Hi guys! I hope you’re having a good Tuesday so far, and if you’re back at work this week like me, easing back into the routine as seamlessly as possible. 🙂
I’ve completed two days of the Intermediate Training plan by Hal Higdon for my half marathon, but yesterday was just stretch and strengthen. I ended up doing Level One of The Shred and wore my HRM for the first time doing that. I was so curious to see how many calories I would burn during the first level, and it actually was the first time I’ve ever followed along completely (ie not wimped out during the second 30 second set of pushups).
Not so bad! I kept it going during the warmup and cool down phases, and its good to know that I can burn 200+ calories doing Level 1 because not only do you burn calories while you’re doing it, but since there’s a good amount of strength training, you burn more calories throughout the day when you’re done.
Afterwards, I played around with my Kinect for a while using the Biggest Loser game. It’s kind of creepy how accurate it is! Whenever you are doing a workout, they show you in the lower right hand corner so its easy to see your form. With each move, there’s certain things the Kinect looks for (ie arm height, leg height, lunge depth, etc) and it tells you to correct your form if you’re not going deep enough or if you’re going too deep. Last night I did the fitness test which was 30 minutes, and it lead you through a warmup, then Light, Moderate, Challenging, and Hard. At the end of each section it asks you if you want to continue, and if you need to stop for water break. After Hard, there is Intense, but I opted out of doing that level because I was already feeling it from doing the Shred and then up through the hard phase. It was really good for me because it had me do a lot of different exercises than I normally do, and I can tell I’m going to love exploring the different levels the game has.
Not too shabby!
I also love that there is a lot of different kinds of workouts – Yoga, Circuit Training, Cardio, etc. I’ve only explored the circuit training briefly and the yoga, and I must say, both are pretty awesome. You get to choose how long you do it for and what level of difficulty you want to do, and it adjusts the workouts accordingly. I love that they work in water breaks, check in on you, and show your body so you can see your own form on the screen. It’s almost creepy when Bob’s voice comes on and says, “How are you holding up?” and there are three options – one I can’t remember that means its too much, “I’m feeling it”, or “Is this all you got?” You say whichever one you’re feeling at the moment and it adjusts the workout accordingly.
The one thing I’m not crazy about is the Body Analyzer. When you go into that portion of the game, It scans your body and gives you your height, weight, and neck, waist, and hip circumference. It was not very accurate at all – I did it 3x, and the first height it gave me was 5’3, and then 5’4 (I’m 5’8). It also said in the first one that my neck is 139” (is that even possible?) and then in the last one it said my neck is 11” (which I’m certain is too small). After it analyzes you, it makes recommendations on what types of exercises you should do. Because it’s not very accurate, I found that to be a bit disturbing. If it overestimates your size and tells you to lose weight but you’re really at a healthy weight, that could be concerning.
All in all, I am really loving the Kinect. If you already have an Xbox, I really think its worth the investment ($150 for the unit plus one game that’s really fun). If you don’t have an Xbox, I feel like its too big of an investment ($300+) if you’re just looking to it for fitness. I will say, the Adventures game that comes with it really makes you work up a sweat on some of the levels, even though its not a “workout” game per se. Because your body is the controller, you have to duck, jump, move around, and get really involved in the game. I think it’s a much better system than just sitting on the couch holding a controller because you have no choice but to be active if you want to play!
Are you into video games? What is the first unit you ever owned/played with? I remember having an original Nintendo and I LOVED playing Duckhunt. I’d have to blow on the games to clear out the dust if they weren’t working correctly. It’s crazy how far technology has come!