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It may be generic, but a Kinect workout is also convenient

Just like my inaugural session, my second and third workouts using Ubisoft’s <em>Your Shape Fitness Evolved</em>for Xbox Kinect don’t work me into a sweat like my sessions at the gym,but they do raise my heart rate and get my muscles working.

Just like my inaugural session, my second and third workouts using Ubisoft’s Your Shape Fitness Evolved for Xbox Kinect don’t work me into a sweat like my sessions at the gym, but they do raise my heart rate and get my muscles working.

One main advantage of working out using Ubisoft is I can simply put the baby down for a nap in his cot beside me and I don’t have to call on my mother for babysitting duty.

The programs with the one-on-one virtual trainer fall under three categories: cardio, sculpting and toning. I try each. My favourite are the sculpting sessions, which combine stamina and toning exercises.

The cardio sessions remind me of group box-fit classes I have taken at the gym and involve step-touches, leg curls, dodges, knee lunges and jumping jacks. When I am in sync with the trainer, the voice prompts me to push a little harder and the exercises become slightly more difficult.

One of the toning sessions on offer is called After-Baby Toning, which piques my interest and I try it out, of course. However, I’m slightly disappointed because I wish it would target my abdomen, and instead it works to “re-tone legs after delivery.”

At one point, partway through step-squats, I stop because the baby begins to fuss, yet the virtual trainer continues on, seemingly unaware that I have stopped. “That’s good,” says the voice from the screen even though I’m just sitting on my couch. It’s just a reminder that, however advanced the technology is, it can’t totally replace a real life trainer.

I am by no means a fitness expert or fanatic, but in comparison to my sessions with trainer Nanci S. Guest, Ubisoft’s exercises seem much more basic and somewhat generic, as does the advice like “regular cardio exercise is the best way to burn calories.”

I do like the Zen classes offered, which the virtual trainer recommends taking after a training session to cool down and relax. Combining stretching, yoga and meditation, they would be a great way to unwind every evening if only I had the time.

Next week, I’ll be finishing up with an in-depth comparison of my experiences with a trainer at the gym and a virtual trainer at home.

 
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