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For the past 4 weeks, I’ve been working out using Your Shape Fitness Evolved for the XBox 360.  The past four weeks were dedicated to keeping track as I tried Your Shape Fitness Evolved’s various types of workouts.  This week, however, I will review the overall game as well as give what I feel is the best workout routine.

I found Your Shape Fitness Evolved to be quite an effective workout.  The paces it put me through made me sweat and left me sore the next day just like any good workout should.  There is a wide variety of workouts too to help keep your workouts from getting stale.  In addition, there are "games", such as Stack ‘Em Up, that burn calories while you play.

I did run into some issues while working out with Your Shape Fitness Evolved, however these mainly seemed to relate to the Kinect system.  Mainly, my living room was too small for Kinect.  I wound up working out with the heels of my feet nearly pressed against our couch.  This meant that I couldn’t move as freely as if I had moved a foot or so forward.  Online searches revealed that Kinect does have problems with smaller rooms.

Overall, however, I found the workouts to be very nice.  I could definitely see how regular Your Shape Fitness Evolved workouts could help as part of a weight loss regime.

Now for my "Recipe for Success".  I’d say the best workout is one that alternates what gets worked out.  The times when I did back-to-back arm or leg workouts were brutal.  In addition, I’d recommend starting slow, ramping your workout up and then cooling down with a slower routine.  For example, I’d start with a workout "games" like Wall Breaker or Juggle It.  Next, I’d use one of the Run the World courses.  After that, I’d shift to Cardio Boxing.  I’d follow this with a toning workout which works the legs such as Build Strength.  Finally, I’d cool down with some Yoga.  This routine should burn about 170 calories.

Giveaway

You could win a copy of Your Shape Fitness Evolved from Ubisoft. Simply post a comment to this blog post. You can enter multiple times by leaving one comment in each of the posts of this series: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4.

One week from today, on March 8th at 10pm, I’ll select one winner from across the comments posted to all five posts.  You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but must leave a valid e-mail address for me to contact you for mailing address once the giveaway is over. I will select the winner using random.org and contact you via e-mail. You will have 48 hours to claim the prize. If there is no response, another winner will be selected. Open to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Your Shape Fitness Evolved by Ubisoft and financially compensated for this Clever Girls Collective, Inc. campaign. In addition, I was loaned an XBox 360 and Kinect for the duration of the campaign. The opinions expressed above, however, are my own.