Since I was rather disappointed with the new Your Shape Fitness Evolved game for the Kinect, I decided to try something new. I’ve always been interested in boxing; my dad won golden gloves boxing in the Navy so it seems to be in my blood. I thoroughly enjoyed the Cardio boxing classes in the original Your Shape game. When UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System was released, I couldn’t wait to try it
I wasn’t disappointed.
UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System provides a grueling workout while teaching MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting techniques. There are a number of ways to train in the game as well, which keeps things interesting. (I haven’t tried all of the premade workouts yet. I have to work my way up to the more advanced techniques. I’ll be updating this article as I try new workouts).
The game also gives you the capability to create your own workouts, which I have found to be extremely helpful. I’ve been able to isolate areas that I really want to work on such as my abs and arms.
I recently purchased the new Your Shape game. I hate to say it but I’m a bit disappointed. There are some great cardio programs on there, and the abs and arms classes are awesome, but the Cardioboxing contains the same classes as the first game.
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 also has warm ups and cool downs now and an option to “run the world.” Run the world is awesome with exception of the fact that since you’re running in place, those with flat feet will inevitably get shin splints.
There is also yoga. Unfortunately there is only one class that is broken up into four selections. Not alot of variety here.
Boot camp is another new feature. It’s actually decent. Lots of cardio and strength training at a very fast pace.
The strength and toning classes however, are not as tough as they were in the first game. This was quite disappointing to me because I really like feeling sore the next day. It makes me feel like I did something. No pain, no gain, right? Many of the toning classes have some of the same exercises as the first game, but fewer reps. To me, this is ridiculous. If you’ve been doing all the reps on the first game for awhile, is lowering the repetition going to build muscle? I think not.
Last but not least, calorie counting. The new game has changed the way it counts calories, or at least it seems that way. For example, the platinum cardioboxing class that I do almost every workout, burns about 150 calories on the original game in a 15 minute time frame. The same class in the new game burns only 60 calories in the same amount of time. If you’re like me and used to burning close to 1,000 calories or more during a workout with the original game, the amount of calories you burn in the new game is VERY discouraging!
All in all, it’s not a terrible game, there are some great classes, but it’s missing some of the good stuff from the first game. Thankfully, I only paid $10 for this game, I definitely don’t think it’s worth the retail price of $50.00. If you can get it cheap, it’s a good add on to the original. If they’re going to charge $50, they should allow you to import classes from the original to the new version. Your score carries over, why not classes?