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Xbox One service links players to fitness

Jillian Michaels | Everyday Health Inc.

Jillian Michaels | Everyday Health, Inc.

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:47PM

The new Xbox One was highly anticipated by video gamers. But there’s a draw for fitness fans, too. “Xbox Fitness” is a service developed for Xbox One that links players to videos from popular trainers — Tony Horton, Shaun T, Jillian Michaels and others.

Using Microsoft’s Kinect technology, Xbox Fitness will deliver personalized program recommendations based on workout history and will provide feedback on a player’s performance.

Is the day of heading to the gym for a workout over? Probably not for diehard fitness buffs, but the service could draw an audience that hasn’t taken to exercise before. “In a day where Americans are glued to their televisions and electronic devices more than ever, I think only good can come out of creating an interactive fitness program and community that ties into their electronic addictions,” said Sol Solis, owner and founder of Paleo Fit Meals in Chicago.

Xbox Live Gold members will have unlimited access to the service through December 2014. Fees after that are still to be determined. — Chad Hunter

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