did a good job of mixing things up. That’s something that leaves me really bored with work out DVDs. What has kept me motivated is seeing the different achievements I’ve earned. It’s so silly but I’m really proud of the fact that I’ve worked out in game for 5 hours. I also really enjoy unlocking the quick mini games.
The cons I have with the game are because I’m working out using the Kinect and not a person. While it does do a good job of monitoring my form, especially when lifting weights, it won’t adjust the work out if you fee like your shoulder is hurting a bit too much. The other is that sometimes, particularly when I’m doing push ups, the Kinect loses sight of me so the game is paused.
I think this has been one of the best fitness purchases I’ve made in a while. If you have back/shoulder/knee problems I would not recommend this. The work outs really focus on presses, squats and lunges. I don’t have any problems like that so it’s been fine for me. This isn’t the same as working out in a real MMA gym but in the mean time, it’s fine. I’ve seen fast results in my strength and over all ability which has made it worth ever dollar husband spent on it.