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UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System Review with in-Game Video

UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System


Since I was rather disappointed with the new Your Shape Fitness Evolved game for the Kinect, I decided to try something new. I’ve always been interested in boxing; my dad won golden gloves for boxing in the Navy so it seems to be in my blood. I thoroughly enjoyed the Cardio boxing classes in the original Your Shape game. When UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System was released, I couldn’t wait to try it.

I wasn’t disappointed. UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System provides a grueling workout, while teaching MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting techniques. There are a number of ways to train, which keeps things interesting. (I haven’t tried all of the pre-made workouts yet. I have to work my way up to the more advanced techniques. I’ll be updating this article as I try new workouts.)

The game also gives you the capability to create your own workouts, which I have found to be extremely helpful. I’ve been able to isolate areas that I really want to work on such as my abs and arms.

When you first start the game, you have to go through a fitness test designed to determine your current fitness level. It is a series of activities each lasting one minute in duration. You have to do as many push-ups, sit-ups and jumping jacks as you can in the time allotted. At the end, you check your active heart rate, and this determines the level of intensity for your workouts.

The game makes a recommendation, either beginner, intermediate or expert, but you can change your fitness level, or even retake it. You’re encouraged to retake the fitness test several times. In fact, there’s an achievement for retaking it 20 times. You should also enter in your personal information (age, sex, weight) as this helps determine how many calories you burn per session.

The Trainers

Three MMA trainers, Mark Dellagrotte, Greg Jackson and Javier Mendez, provide about 30 minutes of video instruction in the game that details exactly how to do certain combinations and the correct way to throw a punch. For someone who’s never taken an actual martial arts class, this was invaluable. I have watched the videos repeatedly to improve my technique. Every time I watch the videos, I learn something new.

Mark Dellagrotte Shows You Some Moves

There are plenty of pre-made workouts to choose from, and you can also choose which trainer you’d like to work with you. Each trainer has their own style of MMA fighting. Mark Dellagrotte trains using Muay Thai martial arts. Greg Jackson uses jujitsu/wrestling, and Javier Mendez trains you in kickboxing.

There is also an option to jump right in with a “Quick Workout” which typically lasts about five to seven minutes. Both the pre-made and quick workouts start with a warm-up session and end with a series of stretches to cool-down. When you create your own workouts, the option to add warm-ups and cool-downs is available.

Arnold Presses with Mark Dellagrotte

Program Options

You can also choose to start a program. These are 30 or 60 day training programs designed around three goals: build strength, cut weight, and increase endurance. These programs are intense to say the least. You have a scheduled session six days a week for the duration of your program, and you can see what is planned for each day of the week in the calendar view, which also shows if you’ve missed a session, and how many sessions you’ve completed.

Quick workouts are set up in the same categories as the fitness programs. Unlike the pre-made workouts, you don’t get to choose which UFC fighter will train you. But, they get you right into the action and are just as intense as the full pre-made workouts.

Activities Menu Screen Shot



The activity section in this game really shines. There are four different activities to choose from including “Hit the Mitts,” which is my favorite. You choose a sparring partner from a large selection of UFC fighters. My personal favorite is Mark Dellagrotte, but I’m a woman. Nothing is more motivational than a hot guy telling you to punch him. The sparring sessions last between three and four minutes, and there are plenty of them. Currently, there are 3 download packs with 15 sparring sessions each. I’ve found these sessions really help improve my fighting skills and help get out some aggression.

Intro to Hit the Mitts with Mark Dellagrotte

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Free striking is another activity available in the game. It’s just you and a heavy bag. You can choose to do a 1, 3, or 5 minute session, and you pummel the bag as hard and fast as you can while maintaining good form. This is fantastic for creating your own combos and working on cardio endurance.

Flip the tire is another favorite of mine. Like free striking, you can choose 1, 3 or 5 minutes. The object is to squat for a few seconds and then flip the tire as you stand up. It’s not as easy as it sounds. You have to hold the squat for 3 seconds, and then flip the tire. I have yet to try the 3 or 5 minute session. My quads start burning at the end of one minute, but I’m working on that!

Workout Summary Screen Shot


Hit the speed bag is the last activity. I have yet to be able to figure this one out, but my husband completed it easily the first time. Again, you chose your time limit. The goal of the speed bag is to work on your concentration and timing. This is not one of my favorites.

You can also watch all of the videos you have unlocked in this section. As I said earlier, there is about 30 minutes of video instruction. These videos pop up the first time you try a workout or activity, but you can re-watch them here.


This is fun. You can battle a friend in Hot Seat by taking turns in hit the mitts to see who gets the better score. You can also play side-by-side, or issue a challenge via Xbox Live. There are several achievements for the multiplayer part of the game, so have a buddy you can coerce into playing with you!

Player Tracker

This section tracks anything and everything. You can track your weight; see how many calories you’ve burned since you started playing; how long you’ve been playing the game or how much progress you’ve made in different areas (like cardio for example) and so much more.

Screen Shot from My Workout Journal


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UFC Personal Trainer vs Your Shape Fitness Evolved


My UFC Personal Trainer Rating

I give UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System 4.5 out of 5 stars. Why not 5 out of 5 stars? I wish the game would show me a running tally of how many calories I’ve burned in a session. The game shows you a calories burned estimate after each workout or activity, but there is no running total. So if you workout with the game for 90 minutes like I do, you have to write down all the calories you burn and add them all up if you want an exact total. The player tracker gives you an estimate on a graph chart, but I’d like exact numbers.

I also wish the game had more video instruction. The instruction provided is well-done and easy to understand, but it’s limited to the harder combinations and beginning punches.

Another thing I’ve found that drives me nuts is during the warm-ups and cool-downs. The trainer repeats himself like a broken record it seems. It’s the same few statements repeatedly. You only need to tell me once that I should cool-down after each workout. I’m not a two year old.

Despite these flaws, UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System has replaced Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 as my exercise program. It’s more fun, and keeps me motivated to continue working out. Who doesn’t love punching things?

© Copyright 2012 by Daughter of Maat ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Choleslo on August 13, 2013:

Great hub, really impressed by reading this hub.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 21, 2012:

I just joined Zurker and someone named Cindy just connected with me. I wonder if it's the Cindy your talking about lol

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on July 21, 2012:

well, you sure have a doppelgänger there then :) here name is Cindy and shes as awesome as you are!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 21, 2012:

Awesome! Thank you!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on July 21, 2012:

I'm on Zurker. I'll email you about it.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 20, 2012:

Your welcome! No I'm not on Zurker, I don't even know what that is. lol

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on July 20, 2012:

Ivenever heard of a kinnect/had to hear the xbox at all hurs :) although i thoroughly enjoyed having all the kids with my kids in the house at the same time...well/long as the good held out lol

but never considered it for me but dadgumit I want my 100 pounds back again! tired of this stupid 1290131...been there since June! gootta try something new! thank you!! btw are you on zurker?

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 15, 2012:

@Chris, UFC Trainer does have the problem with wait times, or load times whatever you want to call them. It's a pain in the a$$ actually after each Hit the Mitts session you have to go back to the menu to pick another one. The layout of the game in that sense is quite annoying. I like the workouts though so much that it doesn't bother me. If you want a game that has longer workouts than wait times, I'd go with YSFE. The first Your Shape Fitness Evolved has great weight training workouts and 4 kickboxing classes. I'm not a fan of YSFE 2012, but the wait times are better than UFC. I think I have an amazon link in the You Shape Fitness Evolved Hub if you want to try it. Try the first one and if you like it then try the 2012 version. The first one will be cheaper, that way you don't feel like you've lost too much if you don't like it. :D

Thank you so much for your compliment!! :D

Chris Hugh on June 15, 2012:

I have a Kinect, but with the game I have I get frustrated with all the waiting time between me getting to actually do stuff. Does this game have that problem? I like DDR and Walk It Out. Can you suggest a good game for me? And if you'll point me to your Amazon affiliate link, I'll make the purchase through there.

You have some seriously great Hubs, blogs, everything. I've only been awake three hours and it's already been a good day because I found your writing.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 06, 2012:

Thank you Frank! Greatly appreciated!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 06, 2012:

Very nice lol, I actually took some video of the game as I played it, and added it above. I always like to see things before I buy it!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on June 06, 2012:

Sounds like something my daughter could get into. She's into boxing and such. I'll send this link to her and maybe she'll buy it. Then I could borrow it.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 06, 2012:

I will consider this a useful share..yeah? so voted up and useful

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