With leading publishers creating their own fitness brands, it’s only natural that existing workout labels will want to get a slice of gaming, too.
The Biggest Loser is one of the most popular fitness franchises on both sides of the Atlantic. Every week, overweight contestants compete in the TV show to lose the most weight with a gruelling series of workouts and strict diets.
Now Xbox 360 owners can put themselves through the same ordeal in their quest for a slimmer body. While The Biggest Loser has already been established on Wii (see ‘Also Available’), the launch of Kinect is the perfect time to bring the series to a new market.
The game tracks players’ full body movements as they are guided through warm ups, cool downs, cardio boxing, yoga, circuit training and more. There are over 125 exercises available, all of which have been arranged into ten pre-set fitness routines, such as Belly Buster or Boot Camp. Gamers can even create their own fitness programmes.
Fans of the show will be pleased to know that The Biggest Loser’s familiar trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels will be on hand to motivate them, and the game is even hosted by the series’ presenter Allison Sweeney.
Staying true to the show, Ultimate Workout allows players to keep a video diary of their progress – just like the real-life contestants. They can also compare their progress with their family, or friends across Xbox Live.
Kinect users aren’t the only ones who can take on the fitness regime of The Biggest Loser.
Just two days after Ultimate Workout is launched, THQ is releasing The Biggest Loser Challenge for Wii.
Like the first Wii title, players track their progress with the game’s calendar, which shows the day’s challenges, routines and information, such how many calories have been burned.
Families can link their profiles together to compare achievements, and a drop-in/drop-out multiplayer feature means they can join in without disrupting anyone’s exercise sessions.
Challenge also goes beyond mere exercise, with new recipes from various Biggest Loser cookbooks.
The Biggest Loser Challenge will be released for Wii on November 12th.