While the words ‘fun’ and ‘exercise’ are rarely seen together in the same sentence, UFC Personal Trainer makes the arduous process of toning up a challenging, rewarding and entertaining experience.
Developed in association with the US National Academy of Sports Medicine – and with input from the UFC glitterati, including Javier Mendez, Greg Jackson and Mark DellaGrotte – UFC Personal Trainer offers a wide variety of fitness routines to help users lose weight, get stronger and improve their coordination. And while similar titles such as Your Shape: Fitness Evolved or EA Sports Active 2 offer solid fitness routines but deliver few incentives to keep you sweating, the presence of either a UFC bruiser or personal trainer on-screen at all times ensures that your motivation never wanes, making it more likely that you’ll stick to the routines and achieve your goals.
Motivation aside, fun also comes in the form of UFC’s multiplayer challenges, where your performance is compared to other users in online leaderboards, in turn inspiring you to keep working out – if only for a delicious sense of one-upmanship. And with a range of engaging exercises such as flipping virtual tyres or punching the mitts held by an invisible trainer – all of which are perfectly picked up by your console’s motion sensor – getting fit with UFC is infinitely more fun than the simple running on the spot or squat thrusts used by other fitness packages.
On the downside, UFC Personal Trainer often struggles to explain exactly how to perform certain moves, which can be frustrating when you’re short on time and just want to get on with your routine, and also offers no advice on how to become a mixed martial arts fighter despite the fact it’s is fronted by some of the sport’s best-known names. But for lardass, sofa-ridden gamers looking for motivation to shed those excess pounds, UFC Personal Trainer is the best and most enjoyable fitness game on the market.
Reviewed by David McComb