Get In Shape While Kinect Ogles You With Xbox Fitness
Gaming can get you into shape. Some people sue Wii Fit but most people couldn’t care less about the Wii or Wii U so they use their Xbox coupled with some Kinect games. Our own Caveshen – the man, the legend – lost weight mostly by playing Dane Central 3 and I once burnt a whole lot of calories beating some Kinect units with a hammer. What I’m getting at is that Kinect is a viable means by which to exercise and stay in shape.
Instead of just limiting you to Kinect fitness games and the like, Microsoft is taking this fact to a new level with Xbox Fitness – a new online service for those of you too socially inept for gym and too fearful of rape to go for a jog. the srvice is coming to Xbox One and will comprise an extensive library of interactive programs which utilise the upgraded Kinect sensor.
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It’s quite clever really, the service takes existing fitness videos and makes them interactive. Xbox Fitness features an “extensive” library of interactive programs from fitness routines like P90X and Insanity, as well as Jillian Michaels and Tracy Anderson. It will be free for Xbox Live Gold members till December 2014.
XFitness (I coined that term) will use the impressive capabilities of the new Kinect sensor to determine your heart rate and even which muscles are being engaged in an exercise without ever having you constricted by some sort of attached sensor. The latter is especially useful in telling you whether you are doing an exercise properly or not. The sensor is actually beginning to impress me with the ability to read such information as power, force, and transfer of weight within the body regarding muscle use.
The quality of your workout is also tracked with stats such as balance, tempo, and form.
XFitness will also be able to give you a personalised workout plan based on past workout history and performance as well as the myriad data points it collects on you during each workout. A “variety” of workouts will be available, Microsoft said, ranging from 10 to 60 minutes in length.
Here’s that word again – social. The biggest buzzword for next-gen since “cloud.” You can compete with friends asynchronously or even post your workout results to them and the community in general for others to try and beat.
An Xbox Fitness pass will be included for all Xbox Live Gold members and this runs till the end of 2014 but pricing thereafter was not mentioned.
I think it’s a great concept and an excellent idea which is definitely better than anything you’d get at a gym. Besdies maybe weight training. Unless there’s an exercise where you curl the Xbox One unit itself.
Oh and there’s a video because sports bras and guys with bulging muscles.