Monthly Archives: November 2012

Training: Day 2

Last night I has my second session of Nike Kinect Training – it was hard.

Above all, I’m still amazed with this “game” it tracks such a variety of exercises.

There was the normal warm-up, jogging in place for 30 seconds, some stretched. And then on to the real training – strength training this time.

Oh, just to interrupt myself for a bit there – it seems like the iphone app doesn’t adjust your next session until you have actually completed said session, so at the moment it is still telling me that my next activity is on 5 November and it is strength training – hopefully they will sort this bug out soon.

Back to the training – there were rapid response hops (hopping side to side on one foot), sumo jumps (those are ouch), planks, dodge ball etc.

Toward the end I really struggled, I think the last exercise was 1.5 lunges and by the time I got to my secon leg, I cheated (I think I got some benefit still, but year)

Here I realised the big flaw in home exercise (granted not everyone will see it as such) – no support.

There is no group of people suffering through this with you, it is just you and the pain. No encouragement in seeing other people struggle with you or a “live” trainer encouraging you to keep it up.

I suppose one could say that it’s self-discipline that keeps you going, not the support of others, but having done this same type of exercises in a group setting before, I realised how much such a setting actually encourages you and how much it helps having some tell you that you can do it, just a little bit more.

Instead, there I was shouting at my TV/Kinect telling it to start working properly when it refused to pick up my kneeling push ups or my single hip lifts.

Time will tell how this will balance with the convenience of exercising in my lounge (Coffee tables with wheels are an awesome invention).
I am not too sore today, but I can feel that my core muscles have worked – it is a good feeling.

Next up is Cardio training on Thursday. I will however be getting in a form of cardio tonight as well – playing Dance Central with a great friend – I can’t wait.

Nike Kinect Training – the beginning

It’s Friday night around 20:30 and I find myself in front of my Kinect, about to do the assessment in Nike Kinect training.
My experience with Kinect sports games or should I rather say exercise games have been Your Shape fitness.

First of all, I have to set up my profile – height, weight(do I really want to have this “written” down?) age and gender.
Then they scan in my body for a representation on screen – pleasantly, it is less blob-ey than the one in Your Shape – but now there is no more excuse for the bulging tummy which is usually so well hidden. I have to look at this every time I exercise – I suppose I could see it as encouragement, but I don’t like what it looks like.

Next I have to pick a trainer…I pick the girl (or should I say lady?). I guess I figured I am a woman, so being trained by a woman?

Now it is time for my assessment – I actually don’t even remember everything I had to do. I remember there were squats and push-ups, possibly lunges – these were of the variety of “number you can do in x time). There were also flexibility type things – lying flat on the floor, how high can you raise your leg – or how close can you get your arms together behind your back with one going over your shoulder and the other under.

All of this being made difficult by Kilhra who decided that my exercise mat seems like a good place to lie down – and when I kick her off because I need the whole length of it, she just comes back and lies down on me.

Kilhra “helping” or “supporting”my exercise

The artificial lighting also doesn’t help much – I wonder if we can take the lampshade thing off – I’ve always found it too dark in the lounge at night anyways.

I also have to do joggin in place with high knees – 3 sets of 30 seconds with 30 seconds (or was it a minute?) inbetween. Hubby comments on the fact that I’m cheating by just lifting my knees high in a walking fashion – he’s right, so I run for a bit – but I am really really unfit.

All this done, I am given my results:

Fitness of 36 (average 26-29yr old woman has a fitness of 40)
Athleticism of 36 (average 26-29yr olf woman has an athletcism level fo 42)

I like the symmetry, but obviously I have a lot of work to do.

They ask me how many days a week I want to commit to exercise – I select 3 days, Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Hubby will join me for 2 of those – I need the support.

I shut down my Xbox and fire up the Nike Kinect app on my iPhone – everything synch-ed accross beautifully – I am slightly shocked to see that my next session is scheduled for the following day – logical, but somehow in my mind, I would only start on Monday – no matter, it’s only 26 minutes and I could do that quickly before we left for Hermanus.

Saturday morning appears and I am fortunate enough to wake up with a headache and sore muscles – perfect excuse not to exercise, right?
The newness of this however is strong enough to get me to push trough the exercise.

Except, it is longer than I expected – instead of the advertised 19 minutes, it now says 29 – I suppose it could be extended by the warm-up.

I don’t remember what all was in the warm-up – I just remember being really tired after – and I still had to do the exercises!

My Nike app has a list of all the exercises – I just know I was really tired afterward and really sore the next day.

Between the burpees and the inchworms, my tummy muscles WORKED.

I accidently also did an extra set of the exercises – not fun.

It wasn’t an overly difficult set of exercises – I am impressed with how well the Kinect tracks everything (much better in daylight)

I was however not impressed with the synching to the iphone app this time – the Xbox says that I have completed my first session – my phone insists that I did a quick cardio session and now, two days later, still says that my next exercise is scheduled for 03 November.

It is however early days both for the app and for me.

My next session is in about 2 hours – we’ll see how it goes.

Keeping up motivation will be the problem. Hubby doing it as well will help, but what to do in those days when the only thing you want to do is curl up on the couch and watch TV?

To Nano or not to Nano

I’ve been contemplating doing nanowrimo this year…hmm


Do I have the time? The energy? The motivation? A story even!?


1666.66 words a day…how evil

New “Game”

Lookee what I got!


(Why does WP keep turning images on their side? It won’t even go into the right orientation when I edit it)
I can’t wait to go home and start with it.


I did the demo a week or two ago and loved it. You initially do an assessment during which the trainer takes various measurements and based on that and your goald (toning, fat loss etc) they give you an excercise program.
You are then evaluated again every 4 weeks and I believe your program adjusted accordingly.