Ultimate Fighting Championship-licensed video games have traditionally been combat-based, but THQ's latest UFC title will be a multi-platform health and fitness game, focusing on providing high-intensity workouts.
UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System features some of the world's most renowned mixed martial arts trainers like Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson, and Javier Mendez. Users will be put through various fitness routines that have been primarily designed by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Over 70 MMA and NASM-approved exercises can be learnt to improve strength, endurance and conditioning.
51 routines have been specialised to target specific muscle groups and fitness goals can be set which factor in individual skill sets. Users can utilise 30 or 60-day programs to build their strength and to lose those excess pounds around the waistline. The MMA-inspired exercises will teach "authentic" training techniques, although the game's remit isn't to teach users martial arts as the lead designer Troy Sheets explains:
It is never our intention to actually teach martial arts, but you are being shown the proper technique for the moves themselves. So you will be shown how to throw a proper elbow, but the intent behind it is not to teach you how to fight, but how to workout in a way a mixed-martial artist works out... One of the things that we focused on with this product is the exercise portion. A nutritional aspect along side of that is something that we didn't feel we could execute perfectly, so we encourage that you partner with someone else for your nutrition because it's not a part of our product.
The game is scheduled for release on the Wii, PlayStation Move, and Kinect for Xbox 360 this June.