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Xbox 360 Game Review

The Biggest Loser
Ultimate Workout


Format: Xbox 360
RRP: £39.99
Age Restrictions: 3+
Available 10 November 2010

Get up and get active with The Biggest Loser. Now you can get access to the results-driven diet expertise and fitness programs from The Biggest Loser. Let Bob, Jillian and Alison Sweeney guide you through this life-changing journey as you become on of The Biggest Loser success stories. Your path to a healthy lifestyle starts here...

The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout is one of the best games to date to really use the Kinect sensor technology well. I say "game" but this is far removed from a normal game and is more an interactive fitness program.

It's based on the TV series that follows a group of contestants who each have to lose weight sensibly. And, for those who want to lose weight, this game should help you do it while being fun at the same time and if you have online friends you can compete with them... which should keep you on track to shed those pounds.

This software helps you burn fat and build muscle using pre-set workout routines that adapt to suit your fitness level and even suggests targeted workouts. You can work your entire body with over 120 exercises including upper body, core, cardiac, yoga and cardio boxing for a total body workout. And you can also incorporate resistance bands, stability balls and free weights (if you own these) into your routine.

There are elements that could have been a little smoother. For example there's a lot of unnecessary movement as you move from one routine to the next. You may be sitting down and it asks you to stand up while the next routine loads, then it tells you to sit down again.

Another aspect which is a problem to begin with is the need to watch the screen to work out what you're supposed to be doing. This, however, isn't a problem once you've learned a routine, but in the early stages it is quite a chore.

While far from a perfect offering, this release should help you lose weight sensibly. It's certainly a lot more effective than watching a workout DVD.


Nick Smithson

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