So yes I trained with Greg Jackson this afternoon! I started also a strength program on the new game that the UFC have gifted us: UFC personal trainer.
I will try to keep you updated on the outcome of my first program but as I just started I will start with my basic first impression.
First the hardware! I think that with Kinect it might be nicer than with the PS3 move because during some exercise even when doing it properly it wasn’t recorded well. For example during push ups only 70% were recorded when I know that my push ups are correct. However I might say something rubbish here because my setup was probably not ideal (Camera orientation vs space where I work out)…. Anyway it’s not a big deal but as an advise HAVE SPACE AROUND YOU TO TRAIN and don’t go to buy another console just for that it’s not needed. The PS3 move system is reactive enough!
Now the important: the workout!
It start with an analysis of your skills which is good because it allows you to start at the right level straight away. It’s a combination of push ups, Sit ups and other exercises to gauge you level and it does well!
I took an established program to gain strength (For endurance I will go running) to start. It took me about 30 min to do it. It’s a combined set of exercise that are common Martial Arts exercise so I wasn’t lost (yes I do BJJ, was close to black belt in Karate and did some kickboxing). The intensity and difficulty of the exercise are good so you get into the mood pretty fast. To be honest after this workout my tee shirt was wet like if I was training for real! Sometimes I felt like taking some extra weight but decided to follow their instruction in order to see how effective it is!
I don’t have enough experience with this “game” to tell you how much it is yet but I do have to say it makes you work out! The program run for 30 days so I will let you know…
Because it took me only 30 min to do the first part of the program I then tried Greg Jackson exercises. There again it was well divided based on your target and the one (Balance) I did was quite nice to do. You can work your upper body, lower body etc
I also like the fact that it start with a proper warm up (all set of exercises!) and some stretching at the end which is a key to do things properly.
So to give you my first conclusion it’s a good fitness “game” or “complement” to your training for sure! However and for the one who imagine the opposite it is not a way to learn mma at all!
After the first use I would recommend to buy it if you are looking for workout that you can do at home. I know you can build your own but with it you will be challenged and coached. This is for me important as when by myself I can’t push and my sofa usually win.
So far well done THQ and UFC!