Xbox Fitness brings celebrity trainers, Kinect workouts to Xbox One

xbox fitness brings celebrity trainers to the one screen workout

Confirmed on the Xbox Wire shortly after the news was leaked on, Microsoft is partnering with celebrity trainers like Jillian Michaels, Tony Horton, Shaun T, and Tracy Anderson to create a subscription-based service called Xbox Fitness. Integrating Kinect functionality into the fitness videos, Xbox One owners will be able to watch their heart rate, activity level, and overall performance levels during each workout. Located on the right side of the screen, active participants will also be able to see tips encouraging ways to improve their form as well as an overall star rating for workout performance.

Adding social sharing elements into the mix, Xbox Fitness users will be able to compare scores with the overall Xbox Live community, as well as issue challenges to Xbox Live friends to beat high scores on specific workouts. Similar to content recommendations on Netflix Instant, Xbox Fitness will offer suggestions for specific workouts based on your viewing preferences, as well as your performance during those workouts. Hypothetically, if a P90X workout with Tony Horton is too strenuous and you have difficulty keeping up with the exercises, Xbox Fitness could suggest a less intensive workout the next time you want to workout.

Xbox Fitness Menu in Xbox One

The next-generation Kinect sensor reads changes in your skin in order to determine the heart rate during the workout. Displayed using a heat mapping tool on the right side of the screen, the Kinect also watches muscle engagement to measure force, height of jumps, distance moved and overall speed. All of this information ties onto the overall performance rating for the user while the workout is ongoing, according to’s announcement.

Workouts will vary between 10 to 60 minutes on Xbox Fitness and offer options for a variety of skill levels. Assuming users pay for a Xbox Live Gold membership, the Xbox Fitness Pass will be free through December 2014 for all Xbox One owners; essentially one year of service for all new Xbox One purchases at launch. After that time period, users will have to purchase the Fitness Pass or pay for specific workouts to continue utilizing the platform. 

Xbox Fitness Tracy Anderson workout

According to the fine print on the Xbox Fitness landing page, it states “Starting January 2015, unlimited access requires a paid Xbox Fitness Pass subscription and an Xbox Live Gold membership (both sold separately). Additional Xbox Fitness content is available for purchase, and may vary over time.”

Interestingly, the Xbox Fitness platform may reduce the number of fitness related titles in development for the Xbox One. Since popular trainers can recycle existing training videos for Xbox Fitness, only the Kinect functionality has to be integrated into the Xbox Fitness platform to make the training regiment available to Xbox One users. 

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

These Xbox One exclusives are the definition of quality over quantity

Xbox One has a prestigious collection of handpicked titles that you can't play on other consoles. Here are the latest and greatest Xbox One exclusives, including some that are also available on PC

Xbox app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.

Sharing your best gameplay moments is quick and easy on the Xbox One

The current generation of consoles make it easier than ever to share your gaming highlights with the world. Here's a quick guide on how you can record a gameplay video on Xbox One.

These are the best indie games you can get on PC right now

Though many indie games now come to consoles as well, there's still a much larger selection on PC. With that in mind, we've created a list of the best indie games for PC, with an emphasis on games that are only available on PC.

Goodbye, Machinima: YouTube gaming channel pulls the plug after 13 years

Machinima, a YouTube gaming channel that was launched in 2006, has suddenly shut down, with all of its videos set to private. The #RIPMachinima hashtag is now making the rounds in social media to reminisce about the channel's content.

This list of PlayStation 4 exclusives puts its competitors to shame

The PlayStation 4's game library and incredible selection of exclusive games could make anyone with an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch think twice. Here's our list of the latest and greatest PS4 exclusives.

Overkill’s ‘The Walking Dead’ delayed indefinitely for PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Overkill's The Walking Dead for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have been postponed without a new release date. The co-op zombie shooter suffered massive delays, then received lukewarm reviews once it launched for the PC through Steam.

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now.

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.

Can't stand keyboard gaming on PC? Here's how to use a PS3 controller instead

Properly connecting a PlayStation 3 Controller to a PC is no easy task, especially when you opt for third-party peripherals. Thankfully, our guide will help you through the process.
Product Review

‘Resident Evil 2' is a terrifying new virus you'll want to catch

Resident Evil 2 brings the Raccoon City incident to a new generation of players, acting both as a nostalgic throwback and a thoroughly modern horror game with some of the best visuals of the generation.

‘Fortnite’ update makes you the most dangerous snowman ever

The latest content update for Epic Games' Fortnite adds the Sneaky Snowman item, turning players into stealthy masters of disguise. The update also changes the Sniper Shootout game mode.