Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise (Game Review)

I think one of the main resolutions each of us make every year is to get more fit. It’s something I myself resolve to do but then my good intentions seem to get lost in the busy day to day life that begins as soon as the holidays are over. Now especially, when most of us are staying at home and we may be more hesitant to use our regular exercise options, we should embrace the opportunity to work out at home!

Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise is new to the Nintendo Switch and offers you the chance to work on your fitness goals. So grab a Joy-Con controller in each hand and get ready to bob, weave and jab to the rhythm in the game. There are a bunch of workouts and modes which you can explore, either by yourself or even with a training partner.

Fitness Boxing 2

The game is easy to pick-up-and-play, but don’t let that fool you. It offers a real workout and so, depending on your fitness level, you will feel the efforts of your exercise the next day. Following the on-screen instructor is simple, just mirror their movements and follow the on-screen prompts. It helps to stay in time to the beat of the music, and there are 23 tracks to help you build up that sweat. I liked the fact that it had a warm-up before and a cool down after each workout.

You’ll unlock different accessories for your instructor (there are nine to choose from) the more points you earn, so timing your punches perfectly will have more than one reward! You can set your personal fitness goals, either to target a specific area of your body or just aim to get in shape. This will mean the exercises are tailored to you in Daily Workout. Being able to set an alarm to remind you of your session is handy, and it’s always fun to get stamps on your calendar in the game.

There’s also a Free Training mode where players can choose the workout intensity, stage, music and moves for that session. You can enjoy this mode (along with Daily Workout) with a training partner, using one or two Joy-Con controllers to work out side by side in two player co-op. Graph tracking stats give you the option to monitor your progress, and you’ll be able to check out the number of punches you’ve thrown, your BMI and even your estimated calorie burn. Step into Basic Training to practise the various boxing techniques.

As a mom I’ve always found it difficult to make time for hitting the gym, but Fitness Boxing 2 gives me the opportunity to work-out in the comfort of my own home. So now there’s no more excuses, and the cherry on the top is I’m safe in my home during this pandemic too.

Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise is available from the Nintendo eShop for a recommended retail price of R929. There is a free demo of the game available which will allow you to work out to three original songs if you’d like to test it out.

Thanks to Nintendo for sharing this game with us.

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