Some of the world’s leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training experts, Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson and Javier Mendez have been involved with developing the fitness routines and the full programs that are integral to UFC Personal Trainer. These guys are responsible, in the real world, for training UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir.
The idea behind the ‘game’ is to enable players to learn, understand and benefit from more than 70 MMA and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)-approved exercises. These include moves taken from wrestling, kickboxing and Muay Thai.
There are 51 unique and challenging routines aimed at honing specific muscle groups, these come targeted at individual skill levels and with individual fitness goals.
There are also 12 different custom exercise routines that can be modified to increase or decrease the intensity built pacing to enable users to ensure the most personalised regimens. For authenticity, users get to rig their avatars in authentic MMA training gear too.
With “Ultimate Training Mode” players match up against well-known and well-trained UFC personalities using a wide variety of punching and kicking sequences. These will in turn unlock more activities each with more difficulty and reward. All of this will enable players to compete in multiplayer modes.
In “UFC Personal Trainer” mode, users will receive guidance on selected goals from DellaGrotte, Jackson or Mendez.
Finally, players seeking regimes aimed at weight loss, strength building and overall performance enhancement can get a 30 or 60-day program personalised for them. This is supported by an interactive journal and time management calendar to track progress.
The game is actually really good. Yes, the trainer repeats himself (for every stretch, we're reminded how important stretching is, in case we forgot since the last time he said it, one minute ago), but it isn't as annoying as it sounds (well, so far). There isn't much else he could say, right? What, he's supposed to ask you if you're a Battlefield or Modern Warfare kind of guy? Tell you how much Josh Koscheck is a toolbag (in case you didn't know)?
Some people may think the game "freezes" during workouts in regard to the stopwatch. What actually happens is you're doing an exercise for REPS, NOT TIME...so when you hit the desired reps, say, 25 jabs, the clock pauses, going from green to brown, and the trainer has you knock out a few more reps. Do not mistake this as a freeze, which I accidentally did at first, it's intentional.