The 6 Best Kinect Fitness Games
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This list of the best Kinect fitness games will help you choose the right game to help you get in shape and stay fit!
If you haven't had a chance to try out the Kinect yet, you'll be surprised how suited it is to helping you exercise. And if you own a Kinect, you'll want to know the best games to maximize your workout productivity. After all, there's no point in using the Kinect to get fit unless you find a fitness game that's suited to your own abilities, interests, and needs!
Update: Zumba has shimmied its way past EA Sports!
Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure: This recent entry into the Kinect workout genre has you working on your core while exploring a variety of fun on-screen environments. Guess Jillian decided not to stick with the Biggest Loser franchise this time around...
Zumba Fitness Core: Love Zumba? Want to focus on strengthening your core? Check out the latest Zumba Kinect game, which features new ways to tap into the dance-inspired craze.
Dance Central 3: Trey says in the comments below, "Dance Central 2 works better for me than anything. Sure, I feel like a goober half the time, but those dances on hard are truly a cardio blast." Although it's not strictly a Kinect fitness game, it does provide a great workout. It's also been voted the second best Kinect game out of all the titles available in the comments.
#6: The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout
The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout for the Kinect uses the star power of trainers such as Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper to motivate you in your exercising routines. Motion controls and voice recognition work well. The activities are varied and interesting, and it tracks your measurements over time. Some users like that this game focuses more on the training aspect than Your Shape Fitness, its main competitor.
#5: EA Sports Active 2
EA Sports Active 2 is the only fitness game that currently comes with a heart rate monitor. The results of the monitor display in-game on your screen, so that you can make sure that you're staying within your target range. Other than that, it's pretty similar to Your Shape Fitness (see below for more information). It's more focused on getting in shape than having fun, whatever the previews and trailers try to tell you.
#4: Zumba Fitness Rush - Groove Yourself To Health
This game brings Zumba, the new exercise class dance craze, into the comfort of your own living room. You can use this great Kinect workout game without anyone else having to see you get good at the moves first!
Many people have gotten fit using Zumba over the years since it was first introduced; it's a great combination of music that gets you pumped and moves that get your heart pumping. They've fixed the motion issues that plagued the original game, and this remake has received excellent reviews on Amazon and elsewhere.
#3: UFC Personal Trainer - Kick and Punch Your Way to Health
If you're not the type of person who gets into dancing or aerobics, then perhaps UFC Personal Trainer is for you. Drawing from a variety of MMA-inspired moves from diverse disciplines, and featuring UFC fighting personalities, this game definitely stands out from the Kinect fitness game crowd. Just make sure that you're not too close to the TV when you do your moves!
#2: Nike+ Kinect Training - A New Way to Feel the Burn
Nike has always been a brand associated with athletic excellence, and their newest foray into motion-controlled gaming is no exception. Progress in the game results in real-world rewards in the form of NikeFuel points. There's a strong focus on becoming part of the community, and you can get messages from Nike athletes and trainers to keep you on track. If you want more outside support and accountability in your at-home fitness regimen, this game is for you.
And the #1 Best Kinect Fitness Game Is...
#1: Your Shape Fitness Evolved - 2012
If you liked Your Shape Fitness Evolved, then you're sure to like this version for 2012. New activities will include "zen classes," Latin dancing, boot camp, and a feature called "Run the World" that lets you run in different environments without leaving the comfort of your home. Still to be seen is whether the upgraded interactivity and graphics are worth the price tag if you already own the original game.