Fitness has played a vital role in my life for a long time. Growing up, I was always considered to be an overweight kid and was often teased for it. It took some time, but eventually I made friends with people that took fitness seriously, and in time I learned to appreciate and even love working out. I started training for the military and eventually adapted a pretty strict workout regiment throughout my career. I have had plenty of ups and downs when it came to my overall fitness levels, but I always strived to be better and challenge myself.

Recently, various job opportunities have led me to step up my training and I have been in search of something to help shock my body.

Some may think this is crazy, but for the past 4 months I have been waking up at 0330 in the morning, 4 times a week, to go run and or do various workouts that I learned in the military in order to qualify for new and exciting careers. It has been a struggle, but nothing worth having is easy and sometimes you need to be a little crazy to win. I have gained muscle mass in my legs that I never had before and my endurance is something that I had not seen since Basic Training. Running so much gave me the motivation to put weight lifting back into my routines and now I feel better than ever. However, eventually your body will become accustom to the same routines and you will need to find something different in order to continue progress. I heard various reports that Ring Fit Adventure was actually helping people and was a pretty decent workout, so with my extra Christmas money, I decided to get my hands on this new craze and try it out.

I have always been a sucker for new technology. Heck, I’ll try anything once. I had Wii Fit and thought it was an interesting idea. I even had the Xbox version of it that used the Kinect, but it never gave me a deep desire to get better at it. Workout games became a fad in my life. I would be intrigued by them, but would rarely give them a second look.

That is, until I got my hands on Ring Fit Adventure. The first session with this game happened shortly after I got it home. I set it up in my living room and went through the tutorials while my wife stared at me in the distance.

I’m pretty sure she was judging me, even though she refuses to admit it.

The pilates ring was pretty simple to understand, even though I had never done pilates before, and the strap would surprisingly stay firm on my leg even when running in place for an extended period of time. Normaly, various leg straps or gadgets would slide off and cause me to re-adjust often, but I would forget that this strap was even attached to me.

Like I previously stated, workout style games have always felt like a gimmick to me. I would play them for a few minutes, get the concept, and then never touch it again. However, something felt different about Ring Fit Adventure. The concept of an RPG style fitness game seems like a fever dream, but it actually makes a ton of sense when placed in a real world scenario. I played the first level three times in a row when I noticed that I should be level 3 before moving to the next stage. I never even realized that I had a desire to keep grinding, but the game was actually pretty fun and the running actually translated pretty well to the game.

The true challenge of the game comes when you have to battle different enemies. Because of my answers to the basic workout questionnaire at the start of the game, it set my difficulty to 24. At first, this is a number that held no real consequences, until I had my first battle.

In order to attack you opponent, you must first perform an exercise. The beginning attacks/workouts are pretty basic. You have your squats and basic chair pose, however, this is not just a simple 5 motions attack. Rather, based on your fitness level, you will need to do many more sets in order to complete your attack. My first enemy required me to do 27 squats and 27 knee tucks in order to advance. This was something that I wasn’t really expecting, but it was actually a nice change of pace. I didn’t realize it at first, but I was actually looking for a new way to challenge myself in the mornings. I had become used to waking up at 0330 in order to go run a couple miles that it no longer felt fun or exciting. My morning runs became something that I just did. It became just another routine or chore that I had to finish before I could start my day. I was hungry for change and needed something else to push me.

So when my next session came up, I had the option to reduce my difficulty, and this was actually a hard choice. I ultimately decided to stick with it and see where I will be once I beat the game. I actually want to see this to the end, and that is saying something for a fitness game.

So…how do you feel about fitness games or just fitness in general? Have you played Ring Fit Adventure? Let’s discuss and see if we can challenge eachother!

As always…thanks for reading!

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