As you may have read I attended an exclusive event for Nivea and Ubisoft and along with a few glasses of champagne and a cocktail, I was given a game. The game being Your Shape: Fitness Evolved designed for use with Kinect on the Xbox 360. Having told myself and the other girls in MOMenTUM that I would give the game a go, here I am with the low down.
I tried in vain to set up the Kinect this morning and was somewhat challenged with all the cables and plugs. It doesn't take much to challenge me with setting up consoles and this is usually my main reason for jacking in anything I try and start. However, knowing that I have to give it a fair go and let everyone know what it's all about I managed to get it all working (with a little help from the husband at work).
The next challenge was trying to figure out what to do whilst Beastie suddenly decided he wanted cuddles. You see with the Kinect you need to be within a certain area/space in front of your tv, in view of the sensor and here is the important bit, on your own! A little person running around and climbing on me confused it no end. At this point I gave up and decided to wait for nap time...
When nap time eventually came, I got to try it out. Now I have played on the Kinect before and understand about using your arm as the controller, all of this seemed pretty straight forward. When I had tried to do this earlier (with interference) it was driving me crazy. The sensor scans your whole body and takes your height and dimensions and then asks for your weight, so it seems quite accurate. It was extremely frustrating though when I couldn't enter the correct weight due to the sensitivity of the pointers on the screen. No one wants to weigh more than they actually do! I feel like a need a good few hours to get used to the controls and what I can expect to achieve from the programme. It has options to spend time with your personal trainer, carry out exercise classes and have a go at gym games. My first choice was the gym games which looked the 'fun' option and also had a game that Liska at New Mum Online had tried out at the event (lots of praise her way for giving it a go). So I quite enjoyed punching some blocks, could also be good for releasing pent up anger?
Anyway, so far so good and I moved on to the other sections, where you choose your personal trainer and mimic their moves as if they were in the room with you. I generally fail abysmally when it comes to copying other people's moves. Remember The Macarena and Whigfield's Saturday Night? I never got it, I usually just slinked out of the way to avoid embarrassment. What I need is time and no one watching to get the moves right, so in the comfort of my own home and no audience I can do just that.
The exercise section gave the option for Cardio Boxing and Zen. I decided to give Zen (see below) a try leaving the Boxing for another time. This is designed to relax you and also stretch your muscles, it felt very spiritual and great for following, not too taxing for me. Having already decided that I would not commit fully to a proper session today I also discovered you can make pretty swirling patterns on the screen when waving your arms, completely pointless I know but fun none the less. It's all about distraction from exercise...
On a more serious note I am certainly going to continue with the game and get to grips with the routines, from just the briefest go I could feel some benefits, particularly some of the cardio routines. All I need to do is find the time to give it my best.