Welcome to another installment of Weight Loss Wednesday!
This week I will not only update my progress, but I have my review of The Biggest Loser Kinect game.
I have been using this game exclusively for my weight loss since right after Christmas. You have the option to work out with either Bob, Jillian or either. You have the option of 10 different programs (I’m doing Super Weight Loss) and length of program. It has a body analyzer that uses the Kinect technology to analyze your body. I like the concept of this, but it tried to tell me that I was only 4’11″. I may be shrinking due to my scoliosis, but I am still over 5 feet tall thankyouverymuch.
If you are on the program version, you do have to go through weekly weigh ins. It relies on you to tell the truth (and it obviously only hurts you if you don’t do this) and it tells you if you are the Biggest Loser for the week.
Each day, you check in and then start your workout. When selecting, you have the option to change the workout it has selected for you for the day. There are regular water breaks during the workouts, perfect for catching your breath so you don’t puke. After each workout, you earn points and a ranking between 1-5 for your effort. As you will see when I do the pros and cons, there are pluses and minuses to this system.
If you don’t want to do the program, you can just chose to do a random workout. I have done the box-fit and yoga so far. Loved the box-fit. Hated the yoga.
There is a Health and Lifestyle area, which offers recipes and healthy lifestyle tips. I haven’t checked out the recipes due to my food allergies, but I have done several of the lifestyle tasks. They are helpful, small ways to make a difference in your everyday healty life.
For those of you who are competitive, you can also participate in challenges. My husband and I have both tried several different ones and I have had trouble with them. I think I may be too short for it to read all my actions (as you will soon see).
If you like The Biggest Loser show, you will like the workout. There is a good mix of tips (that quickly repeat), plus you can be encourages and yelled at by Bob and Jillian, which as fans of the show, we all secretly want.
What makes this game fun: Cussing at the game. I’m not even kidding here. Here’s what a typical workout sounds like in my house (and please note, my kids are banned from the living room when mommy is working out):
Bob: “It doesn’t look like you are lifting your leg very far on this exercise.”
Me: “Yes I am Bob. I’m 5’2″ and if I lift it any higher, I will dislocate it.”
Bob: “I think you can do better on this one.”
Me: “$%&# you Bob.”
And so on.
- Variety of workouts
- Competition in the challenges, plus online with Xbox Live, if you choose
- Tracking and weekly weigh-ins
- No equipment needed
- If you have equipment, it will include it (it works with a balance ball, weights and resistance bands)
- It is an excellent workout. There have been several times where I thought I was going to puke. There were also times I couldn’t sit down right.
- Variety of fitness levels
- You can’t take into account injuries. I have bad knees and there are a ton of lunges, so my knees have been killing me.
- The character goes by your weight, which means mine looks like a troll.
- It doesn’t always read all of my movements, so the calorie counts are off.
- It doesn’t always read all of my movements, so my reps are off.
- It doesn’t always read all of my movements, so I get chastised by the trainers when I shouldn’t.
- It doesn’t always read all of my movements, which means I’m really short.
- Sometimes the sayings are off, so it will ask you if your arms are getting tired, when all you are doing is stretching.
Overall, this is a GREAT game to do workouts to. My husband, who is at a higher fitness level than I am, got severely winded doing a workout. I have had a blast doing these workouts and I can’t wait to see what the results are.
Here’s the question: do you work out to video games? What have your results been? As always, leave it in the comments!