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This time of year it’s super easy to log more hours on the couch than at the gym. But what if your living room could turn into your very own private gym? And on top of that, what if that gym came complete with a ripped personal trainer to motivate you? Nike has long been a leading athletic training and apparel company. Creating some major exercise tools like the Nike+ Running App and the Nike Fuel band, Nike has done it again. But this time, it’s gotten even more personal.
Wintery temperatures can be a valid excuse for not getting to your regular fitness class. But
rather than skip out on that class or your trainer appointment, Nike has come up with the
ultimate solution. Introducing the Nike+ Kinect Training Program with Xbox, a personalized training program that is geared toward giving you the precise training you need at your individual fitness level. Using the Xbox video camera, the program begins with a physical assessment called the Fuel Print to determine your current strengths, cardio level and flexibility range. Every four weeks you get reassessed to see how you’ve progressed. By checking in you’re less likely to get bored or frustrated from hitting a plateau.
The actual Xbox workouts are programmed to your body after each assessment and they include over 100 drills. Exercises include lunges, high knees and even agility moves that have you kicking virtual soccer balls. Aside from program design, Nike+ Kinect offers amazing form critique that’s just like having your trainer standing right next to you. Not going deep enough in your lunges? It will tell you! The real-time feedback keeps you working hard and doing it correctly.
So you’ve got the program and you’ve got the form, what do you think about a little Cheeky competition? Thanks to the Nike+ and Xbox communities you can find virtual partners to compete against in fitness challenges. You can also choose to work out with friends in other states! This ultimate buddy workout also allows you to see you and your workout partner on the screen. Points are tabulated to help give you that extra competitive edge. These points work into what’s called Fuel points. While wearing a Nike Fuel band, workouts in and out of your living room give you these Fuel points toward your activity goal. The more points you accumulate, the closer you are to being the fittest athlete you’ve ever been!
(Photo Credits:Use of Nike photos approved by Nike’s Cindy Hamilton.)