As someone who has run numerous races, including the Chicago Marathon, I consider myself to be in good shape.
To prove it, I headed to Microsoft's offices downtown to test the new Gatorade Sports Performance workout training program, which launches Friday for free within Xbox Fitness on Xbox One.
How do I compare to an NFL player? The program is designed to take users through workouts pro football players do during training camp, testing strength, agility and stamina.
Unfortunately, it's a couple of hours after a big lunch, so I feel about as fit as the Fridge. Only the Bears legend isn't my competition—it's Houston Texans lineman J.J. Watt, the 2012 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.
Bring it, J.J.
A 20-minute agility workout pops up on screen for a series of rapid and intense drills involving jumping, running and shuffling.
Onscreen, Watt and his strength and conditioning coach Brad Arnett walk through the exercises, while in the corner of the screen I see what muscles are engaged using the interactive Kinect sensor. A number of stats are displayed: heart rate, countdown until the exercise is over and my score of fit points based on how well I execute the drill.
Here's how the exercises rate in my mind on a scale of 1 (practice squad) to five (Pro Bowler).
WARMUP (5 minutes)
Bunny hop: Please, jumping rope without the rope is easy.
Pogo stick hop: Jump around! This time I aim for air like I'm using an imaginary pogo stick. Wheee!
Lateral hip rolls: I call this The Twist because I roll side to side on my hands and knees, twisting at the hip. OK, my body is loosened up.
Prone press up: I know this as the cobra pose. Pushing my chest up to the sky while lying on my stomach is no big deal thanks to all my yoga classes.
Inchworm: My tight hamstrings thank me as I walk my hands from a pushup position to my feet.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 2. I'm ready to step it up.
THE MAIN EVENT (15 minutes)
Alternating A jump: I'd call it The Skipper. It reminded me of skipping as a kid, bringing my knees up high while swinging my opposite arms. My heart races though as I did it in double time. Difficulty: 2
High-knee run: Thighs on fire! I'm so competitive that not only am I trying to beat Watt by running in place faster, but I also want to best my performance during the second repetition. Difficulty: 3
Square hops: Jumping to all four corners of an imaginary square is tougher than I thought, especially when you do it counter-clockwise. My lungs beg for a timeout. Difficulty: 4
Side-to-side hops: Talk about tiring! Coach Arnett could tell. As I jumped from side to side using both feet and then only one foot, he tells me to keep up with Watt. "I'm trying!" I said to the screen. Difficulty: 4
Texas two-step: That's not the official name, but it required enough coordination for a line dance. Beads of sweat trickle down my face as my feet get tripped up stepping forward, back and turning to the side. Difficulty: 5
Lateral shuffle: This one's the Super Bowl shuffle. I picture myself on the field trying to quickly outmaneuver Watt coming at me by shuffling my feet from side to side. "Finish strong," my brain commands my body. My dry mouth screams for a thirst quencher. Difficulty: 5
SO, AM I READY?
The scoreboard shows 37,016 fit points (unfortunately not calories burned) for me, compared with Watt's 42,000. I'm basically rookie material, right? If I weren't afraid of getting tackled, I'd say sign me up, Coach!Copyright © 2015, RedEye