So, the Xbox One came out last November and since then I have been working hard using its Xbox Fitness. It’s release was great timing for me as I had just got back into using the Xbox 360 Kinect for exercise, so I was more than willing to try working out on the Xbox One.
My first impressions were not positive. I had been using Your Shape Fitness Evolved and was really enjoying the slow pace and logical layout. I knew what I had to do to achieve my goal, which the game even helped me set. However with the Xbox One I was confronted with what seemed like a never ending library of workout DVD’s. I had no clue about which workout would suit me best or how to put together a comprehensive program to achieve my goals. On that first day I tried a free (once I signed up for Xbox live gold) sampler of three different workouts. It was insane, crazy fast paced and overwhelming. I walked away dissatisfied and not sure what my next move would be.
I talked it through with my husband (who loves Xbox) and agreed to give it another shot. He suggested if I actually bought a workout from the Fitness Library maybe that would suit me better. I choose Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 workout which comprises of four weekly workouts that I am pretty sure you are supposed to do everyday. That’s how I interpreted it anyway. So I started with week one. It was difficult and very fast, no time to catch your breath or have a sip of water. Luckily for me, streaming the workout put stress on our internet connection (I am not a technical person and have no real idea why) and my workout cut out many many times allowing me time to breath and drink water and adjust my workout mat etc. I felt great after every workout and now I am hooked. I love Xbox too.
The Xbox One has some awesome features to keep you informed while you are working out. You can see what muscles you are using and adjust your body position to activate the correct ones for the exercise. You get points if you are doing it right and there is an easy version for those of us just starting out. The Xbox One even measures your heart rate every now and again. I think it needs you to be still for this to happen cause it only takes my heart rate while I am stretching at the end or when I am holding a position.
My biggest frustration came in week two of using it. It kept telling me I didn’t have enough bandwidth (what?) so I kept telling it to retry ( I am very stubborn). Eventually I struggled my way through the workout and our whole family decided to go offline whenever I did a workout to see if that helped (It didn’t). Week two was my favorite work out but connection problems spoilt it. Since then this problem seems to have solved itself and it is very rare for me to have connection problems. I kind of miss it as now I have to do the whole workout in one hit without any water or breathing breaks. Luckily I am fitter now and no longer need them. I tried to me zen about it as Xbox One is very new and there were bound to be teething problems.
So now I have completed the whole four weeks of ripped in 30. I am pleased with the results and can honestly say I am more ripped then I was before. Now I am going back through all the workouts to finish all the achievements. I think that speaks volumes for how much I enjoyed Jillian’s workouts. However for a person motivated by points and achievement like me, the most evil part of the Xbox One is when you are working very hard doing the exact right thing and it doesn’t recognise it (this happens once or twice every couple of workouts). The Xbox can see you and you can see the Xbox seeing you but no points. I am really into the points and achievements part of the game so no points is horrible, especially since I know I am doing it well. That is when I pull out my strong language. I try and be cool about it and tell myself that my body is not fooled. It knows I did the exercise so who cares what the Xbox One thinks, but I really like getting high scores and acing workouts.
In summary. I found Xbox One Fitness really hard to break into, too much choice and no way for me, a beginner, to make informed choices about what workout to do. I took a gamble on Jillian based on the fact I had seen her on TV and it paid off. I love my Jillian work outs. The Xbox itself is awesome and I love the little extras like heart rate monitor, but they are in no way perfect and watch out if your floor is not perfectly level as this will cause you problems. I also wish you could just download the workouts instead of streaming them but like I said before all the connection issues seem to of disappeared so I am going to try to forgive and forget. All in all, I am very happy with Xbox fitness and will keep using it daily for a long time to come. I am glad I stuck with it through the early frustrations as it was completely worth it.