NEWS - Friday, October 8, 2004

Yourself!Fitness Now Available

Today marks a milestone in fitness media, the very first interactive video personal trainer is now available as a computer game. Ironically, the very same medium that has contributed to the obesity problem among kids and young adults very well help solve the problem. The game is called "Yourself!Fitness" and it features a computer animated personal coach named "Maya" who helps women to created tailored fitness and meal routines. It currently runs on the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and was created by Respondesign, a game developer in Portland Oregon. To date, at home video instruction has been in the form of TV programs, videos and DVDs. However, these are all one dimensional. The computer game medium allows the program to be highly interactive. The memory in the Xbox can store massive amounts of data for tailored routines and saving completed exercise routines. With Yourself!Fitness, players must reach certain goals to reach the next level. The program creates a fitness plan for each person based on height, weight, and other characteristics. The virtual coach guides users through a subset of 600 possible exercises. A Summary Of The Features Include: # Customized health and fitness program based on the unique needs and goals of the user. # Dynamic fitness routines to assure that no two workouts will ever be the same, each day the program builds a personalized routine based on the users progress and commitment level. # Over 400 unique exercises featuring yoga, Pilates, cardio fitness, strength training, flexibility exercises and targeted weight loss routines. # Six unique workout environments: Users are able to keep their workouts from getting stale by traveling to the Empress’ Dojo, the Alpine Retreat, an Island Paradise, the Urban Oasis, the Desert Springs Resort or by completing a yoga routine in the Meditation Garden. # Customized meal planning: the program offers nutritional advice with over 1,000 recipes, preparation instructions and shopping lists. # Equipment Integration: the program will integrate the fitness equipment the player already owns into your workout experience including: heart Rate Monitor for target zone, performance training, step-bench for high intensity lower body workouts, stability ball to strengthen core muscles, hand weights for upper body toning, and yoga mat for flexibility sessions. # Music Choice: Users can choose from over 70 contemporary tracks across multiple music styles including Hip-Hop, 80’s, Dance and Latin. # Training Tips: Throughout the daily routine the program teaches hundreds of health and fitness facts that will help the player lead a healthier, more active life.


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