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Deciding it was finally time to get in shape, I looked around for products that would motivate me into making a real effort. Being a big fan of the Biggest Loser and particularly Jillian Michaels, I thought i'd give this a go. I've read other reviews of this game where users have complained about the controls not being responsive or intuitive enough and to an extent that is unfortunately true, but wanted to try it for myself anyway. Jillian's method for getting people into shape is to not accept any excuses for a lack of results and this is the attitude I need to push me into trying harder!
You start the game by choosing a character that will represent you on screen and also inputting your height and starting weight. Even though this game was made back in 2009, the first thing that struck me about the game is that the graphics are quite poor for a wii game, which will probably put some people off. The music is also a mixed bag ranging from dance music to rock and what i can perhaps best describe as hillbilly music...i didn't recognise any of the songs on the game but some of them are fast paced and fit well with the exercise moves and you do have the option of skipping tracks at any point by using the cross pad on the wii remote.
The most important part of the game of course are the exercises themselves and you can definitely get a good workout from this game. I exercise 3 times a week and wouldn't describe myself as being in terrible shape but after a 30 minute workout on the 'light' setting i was breathing pretty hard. You character will do activities such as running, paint grenade toss, canoeing, monkey bars etc which you will control by running on the spot, reaching above your head for the monkey bars, doing squats etc. Its not quite as you'd expect it to be and this is where I experienced a few issues. Sometimes your on screen character doesn't react immediately after you make the actual movements, its only a second or two after, but its a very noticeable lag and a bit offputting.
On the plus side, you can customise your workouts towards weight loss or strength training and choose the duration of your workouts, which songs to listen to etc and Jillian will give you encouragement as you workout. The game also calculates how many calories you burn during your workouts and keeps a record that you can view at any time. It also keeps high scores for the various activities so that you can try and beat your best times. The game is definitely capable of giving you a decent workout which is what really matters the most.
I'm giving this game 3 stars but i'd say you could add on an extra star if you're a fan of Jillian Michaels as I looked forward to beating the challenges so that I could unlock the various tips, where Jillian appears on screen to give you advice on various things to do with exercising and dietary tips. I enjoyed this game but i'm hoping that Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010 will have significant improvements.
As a huge fan of the Biggest Loser television show (I also have the Biggest Loser game) on which Jillian Michaels is a trainer whose trainees have always won the show, I bought this to see what she could do for me.
This interactive workout was not what I was expecting in that it isn't an ordinary work out scenario whereby you mimic a virtual trainer and follow a particular sequence of aerobic or toning moves or exercises.
This is actually set in a Boot Camp style where you can take part in up to 10 various 'outdoor' activities which focus on 4 workout types: Weight Loss, Strength Training, Intervals and Hill Climb. The activities include: rowing, monkey bars, boxing, log jump and tire trail amongst others. Running is used as a warm up tool and as an interval between activities to keep the heart rate up.
I was a little skeptical as to how effective this was going to be as it did not follow a traditional style that I was more used to but it is the innovative approach to exercise that makes it so effective and enjoyable.
Because you are concentraing so hard on getting the 'virtual' you to do the activities it doesn't seem like you are doing an actual workout but believe me I felt it the next day. Each activity is cleverly designed to use and tax different muscles groups whilst raising your heart rate so you get duel fat burning potential.
I really enjoyed the boxing and you can customise your own workout to do just that if you want or mix it up which is good because a couple of the activities I found less motivating to do.
The only problem I had with this was that it was sometimes difficult to get the 'virtual' you to move when and how you wanted and in particular in 'punching bag dodge' I could dodge left and right but could not get her to duck down and therefore kept getting knocked out by the bag. (If any member reading this who has played this game could give me any tips I'd be grateful!). It does take a while to get the knack of the movements but if you are looking for a new, different and fun way to keep fit this is for you. Another bonus is that you can play in Multiplayer mode and work out with a friend.
You can keep records of your workouts and keep track of your weight loss as this is compatible with the Wii Balance Board if you have one. The game is also packed with many tips for healthy eating, exercising and lifestyle in general which become unlocked as you advance through the game.
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