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My Fitness Coach: Cardio Workout (Wii)

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Genre: Education & Reference / Release Date: 2009-07-17 / Published by Ubisoft

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      27.01.2011 22:11
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      A fab workout and well worth the money - go out and get it!

      I was fortunate enough to receive this fitness game as a Christmas gift this year. I was naughty and sold my other personal trainer game because I found it didn't push me enough, and didn't take fitness as seriously as I do; the pauses and activities didn't make me feel like I was doing enough. I became hooked on the Wii Active game instead, especially liking the boxing element which is where my interest in this game spiked; reading another review on dooyoo, I discovered a game that centred on boxing whilst pushing you enough to feel a work out.

      ***Price***
      Deserving of its own title, the price is definitely one massive plus with this game; at £9.99 is it essentially a bargain in the Wii game pricing stakes, and for what you get, I would expect to pay a lot more. It's good to see that lower prices do not constitute lower standards in game play.

      ***User Interface***
      The game uses a 3D animation style interface where you can design and dress your own avatar. At first you also have three trainers to select; two females and one male. I have chosen Alex, for his passing resemblance to Taylor Lautner and the fact that some of the exercise incentives take the form of 'winning' outfits for your trainers. He is currently topless in some 'flame-designed' shorts. I can pretend if I want so shh!
      The interface is simple to use. If you have two remotes, you can hold one in each hand which is what I prefer as punching wands. When you start up, you get to choose your environment, choice of music (I always listen to 'Determination' but you may prefer one of the other, suitably empowering song choices on offer) and then you are ready to go. A grid appears on your screen, much like when you play dancing games. The type of hit you are doing and the side you have to hit from appears as a square icon which drifts up the screen in time with music. You then hit out in the correct style of hit when it comes in line with a box halfway up the screen. You then receive an 'excellent' 'very good', 'good' or 'miss' depending on your timing and accuracy.

      ***My Experience***
      One element I enjoyed was the initial setup of the game. I chose and customised my character, entered weight and height and had access to a learning-the-basics-style-programme. I was taught the moves, received a 'punch stamp' on my calendar to acknowledge my efforts and since then I have been allowed to choose between creating a custom workout of my choice or choosing a regular or hardcore work out. I've been hard coring at the moment as part of my own healthy eating and exercise regime which includes 30 minutes on my cross trainer and 30 minutes kicking ass on the wii every day. I find this allows me to feel like everything below my waist gets as much of a thrashing as the top half.
      95% of the time, I love this game. I get so much satisfaction from receiving 'excellent' and being able to cope with long sequences of moves. I've learnt the symbols and can alter myself to change to the different types of moves.
      The first time I played I really went all out. The next morning everything ached; shoulders, arms and stomach muscles. I couldn't play for a couple days because I literally couldn't raise my arms without tenderness. However since then I have managed to build on this and now after around 8 session I feel muscle fatigue, but the turnaround in terms of being able to work out again the next day means that obviously my body is developing, becoming stronger and am becoming able to be challenged further.

      ***The Cons***
      The only real issues I've encountered concern the sensitivity of the remotes when it comes to certain moves, and smaller issues like the ideas behind certain activities outside of the main game. With each workout you finish with an activity like skipping rope or punch bag. Skipping rope is the bane of my life. I HAVE to complete it as part of my compulsive personality, but I get so frustrated that the principles and movements do not reflect a skipping rope. The only way I can succeed is to keep my hands still with remotes facing outwards and jump on the spot. Any effort to actually imitate a skip rope causes your character to trip and start again. The longest 3 minutes EVER.
      Sensitivity is my only other issue. I want to have 100 % hit rate. I find it unsatisfying 'missing' a move but more often than not, I have completed the move and it hasn't been picked up. It is so frustrating when you really push for something!
      Finally my other issue which has made me want to tear my hair out, is the exit option during the workout. If you press 1 and 2 together (not an unlikely occurrence considering you are punching with these wands). You are not given a back out option if you pressed it by mistake. You can be 99% on the way to finishing, press this by accident and it terminates your hard work. Of course, if you don't 'finish' the workout, you don't get your punch stamp. Frustrating!!

      ***In conclusion***
      This is a great game. I can't fault it in many ways - I am getting a genuine workout, I feel stronger and I am enjoying. Now I'm looking for longer term results; the trimming and toning of muscle. I think that this is a reasonable goal and that principally when you are playing this game you have to put in the effort. Yes a sharp twist of the wrist might score you an excellent on some of the moves, but then what is the point? If you really throw your weight behind the punch, you will begin to feel the results. I would definitely recommend this game to fitness buffs out there - this is a way in to home fitness and worth a tenner if not more!

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        19.10.2010 09:29
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        A fantastic workout that doesn't feel like a workout

        I love this game. I have had it for a month now and I have used it lots. I like workout games on the Wii as they are more fun and don't really feel like you are exercising and this is a really good fitness game.

        I paid £12 for this game which is very good value for money as there is quite a lot to do on it.

        It is called cardio workout and it centres around boxing with different levels which you can work your way through from beginner to advanced and it shows you how to do lots of different boxing moves, jabs, cross punches, ducking, weaving, uppercut etc. You have to hit the target at the right time and you choose a trainer who shows you how to do the moves.

        One of the best things about this game is the music. You can select lots of different songs for your workout and they are actually really good. My favourite being Eye Of The Tiger. I really feel like Rocky.

        Another good thing about it is that it tells you how many calories you should burn for each exercise which really motivates me as I can count up how much I have done each day. You can use the wii fit board with it or without it which is really good. It is also very simple to follow and the moves are not too complicated but are a good challenge for me.

        Along with the boxing which is the main feature there are other exercise programmes including running and skipping and lots of others so there is plenty to keep you occupied.

        A really good value for money game and is so enjoyable it really doesn't feel like I am exercising at all. I love it.

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        11.08.2010 00:21
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        A great boxercise workout gets your heart racing

        I own quite a few exercise games for the wii and this is one of the ones I most enjoy. Having owned the previous My fitness coach I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this but the game play was very different this one is a boxing style game.

        You use the wii controllers and wii fit board if you have one. You are able to set your own weight loss goals and watch your calories burn away. The game teaches you how to shadow box with 5 difficulties to get through easy, beginner's, intermediate, advanced and special. You also have boxing exams to pass as you play as well. As you play the game you bounce back and forward and punch at the designated time. The game plays songs in the background for motivation which are great fast paced numbers. You also get to practice doing mit work with your onscreen trainer. As well as punches you do doging and weaving, squats, skipping and ab and back training to get your heart beat racing as you play.

        Overall I find this game is another great addition to my workout collection it genuinely is a fitness programme though its not something to buy thinking it will be a fun game. I like boxing games and this one is good at picking up your moves up as well which I like I get very frustrated with some of the wii games that refuse to pick your moves up no matter how hard you try. The game can be purchased for around £10 online. Which I think is a good price for a decent workout. You would pay more for a boxercise class every week and the other thing I like is I can feel the twisting of my core muscles as I play making me feel its toning my stomach. The game also makes me sweat and gets my heart racing so have some water handy when playing.

        Recommended 5 stars

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          27.01.2010 16:52
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          Great value for money

          This is my first purchase in the way of fitness gaming and I am very impressed. I was browsing Amazon contemplating whether or not to buy Wii Fit plus and balance board to see what the hype was really all about. I like everyone else told my self that it's a new year, new me and like 99.9% of women out there this new me meant losing a stone at least. When I realised it was going to cost me at least £85 to get Wii Fit Plus I started to loose the urge to work out suddenly. Call me tight but realistically am I going to be working out in 6 months - I'm not too sure : ). I came across My fitness Coach and My Fitness Coach Cardio Workout. I read both specs and went for the Cardio Workout as I thought boxing would keep me more entertained than just general exercise. At 9.99 it was a fantastic choice. I absolutely love it. I have had it for 1 week now and I have played it 4 days out of the 7. I have a 6 year old daughter who loves playing it just so she can get enough point to purchase new outfits for the trainers.

          As well as purchasing clothes you can do a range of different exercises such as Mitt work where you are taught different types of basic punches i.e. Jab, Upper Punch, Cross to Rope Skipping where I aim to skip like Rocky Balboa but am worse at it than my 6 year old.

          At the beginning you enter your own weight in pounds and your height in feet and it will work out you BMI (body mass index) for you in numbers and whether you are normal, over-weight or obese for you height.

          There are also prepared workouts for Shape Boxing with different levels of difficulty Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. The more you workout the more exercises become unlocked which I think is a great idea as you keep exercising just to see what the next one is.
          The Game is also Wii balance board compatible where it asks you if you want to use it or not which is great as I don't have one.
          You only need 1 remote and 1 nun chuck to play this game. It does say that two Wii remotes is recommended - 1 in each hand for boxing but as I only got this Wii for Christmas I only have the one and I find it works perfectly fine with the nun chuck.

          I think this game is great value for money at would definitely recommend.

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            17.01.2010 20:41
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            Great cardio workout

            I hate going to the gym and love any workout which fools me into thinking i am not really working out or persuades me that working out is enjoyable.

            I used to do a bit of kickboxing with a personal trainer and it was excercise I actually enjoyed, even with the sweating, pain and absolute exhaustion.

            a friend who knew I loved the boxing bought me My Fitness Coah Cardio Workout for the Wii as it mainly consists of boxing excercises.

            I had tried the boxing excercise on the Wii Fit and found it faily enjoyable though not paricularly challenging - more a warm up excercise, so was interested to see what this would have to offer.

            The game can be used with or without the balance board and I generally play without as it is much simpler. The balance board just gives you too much to think about.

            When you start the game you select your on screen character and start with the basics to get used to the types of excercises available. I did find the menu somewhat confusing as there are several headings and to change to a different menu you have to retrace your steps a lot and it is easy to get confused as to where you are and how to get where you want to go.

            In one of the menus you can choose from a variety of background tunes on a jukebox so you can select the orkout muic to suit you.

            As well as boxing, the game does provide training excercises such as skipping and jogging- as you progress through the game you open different types of excercise.

            I foudn the skipping particularly difficult as you basically jump as you would when you are skipping and hold a Wii remote in each hand and move them as you would if you were holding the handles of a skipping rope. It proved quite difficult to keep up the rhythm and not trip over the virtual rope. It is also absolutely knackering.

            When starting on the boxing, you begin with the basic training level which shows you how to do the basic punches eg jab, cross and then the on screen trainer takes you through a variety of combinations which increase in difficulty as you progress through the levels.

            When you feel ready you can take an exam where you are set a series of combinations and have to acheive a minimum score to pass.

            The first couple of stages are fairly easy, if tiring, but as you move up the combinations get harder with more punches as well as ducking and blocking. While all this is going on you are also expected to do the little dancy thing that boxers do which in itself is very tiring!

            You win vrtual money based on your performance and can buy yourself new equipment and outfits.

            This is an excellent cardio workout as it really gets your heart rate up and it feels like you really have done a workout as opposed to some fitness games which may be fun, but don't make you feel like you have really had to work an sometimes it is good to have that muscle burning, heart racing, red faced feeling.

            Definitely not for you if you don't have a good level of fitness as you would probably find yourself with spots in front of your eyes.

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            11.01.2010 21:59
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            A simply excellent boxing workout programme

            The Wii is one of those consoles that has proven hugely popular and this is in no small part down to the excellent sports pack that you get with the console but I, like many have not really used the console for much in the way of gaming until recently when the new wave of fitness programmes have hit the console.
            This year I have taken the decision that I want to work hard to lose weight and am going to do this through a mixture of improved diet and also increased workouts. This game is my most recent purchase and I have over the past few days been working hard to see how far I can push myself with this and so wanted to give an honest opinion for those out there who like myself are looking for something to suit them.

            This game is designed to give you workouts through boxing training and makes this something that is explained so that it does not matter if you have never boxed in your life as this will help you build up your knowledge and also skills. The game allows for you to use either 2 Wiimotes or a Wiimote and Nunchuck in order to do your boxing training and also allows for you to use your Wii Fit board so is able to be used by those looking for beginner level or those looking to push themselves.
            The game is brilliantly well thoughtout with you registering yourself and selecting a trainer who will stand in front of you during your workouts doing the same workout as you whilst shouting out instructions and encouragement. I am aware that many games use this trainer style of training but for me this game has worked it to the best of its ability and makes you really feel like the trainer is trying to push you.

            I am someone who likes boxing and so when doing the training I know the punch styles they are asking of me but my wife gave this a go the other day and simply loved this as it gave her clear instructions throughout so looks like I am going to be battling for the time on this with her.

            If you are looking for a game which allows those of any standard the chance to workout and feel true improvements and energy that you gain from working out.

            Positives:

            - Good graphics
            - Excellent workouts for varying fitness standards
            - Great trainers who help push you hard
            - Develop your skills and the game will develop with you
            - Well priced and brilliant game

            Negatives:

            - None

            This is a game I highly recommend for those looking to train up and workout on your Wii.

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