Game is OK; but you would probably be better with Your Shape Fitness.
A little about the game itself.
Biggest Loser Challenge looks and feels like you’re watching a workout video. A good point about the game is that it gives you immediate feedback as to how you’re doing via your body representation at the bottom. You have an in game calorie counter that tracks how many calories you are burning over a period of time. At the end of a 20-60 min session you get feedback with total calories, and a grading of how you did against the personal trainer.
The calorie counting system has made me more aware how much calories (good calories can affect a workout) The program gives you a calander to track both calories consumed and calories burned. I learned quite a bit about diet. For me the problem has always been now that I reflect not consuming enough calories from healthy foods. Consuming minimal calories that drained my energy. In that sense the program has worked for me to balance my calorie input and output.
At the end of the session you get a rating as to how well you followed the workout. During the workout you get feedback from the trainer telling you how to improve your movements to get the best workout possible. You are awarded achievements by following exercises closely, keeping rhythm and completing 4,8,12 week goals.
There are tips in the program that tell you how to eat better giving you recommended diet changes to help in your training program. Along with the change in eating habits there a few recipes to try to help give you the calories needed for the workouts.
The scanner to me seemed glitches as it measured my neck at 178 inches. I experimented with light in the room but nothing seemed to help that aspect of the game. I played at night and had my room well lit. I found the problem to my 178 inch neck. the angle of the kinect was such that it saw my body from a low angle making my neck appear to be non-existent. Also during the body scan I may have moved causing an inaccuracy in the game. If you use the scanner use it only as a supplement to a manual measuring.
Also when the kinect doesnt scan you properly you may find Jilian scolding you. I found he a bit annoying, especially when the kinect didnt pick up my body movements. im 6 ft so the kinect cant capture all of me much of the time. I have yet to change the kinect location to the top of my TV. This may change the way the innacuracies during the workout. I did like that the workout captures your tempo; however, having Jilian, the female trainer say get it in synch ya wus got really irriating after a bit.
Biggest loser allows you as well to integrate other workouts in your current training program. It give you options for weight loss, toning. Etc.. Additionaly it gives you life tasks, such as doing housework at an increased tempo, or playing with your children to burn an additional 100 calories during the day.
For those of us on this site who are a bit weightier than the average Joe and could stand to lose a couple pounds, this is a good way to get started. The view of your body in the right corner gives you a fairly accurate representation of you and points out when you do exercise incorrectly. If you do exercises incorrectly or are to slow or fast the image turns red, green or blue.
My wife, a non gamer, (blaspheme!!) had a little bit of a hard time getting used to the technology and controller interface. Other than that, it is a good way to keep trace of calories, weight, and general fitness. Not to mention for us addicted to achievements an excellent way to get back into shape.
Be forewarned the Kinect needs plenty of space to work. The workout program like other workout programs needs ample room in addition to the minimal 6 feet the kinect needs from the TV.
If possible I would set the kinect on top of the TV to maximize the distance from the Television. Also if the kinect has a surface in front of it, your legs may be cut off from the kinect sensor. Putting the kinect on top of the TV should resolve the problem. This is my problem currently, since the kinect doesnt capture me when im laying on the ground doing situps or hip raises.
The body scan is inaccurate; it had my neck at 178 inches. I ended up tracking my stats manually for weight height, neck etc and input them as opposed to using the body scanner.
Im currently working on an ultra-slimming program and find it challenging to do the workouts every day after not doing much but walk between my work parking lot and the building.
This program is a good educational program to increase knowledge on diet, calorie intake and burning. The downside is the precanned comments from the trainers. Its good coaching at first but gets old after a week. This is a plus and a minus as you get constant feedback from both trainers at once. One encouraging one straight up well how do you put it sarcastic and rude.
Side note - Its difficult to navigate through the menus due to the speed at which it selects an item; I select an item to read it and it sometimes selects it before I can finish reading it to know what I have selected. Can be difficult to get to the right menu when you just want to get on and work out.
As a side note you can chose one trainer over another. I think this is my next step. turn off Jillian.
For all of you who think the pixels are better on the TV then outside. Good Luck and God Speed.