Microsoft aims to get you in shape with Xbox Fitness

The online workouts come free with an Xbox Live subscription, but only for Xbox One users.

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Xbox One owners will be challenged to shed pounds and build muscles with a new online workout program dubbed Xbox Fitness.

Available exclusively for the Xbox One, Xbox Fitness will work in tandem with the Kinect to check out your vitals and monitor your progress. It can examine your heart rate, measure your muscles, and evaluate your performance. The goal is to get you in shape through a series of interactive workout videos.

The videos feature such fitness gurus as Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson, Tony Horton of Beachbody P90X fame, and Insanity's Shaun T.

"What makes Xbox Fitness so innovative is the feedback it gives you," Shaun T said in a statement. "The Kinect sensor can evaluate your form, tell how high you're jumping, how hard you're punching, and even read your heart rate. It's that little missing piece of validation that hasn't been possible for home fitness products before. Xbox Fitness completes the puzzle."

Due to launch in time for the holidays, Xbox Fitness will be free to Xbox owners with Live Gold memberships valid through December 2014.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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