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Great fitness program
on July 2, 2011
Just FYI Best Buy is currently giving away UFC Undisputed 2010 free when you buy UFC Personal Trainer. I took advantage of that deal.
I wouldn't call UFC Personal Trainer a game. It's a fitness system. This is not a gimmick to get MMA fans to open their wallets. The program was developed and certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine based on MMA training techniques. I started the 30 day strength training program and had an excellent workout. I'm a sergeant in the USMC and I've had numerous physical training sessions. The exercises I performed in UFC Trainer were very familiar as they are the same basic exercises Marines use to stay in shape. Pushups, squats, and lunges are proven and tested exercises. If you are already fit I would suggest picking up some light weight dumbbells for the standing upper body workouts such as upright rows and the Arnold press.
The program features various modes to help you get in shape. "Workout mode" has several pre-made routines for you to choose from. Each routine has a short description including what areas it will improve and estimated number of calories burned. You can also make your own workout routine. There is also a "quick workout" mode which I have not tried but the instruction manual implies you pick a target goal and quick workout automatically starts up a workout to improve that area. "Programs" are really where I think this game shines. Here you pick a workout program with a specific goal such as strength, cutting weight, and cardio. The program is for a specific duration as well such as 30 or 60 days.
The "Activities" are simply fun UFC inspired mini-games for you to play. The speed bag is about timing and rhythm, the tire flip is basically a squat where you explode upwards from the squat position, you can hit the mitts and freestyle on the heavy bag as well.
There are systems in place to help track your progress as well. You input your age, height, and weight and your BMR can be calculated. There are graphs to track your progress by calories burned, weight lost, muscle's exercised, etc. You can even take pictures of yourself to keep track of your body's fitness transformation. Consistently doing the workout programs unlocks rewards and achievements such as doing 100 upper body workouts.
If you are under the impression that this game will make you into a fighter, you will be disappointed. If you want to be a fighter you need to find a martial arts gym with a focus on both ground work and stand-up. What this game will do for you, is provide you with a fun and motivating way to transform your body. If you do these exercises and have a consistent routine I'm fully confident you will get in better shape.
Note: I didn't have any problem with the game freezing but some of the other reviews have indicated that the problem was already fixed.
For some of those still having issues:
I've noticed a few things in the past week since I bought the game. First it is extremely important that your entire body appears green within the octagon in the corner. If you get in plan position to do push-ups and your face is yellow or red, you are too close to the sensor. Floor exercises seem to be giving people the most trouble. I suggest you make sure your kinect is calibrated properly and give yourself enough room.
Secondly, timing is important when doing the exercises. You have to wait for the green arrow to at least begin to appear before changing position. There is also an audible bleep sound that helps you with the timing. For example When doing push-ups go down, hear the bleep, and then go up. You will then hear another bleep you can go back down. If you do them too fast or out of rhythm the exercise will not register. It actually helps you develop proper form and rhythm. Exercises like push-ups should be done in a steady controlled manner to get the most out of them.