Knockout Home Fitness looks like a manageable switch game
Like the Wii and Wii U before it, the Switch Library includes a number of fitness games to help someone work out. Allowed, Ring shaped adventure is probably the title that comes to my mind the most. But there are quite a few options, and another is set to appear in September 2021. XSEED has taken over Home fitness knockout, which appeared in Japan under the name FinC Home Fit. It is closer to Fitness boxing and seems to have its own niche to fill.
Similar to Fitness boxing, Home fitness is a Switch fitness game dedicated to participating in sessions with virtual trainers while holding your Joy-Cons in your fists. Each session involves performing actions in time with your instructor and an energetic cross-country trail. You can do a daily personal training challenge, which lasts about 15 minutes and consists of a stretching phase, a warm-up and a challenge session. You then have the option of doing separate workouts of three to five minutes.
As you might expect, there are different training and customization options. You can choose the types of sessions you want to participate in, both by defining the areas you want to focus on and by browsing the list. So you always choose your area of focus, what you hope to accomplish in this session for those muscles and a period of time for all of that.
When you have a workout in front of you, you can see which song will be playing and the different parts of your body to focus on. So if you have a problem with your knees, you can skip a workout that involves them. (Or, since this is a game that only tracks your arm movements, you can pretend.) Your data is then tracked in the app. There is also an optional password protection element, if you don’t want someone to see things like your weight.
What I have noticed so far after a few days of training is that Home fitness knockout seems like the kind of Switch fitness game focused on manageable workouts. In each of mine, which consisted of a personal workout and at least two 3-minute fitness sessions, it seemed like the kind of thing you organized, did for half an hour, and then go about your day. It’s kind of a very low pressure experiment so far. The exercises I have seen are not very intense, the optional mirror effect makes it easy to tell what to do even if the sound is low and everything is clear and easy to understand.
Certainly my time with Home fitness has been short so far. This is the kind of game that is best judged after playing it for days in a row. You see how you react to the trainers you “meet” and the sessions you “attend”. But right off the bat, it seems like a manageable way to get a little active every day.
Home fitness knockout will come to Nintendo Switch September 28, 2021.