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Caged aggression.

If my brief time with UFC Personal Trainer has taught me anything, it’s that I never want to play the damn thing again. If it has taught me anything else, it’s that I am a pathetic wimp.

There I was at a recent THQ event, happily blasting aliens while slouched in a comfy seat, when I was approached by a smiley PR girl. “Hey, have you had the chance to play UFC yet?,” she cheerily enquired.

I wish I had lied to her.

I’ve always been a bit scornful about fitness games. If you want to get fit then you should leave the bloody house and run around the block or something, not ponce about in front of the telly. Right?

Well, maybe. But based on the rather brief time I spent with the Kinect version of UFC Personal Trainer, I reckon they can be pretty effective. So effective, in fact, that I couldn’t even make it past the warm-up routine. I really am a pathetic wimp.


This is going to hurt in the morning...
My session involved clumsily lumbering my way through a series of star jumps, squat thrusts and some vaguely fisticuffs related moves, all under the scornful watch of an actual UFC fighter. I don’t think he was particularly impressed.

It was hard work. Genuinely. Selected from a huge menu of routines, I’m informed mine was somewhere towards the middle of the difficulty spectrum. It gets a lot, lot harder from there.

If I had survived long enough, I’d have reached the meat of the game: High-impact, fast paced exercise routines led by genuine, real life UFC trainers Mark Dellagrotte, Javier Mendez and Greg Jackson.

But I didn’t, so Ignoring the scornful look of the burly UFC fighter bloke, I ducked to the back of the room, fell into a sweaty, crumpled mess and watched as a new wave of unsuspecting victims took over.

Here are the facts: UFC Personal Trainer features over seventy MMA and NASM-approved exercises, inspired by Muay Thai, kickboxing and wrestling, amongst others. These exercises are stacked up in different routines designed to target specific muscle groups, as well as individual fitness goals.

Basically, you’re tasked with mirroring whatever the chap is doing on-screen, while the game utilises either the Kinect, Move or Wiimote (depending on your platform of choice) to track just how well you are doing. At the end each routine, you are presented with some stats to rate your performance, as well as an alphabetised score.

Put all that together and what you’ve got is… well, it’s basically a terrible videogame. Just like the rest of the fitness genre, UFC Personal Trainer is little more than a tech-enabled, slightly more macho version of Davina’s Workout DVD.

But as a workout program, as a piece of software that enables you to get fit (or at least fitter), it looks really quite good. Which is exactly the point, isn’t it?

Honestly, I’m not in terrible shape, but I couldn’t walk downstairs properly for about three days after playing it. While I don’t doubt for a second that UFC Personal Trainer is no replacement for actually getting down the gym, it will doubtless help you shed a few unwanted pounds.

So if you’re after a decent workout, with a bit of a manly edge, you may just want to keep your eye on this one. Me, I’ll stick to shooting aliens in the face, thanks. Or wait for THQ to announce KFC Personal Trainer instead. How amazing would that be?

12 Comments
  1. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    I’ll buy it it comes with the burly UFC fighter.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2011 at 17:11.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      You might have to settle for a virtual one TC – I imagine real ones are quite hard to package!

      Comment posted on 17/06/2011 at 17:25.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Mayeb I can jus have Ben Cohen instead. Nom.

        Comment posted on 17/06/2011 at 17:39.
      • Amphlett
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Just Googled Ben Cohen and what a plonker he appears to be! It looks like he leaves the house most days forgetting to put his shirt on!

        Comment posted on 17/06/2011 at 20:08.
    • Porcupine_I
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      i hear you! it’s always such a rip-off! i was so disappointed to find out the 3DS didn’t come with a Girl attached as they showed at E3!

      Comment posted on 17/06/2011 at 17:41.
  2. Crocadillian
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    I like keeping fit, but don’t have the money to go to a gym and am too shy to look at magazines or other information (not to mention other unwanted crap), so this sounds great… IF ONLY I HAD THE SPACE!

    Wii Fit is pretty versatile in that space isn’t that big of a problem, but the 6-8ft required in length at least away from the screen, not to mention the width you’re likely to need for this means i’m probably not going to be able to use this until after University, WHICH I HAVENT STARTED YET T_T.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2011 at 17:35.
    • Amphlett
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Crocadililian – Most Local Councils operate a leisure centre and they almost always have a gym, CV room and dance/exercise studio buried within their corridors. My local place does monthly membership for £32 with all classes thrown in for free, an absolute bargain, which is mega cheap compared to the local David Lloyd which charges £75 a month plus joining fee.

      Get yourself down your local leisure centre, let them know it’s your first time and they’ll be really helpful.

      Comment posted on 17/06/2011 at 20:12.
      • Crocadillian
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Hmm, thanks for the tip :)

        Comment posted on 18/06/2011 at 09:10.
  3. Rocket_345
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    May i ask what the alien blasting game is. My idea of keeping fit is playing sport, running and going to the gym. These games are only ever good for making yourself look an arse at a party.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2011 at 22:27.
    • Jim H [Teabags]
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      As it was a THQ event, Lee was most likely referring to Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, which is a third person shooter ;)

      Comment posted on 18/06/2011 at 12:48.
      • LeeBradley
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Nah, it was Red Faction: Armageddon. I was squishing those insect-y things with a Magnet Gun when Ali grabbed me.

        Comment posted on 18/06/2011 at 21:22.
  4. stylishkev1
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Was away to say that this sound good and may get my food baby sorted out.
    However I am unable to get the thought of a KFC personal trainer out of my head, curse my addiction to stuff that tastes good!!!!

    Comment posted on 18/06/2011 at 18:21.

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