Interactive Training Videos From Celebrity Instructors
Microsoft has announced a new online fitness service for Xbox One, which effectively takes training videos from several popular instructors and makes them interactive. Apparently the Kinect sensor will keep an eye on your progress and keep you updated on performance without requiring an extra peripheral.
According to the official site, the library of videos includes Beachbody’s P90X (Tony Horton) and INSANITY (Shaun T), Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson and others, whoever they are (as someone whose fitness regime includes... this... I can't really comment). "Using precision Kinect technology, Xbox Fitness can read your heart rate without a monitor, see which muscles are most engaged by measuring the power, force and transfer of weight in your body, and track the quality of your performance by measuring your balance, tempo and form," reads the official blurb.
Xbox Fitness delivers personalized program recommendations, logs your workout history and keeps you updated with popular regimes; offering "a variety of workouts, from 10 to 60 minutes in length." Xbox Live challenges are integrated into the workouts, presenting you with awards and competitive social events to keep you motivated.
Xbox Fitness will be free for Xbox Live Gold memberships throughout December 2014, though will presumably carry a price tag thereafter.