Microsoft to launch Xbox Fitness app for Xbox One; train with P90X and Insanity creators

Microsoft is planning to launch a new internal fitness app for Xbox One owners around the time the game console launches in mid-November. The fitness app was outed earlier today by sharp eyed users on the NeoGAF message board and Microsoft officially confirmed Xbox Fitness this evening.

The Xbox Wire website states:

Using precision Kinect technology, Xbox Fitness can read your heart rate without a monitor, see which muscles are most engaged by measuring the power, force and transfer of weight in your body, and track the quality of your performance by measuring your balance, tempo and form.

The app will offer a variety of workouts of between 10 and 60 minutes each, with special challenges that have been integrated into the sessions that can be compared with other Xbox Live members.

The Xbox Fitness app will include appearances by a number of well known health and fitness trainers including Jillian Michaels (The Biggest Loser) Tracy Anderson, Tony Horton (P90X), and "ShaunT" (Insanity). The app will be a subscription based service, but paid Xbox Live Gold members will have unlimited access to the app until December 2014. After that, the app will require a separate subscription outside of Xbox Live Gold but there's no word on how much that will actually cost.

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The app will be a subscription based service, but paid Xbox Live Gold members will have unlimited access to the app until December 2014. After that, the app will require a separate subscription outside of Xbox Live Gold but there's no word on how much that will actually cost.

About freaking time! I was going to keep my X360 so I can keep UFC Personal Trainer plus I do Insanity so good news all around

Ah, an app gamers need but might not want. #stereotypes

Actually, this is quite smart, and should help grow the userbase by making the XBO's content more inclusive. That said, everytime I've tried to exercise with Kinect, the dogs think its time to play

hell I might use this especially free for a year. They've finally figured out how to get my lazy ass to do some exercises, merge it with video games and maybe get an achievement or too. If i'm a beast after one year I might subscribe

When I first saw the Insanity Ad I thought it was a send-up. I could not stop laughing; and one year later I still find the video funny.
On a darker note this fitness craze does have a hint of Nazi Nacktkultur to it. Charles Atlas come back! All is forgiven.................

Nice, looks really good. I love the current workout apps but load times make them not very efficient. Xbox One should definitely fix that problem!

If only I had any room for a kinect. Mine kept trying to put me into the wall. It's not like im strapped for space. Did I read correctly somewhere that the Kinect on the Xbox One can be used in a smaller space?

Kinect 2.0 doesn't need nearly as much room as the first gen kinect did, so you can use it in a smaller space for sure. If it's as good as I've read, then this could actually be pretty cool. I did P90X a couple years ago and saw some good results, but it's hard to stay motivated. Being the achievement whore that I am, making a game out of it could keep me much more motivated to continue doing the workouts.

McKay said,
If only I had any room for a kinect. Mine kept trying to put me into the wall. It's not like im strapped for space. Did I read correctly somewhere that the Kinect on the Xbox One can be used in a smaller space?

I don't think they've described the space measurements, but it has a wide angle lens and the ranging tech is supposedly more sensitive, so yes it should work at closer range.

What I wonder about is height of the sensor. The 360 tech was well documented to not work well when set above 6 feet, which you get to pretty easily with wall-mount TVs (mine is a 42" above a small fireplace and it puts the Kinect at 7'.) The problem is a matter of upper body occlusion of the lower body... not easily solved but through much more intensive processing. But if the One can track as many people as they claim, I think they must have done it (as occlusion is a key problem when tracking the movements of many people standing together.)

waded said,

I don't think they've described the space measurements, but it has a wide angle lens and the ranging tech is supposedly more sensitive, so yes it should work at closer range.

What I wonder about is height of the sensor. The 360 tech was well documented to not work well when set above 6 feet, which you get to pretty easily with wall-mount TVs (mine is a 42" above a small fireplace and it puts the Kinect at 7'.) The problem is a matter of upper body occlusion of the lower body... not easily solved but through much more intensive processing. But if the One can track as many people as they claim, I think they must have done it (as occlusion is a key problem when tracking the movements of many people standing together.)


Here's the official word from Microsoft, via Kotaku:

Single player about 4 ft. 7 in. (1.4 m) from sensor. Two players about 6 ft. (1.8m) from sensor. Play space will vary by game, application, sensor placement, and other factors.