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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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! :)

Who's that Spartan doing tai chi? It's me! It's me!



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15 Responses to Weight Loss Wednesday – The Biggest Loser Kinect Review

  1. Hi Alana,

    Still chuckling about your troll comment and about wanting to puke! I've not tried the Biggest Loser game but have been doing the Kinect Your Shape programme for about 3-4 weeks so I can sympathise with the puke and troll comment! My main problem is my toddler running in front of the sensor and turning my avatar into a midget for a few seconds!

    Your Shape has short personal trainer workouts but the Biggest Loser sounds as though it has more variety. I'd still love to find time to go to a real class, but the Kinect workout is a convenient substitute.

    Good Luck with the weight loss!

  2. Mommie Kate says:

    Thanks for the review. I was wondering about that game. I think we have our Kinect sensor too low- it chops off the top of my head. Keep up the good work! I'll be linking to your site it today's post.

  3. Lydia says:

    Thank you for the review!! I think it is consistently 3 inches off! It put me at 5’3 when I’m 5’6. The buttons are so tiny and it is hard to put weight in….especially when it has to keep going up and up! I hope that the month or less that you have been doing it has worked out for you! I’m just starting with this and the Zumba!

    • Alana Morales, Domestically Challenged says:

      Well, that makes me feel better if you are also being misread and you are taller than me! :) Glad you liked the review!

  4. @homemom3 says:

    hehe love you and Bob talk, I get that way just listening to the dvds. I don't have the game yet but after reading about it here and a few other places I really wish I did. It'd be really neat if it connected with others that played the game (kind of like virtual game) for the weekly "biggest loser bits." I have bad knees too, should've had surgery a few years ago but opted out. I have hard times on those lunches or the get on your knee ones in the dvd. You'll hear me crack, snap and pop throughout all of it after I try just one. eek Sounds like you have a good program and a fun way to lose weight. Keep it up. :)

  5. Sweeetdeb says:

    Do you know how to change the days of the week to workout? (Not the # of days) I want to workout on Mon- Sat.

  6. Michele says:

    We've recently bought the Kinect, Biggest Loser, and Zumba in February. Why does it make you shorter than usual?? I don't understand that one either. I'm 5'4", and it says I'm 5'1". I laughed when Jillian said "Let me guess, you can't breath, you're dying, waa waa waa (mock crying)"! I love the water breaks. But what I don't like too much is that it gives you an opportunity to add additional workouts from other sources, but it still says that you DIDN'T workout at all. We like to switch out every other day with Zumba for the Kinect, and we sweat our bums off, so I want it to count!.
    But I do like the workouts; even though I feel like I'm dying at some parts.

  7. Stacey says:

    I started using this game last week and I absolutely love it! I am doing the 12 week weight loss program and I just feel great every time I do the workout! My favorite is the yoga routines :) I will let u know my progress soon!

  8. Madeleine says:

    Hi I have the Biggest Loser game and somehow built my profile without doing the fitness test and body analyzer. Do you know how to get back to that. I am kinetic ally challenged! Thanks

    • alanamorales says:

      Thanks for the comment! I'm not sure exactly how to do it, but I know you can get back to the body comp stuff – it's in the main menu area. Hope you like it!!

  9. @GreenburgA says:

    Hello!!! My Husband and I just began doing the Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout, we are only about day 5 in. Working out about 5 times in a week! We LOVE it, I am hoping for some serious results. I have to say your conversation with Bob, sounds on awful lot like mine!

  10. Jennifer says:

    I died laughing reading your conversation with Bob…sounded a lot like mine tonite too!! And of course I kicked the kids out of the living room as well…no watching and laughing at mommy!! (My oldest kept trying to peek in and laugh at me) LOL I wanna know if anyone is actually losing weight???

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