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As a new mum, i was looking for a way to get back into shape that would fit around my new baby.
This game sounded perfect as it claimed to help you to get fit and aid weight loss from the comfort of your own home. It even has a special program aimed specifically at those wanting to lose their baby weight.
I bought the game online and awaited its arrival excitedly.
I wasn't disappointed. The first day i played, i burnt over 100 calories and i really felt it the next morning; my muscles were killing me!!! At least it showed i had done some good! The game shows you how many calories you burn in each session and gives you goals to work towards giving you a feeling of achievement when you reach the target. However, you are totally free to go at your own pace and it is totally up to you how much or little you do each time with workouts ranging from 3mins to 20mins. You are also able to combine workouts with gym classes such as boxing and zen yoga which i find is good to cool down with.
I play the game 2 or 3 times a week and after 2 months i am still enjoying it. It is hard to get bored of it as there are so many different activities for you to try, with more available to purchase online if you wish.
I have noticed a massive difference to my fitness and the weight is also slowly coming off.
All in all, this game provides great value for money for those that can't afford to go to expensive gyms or for those that simply don't have time.
Fitness evolved is a game, its an exercise dvd........and it is great fun! The game is able to scan and track over 1 million points on your body meaning full player involvement in the game. It allows you to set and follow a personalised training programme aimed at working on your personal targets.
The gameplay is great. There is no lag and you are in complete control, able to watch yourself as you play. The fitness side of the game has a wide range of activities, however, you are required to start each one at a beginner level which isn't great for someone who already has a good fitness level. In addition to this, for certain routines you have to follow a tutorial for each new move which can be really quite boringand time consuming but you only have to do the tutorial the once.
The menu's are a little bit confusing and I have not yet figured out how to do a repeat of your body scan to chack for progress and the instruction manual isn't very helpful on that front.
With all this in mind, though, the game itself is brilliant. It tracks the calories burned and there is a huge range of games to choose from. Break a sweat...fantastic routine! Great workout and a total killer! The hula hoop games is great enteratinment and excellent to play with a group (especially following a few glasses of wine!).
Fancy your own personal trainer on call? Any time, any place, anywhere?
Well, maybe not quite anywhere, but any room in the house that leaves you free to swing your arms six foot in all directions in front of your telly. This is the answer.
I am not a gamer and only came to this by accident. I knew my son had the XBox 360 and had mentioned wanting to do some stretching or yoga to compliment his football training, so I bought it for him for Christmas.
Thankfully he was honest enough to admit he wouldn't use it and I arranged an alternative gift.
As I had lost my receipt and could see nothing to spend my credit note on, I opted to upgrade to the combined Xbox and Kinect. The Adventure games that came with the package was fun but not really what I wanted for a fitness programme!
So I shelled out some more, £34.99, for the Your Shape. I justified this spend by comparing it with my £7:00 per week Yoga class.
XBox360+Kinect+Your Shape cost me £285 in total.
My weekly Yoga class at £7 per week is £364.
Given that I can access a Gym Trainer, a Zen Thai Chi trainer and a Personal Trainer as often as I want through Kinect, there is no contest.
I have been using the Personal Trainer for two weeks now and I'm finding I really miss it when I can't get in my target of one hour per day.
The HUGE difference between Kinect and any fitness DVD is the immediate feedback. The Kinect sensor reads your movements and tracks if e.g. you are keeping your back straight, or your lunges are low enough. If you perform the move as it should be, in time with your on screen trainer then a little green light comes on against that goal.
At the end of the session you may hear, 'Well done' and then feedback on how many calories you have burned or you may, like me hear 'That's not quite right, let's try that again'
Believe me, it is very motivating. I was so pleased when I performed the Zen sequence well enough to unlock the next levels up.
There are so many ways you can use this, it is easy to mix and match exercises, set yourself targets and get constant feedback.
I think this is a great way to get fit or improve fitness and flexibility. I love to walk outdoors but when it is pouring down outside it is great to have the option of doing a little extra on my Kinect programme.
A worthwhile investment in my opinion.
I have built up quite a collection of games for my Xbox Kinect now, and one of those games I have is Your Shape: Fitness Evolved.
Some of you may have played earlier games from the Your Fitness series on the Wii, and if you have you will be somewhat familiar with how this one works. It has the same basic fundamentals as the Wii versions, but obviously things have been added which are only available on the Kinect version.
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved is the Xbox's answer to Wii fit, except you do not need controllers or balance boards in order to play it, just the Kinect Sensor and a 360. I was quite excited to get this game as I am looking to increase my fitness and I do not want to be paying a fortune for gym memberships, so this seemed the perfect alternative.
If you are playing this for the first time on your console, you will need to download an update to be able to play it. I am not sure if this is an option for those who have not connected their console to the internet, it may be stored on the disc itself but I am not sure. This only takes a couple of minutes to do and then you are away.
You sign into the game on your Kinect using your gamer tag, and when you first play, the game will ask you to set up a profile that you will use each time you play. This basically consists of the game "scannning" you and checking your size and height, which will be displayed on the screen as you. The sensor basically portrays your image onto the screen, so you can see exactly how your body is moving through each move and game. It will ask you for your age and weight, which is pretty simple to input just using your hands. No controllers needed!
Once this is set up, you are given the options of what to play. There are gym games, which are just small games you can play which will give you a small aerobic workout on each one. These include box smashing, hoola hooping and step following. The box smashing is just punching in time across your body to smash boxes, and you have to smash as many as you can within the time limit. Hoola hooping is pretty self explanatory, and step following is sort of like the original Dance Dance Revolution games, you have to follow a set of lights with your feet in time with the music.
These games are pretty simple to play, and they come in different difficulty settings, so you can progress up through the levels or you can start higher up if you are more into working out. The games will require a little bit of effort, it is a workout game after all, but I do not think that they are difficult or too tiring to play.
There is also classes and workout modes where you can follow your "trainer" in a set of aerobic moves, or in yoga and pilates. The moves are pretty simple to follow, and you can also select what level you wish to work on, so you will never be out of your depth. The game works on you doing the move correctly, and in time with the trainer. This can take some time to get used to, especially as I have a major problem with rythm and it took me a little bit of time to get the timing right, most people shouldn't have a problem with this though. The moves for the aerobic style include things like Lunges, Squats, Side Steps etc. Pilates and Yoga have the usual moves and poses from these styles of workout, which I found to be good, but not being someone who has done either workout before it took me a little while to learn how to do it correctly.
There is a voice which talks you through what you need to do, as well as the visual aid of your trainer who is on the screen next to you. The game also shows you how many calories you burn with each game or exersice and how long you have been playing. You have goals set by the game on how many calories to burn and how long to play for, which I think is a great way of motivating you, and it is always good to see how your progress is coming along. It is nice for me to see what my hardwork is coming too, as I find it can be all to easy to get bored quickly when you are not seeing things move along quickly.
I find the game does give me a proper workout each time I play, and I am quite happy with the way it works. I think the graphics on the game are quite good, simple and basic but they work well and they look contemporary and stylish at the same time. The colours are mostly white and orange, with a few colours occasionally thrown in. I find this quite refreshing from the usual bright colours of things like Kinect Sports and Wii Fit, and it serves as less of a distraction from the actual game at hand.
If you are looking to get a good workout and have fun at the same time, then I totally recommend Your Shape: Fitness Evolved as it is a game that does exactly what you expect it to. It costs around £35 - £40 depending on where you are buying it from, which does seem a little expensive but if you use it regularly, it is far cheaper than a gym membership for a year. I bought mine from Amazon but you can also get this game in places like Game, Gamestation, Currys, HMV etc. I have found the best price so far to be on Amazon, but if you look around it may be on a good deal elsewhere.
You can not play this game without the Kinect Sensor, which is available at around £130 (comes with a game!) and is a great investment I think. I give this game a 5 out of 5 stars, and I hope that it works as well for you as it does for me and my partner.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
There have been fitness DVDs for years, helping people to lose weight, tone up and improve co-ordination in the comfort of their own home. Then, there have been fitness games for consoles in the past - ones that have relied on you being honest, knowing what you're doing, and doing the right exercises without advanced feedback. Wii games trust you to be working hard when all they can read is the Wii remote in your hand, DS games require you to be honest about the steps you've done in a day, or how many truly effective sit-ups you've done. Kinect breaks all those boundaries, all of those limitations, and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved is the result.
From the moment I switched on the 'game', I could tell it was more serious about what it offered. A bit of background to me, first. I'm obese. I have been for quite some time, but I'm currently thirty-seven days into a new, healthier lifestyle. Each evening, I've been spending an hour on the cross-trainer, burning upwards of 600 calories and exhausting myself. My weight loss is going well, I'm eating healthy, and I thought I'd found the one type of exercise I really enjoyed doing that could truly benefit me. For toning, I've been using a Flabelos machine at a local salon, paying £15 a month for the privilege.
Your Shape introduced itself to me, then made me stand around whilst it took my measurements. Afterwards, I underwent a basic fitness test, told it about my weight, and went through a short process of telling it what my goals were (to lose weight and look better physically). There were plenty of options, from 'I want to be able to walk up the stairs without getting breathless', to goals for the far more active. My fitness test gave me results that I expected - it considered me 'trained' in cardio exercises (I'd have hoped so, the amount of time I spend on that cross-trainer), but told me I was a beginner in toning (no kidding!). Then, it created me a personal, tailored workout with approximately 20 exercise programmes to choose from and to complete at my level, to help with my goals. Great.
Your Shape offers three main features.
Personal Training - The personal programme of exercise classes you receive to help you meet your own goals at your own level.
Gym Classes - Zen classes to improve relaxation and co-ordination, and cardio boxing classes. These come in 'easy', 'medium' and 'hard', and are the same for everyone, unlocked one by one.
Games - fun exercises that burn under 10 calories at a time for the most part, including brick-smashing games, balancing games and stepping games.
I got started straight away, opting for a toning class since that was my weak spot. By the end, I was exhausted and my muscles were really feeling the exercise. Still, I was convinced that I could burn 600 calories to make up what I usually burn on the cross-trainer, so I carried on. After a few more fitness classes, some gym classes and a few games, I'd burned 235 and had to give up. My whole body felt exhausted, both on a cardio and a muscle basis, and I knew the game had worked incredibly.
How? Because it maps points all over your body. You're given explanations of how to do the gym moves required of you, (e.g. squats), and being so well mapped it knows when you're not doing them quite right. If you're out of pace, it knows. If your legs aren't quite far enough apart, it knows. If your squats aren't quite low enough, it knows. As long as you don't ignore what the game's telling you, you'll find yourself receiving a great workout, even if, like me, you don't have great co-ordination to start with.
I've chosen Your Shape over my cross-trainer, now. I burn a third of the calories when I exercise with your shape, but the lasting aches and pains in my body, and the way it gets my heart racing and truly leaves me exhausted, will easily outweigh that piece of gym equipment that I thought would be a lifetime staple. The toning classes have also ensured that I'll be letting my Flabelos membership run out, and not renewing.
This game? It works.