Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nike+ Kinect Training - Getting this gamer moving!

I've been using Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 for about a month and am already seeing and feeling the results so I thought I'd work in another fitness title for variety.  Most reviews of Nike+ Kinect Training were glowing and it was at an all-time low of $12 on Amazon, so I put it in my digital cart.  It arrived this morning and since I hadn't done my daily workout yet, I figured I'd try it out immediately!

I put my running shoes on and fired up the ol' 360.  Nike+ had a small update but as soon as I was able to get in, there was a short commercial of sorts about what this "game" could do and then I was prompted to link to my Nike+ account.  I already have one that I use with my Nike+ Running app on my iPhone, but if you don't have one, you can create one in-game.  Then I was asked to choose a goal: Strength, Tone, or Weight loss and then I was ushered into a fitness diagnostic session that would determine my fitness level and athleticism, and would pinpoint areas I struggled with so that a workout plan could be tailored to what I needed and the goal I had set.

A moment of embarrassing honesty:
I am not in good shape.  I used to be quite an athlete, but because of some personal problems, I have really put on some weight and lost a lot of muscle tone that I used to take for granted.  I've really started working on this in earnest over the past month and have already seen progress. 

So I shared that with you to preface this:
There were even some diagnostic moves that I could not do.  Thankfully, after a few seconds of my inability to do a rep, a counter came up that said I had X-number of seconds to do a rep or the move would be skipped. Hallelujah! Because this tubby lady was struggling to do a frikin' plank pushup.  I'm hoping the workout program avoids floor exercises...at least for a while.  I'm totally allergic to the floor.  I think it's made of Krypton.

I was pleased to see that this exercise game uses voice commands so I can say, "I'm Done" when I want to quit or skip a move.  I haven't learned anymore commands yet, but I'm sure that one will be handy.

It took me about 20 minutes to complete the diagnostic, but I think it'd be shorter for someone who is in better shape than me.  I was surprised at the end of the diagnostic when it determined that I am more athletic than most women in my age range who have taken the test.  I was much lower in fitness though, but duh, that's why I got the game, right?!

It helped me setup a workout calendar and let me preview what each week would entail.  At the end of four weeks, it will reassess my fitness level, evaluate my progress, and allow me to review my goal for the next four weeks, however the goal can be changed at anytime desired.

I'm cautiously hopeful that this will be do-able and be a good variety in my workout routine.  I'll update you soon with my results.