Well, the Xbox Fitness Challenge is over.
Not entirely. In a bizarre decision from Microsoft, despite the official “sunset” date being on June 30, 2017, the Xbox Fitness team has discontinued two of its oldest, most varied and most substantive workout routines over 6 months early: Mossa and 10 Minute Solution. Together, they represent a total of 33 different routines containing workouts ranging from low-impact dance moves to weight-lifting; from Pilates to MMA; from yoga to kickboxing. The sheer number of workouts, and their workout challenges, that are now unavailable makes the already daunting task of getting to 100 cards full of loyalty stamps and 5,000 workout stars even more difficult now. I’ll likely continue to play a few times a month to knock out some of the challenges remaining in the workouts still available, but for all intents and purposes, it is over.
It’s a little sad. According to True Achievements, I’ve spent over 131 hours exercising with Xbox Fitness. That’s over 5 days of punches, kicks, squats and jumps. I spent a lot of that time with the Mossa Fight crew, specifically Tiago, Mike and Megan. For awhile, those half-hour workouts were my go-to exercise, and they could get intense. That trio almost felt like my own personal trainers, constantly pushing me and motivating me to do better. I’m going to miss those guys (and girl).
So now that the challenge is over, how did I do? It’s pretty hard to accurately assess what was intended to be an 8-month regimen after only a month and a half, but I was largely pleased with my progress. I felt like I was on track to get to card 100, and while Andrew had started making some gains on me, I still had a 1.5 million FP lead at the end. I’m particularly proud of managing to get to card 50 before December 15th, a goal that I had mentioned in my Month 2 post and which required a strong push in the last few days.
What’s next? I’m not sure yet, but I do have some P90x3 DVDs that I’ve been meaning to get back to. Stay tuned…