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Genre: Education & Reference / Video Game for Nintendo Wii / Release Date: 2009-01-23 / Published by Ubisoft

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      19.07.2010 09:51
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      A great way to keep fit, can be beneficial to a variety of fitness levels

      I bought this fitness game for the wii to get into shape for my holiday and it definately worked, the results didn't show staright away but after a few months i could really see the difference. The game takes all your measurements and your heart rate and advises you on which area you should focus on, i'm very in to my fitness and this game showed me exercises i have never heard of before!!! During the workout you are asked how you are getting on so the difficulty can be increased or decreased which is fantastic for building yourself up to harder workouts. I have been using this game for about 2 years now and still now there are exercises being introduced that i have never done before, it is hard to get bored of the workouts because everyone is different, it is very rare to find you have 2 workouts exactly the same! The game gives you water breaks and rest in between exercises even though i feel that sometimes the rest are a bit too long and i often find myself doing my own exercises inbetween. The music isn't the best so i usually turn the volume of the music right down and put my laptop on and listen to my own, you can still here the fitness instructors voice but your own music. You can add equipment as well like a step bench or hand weights which are incorporated into the workouts. You can state what days of the week you would like to work out and for how long so it gives you a target to aim for, but if you miss a workout she does tend to tell you off!!! A great way to keep fit in the comfort of your own home.

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        19.04.2010 13:59
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        A really good idea from Wii.

        The last time I did aerobics at a Leisure centre was a hell of a long time ago. I think I was about 16 actually! There I stood, with my black leggings and baggy T shirt, surrounded by uber fit toned women, who had obviously done it before. There was no hiding at the back, as the whole room was mirrored, and the instructor made sure everyone got a go at the front....


        Thank goodness for Wii, who have made the public humiliation of aerobics a thing of the past! Thanks to My Fitness Coach, we can bounce our wobbly bits around till our hearts are content in the privacy of our own front rooms (curtains closed of course!).


        I already own Wii, sports, but lets be honest, it is a lot of fun, but not all that great at getting you fit. The idea of My Fitness Coach is that it works more like a personalised excersise video, with a different routine each time and tailored personally to the areas that you want to work on. The game does not incorporate the balance board,and the remote is used very rarely. You just have to copy the lady on the screen.


        The game begins by taking all of your personal measurments and details, such as weight, height and measurements from your biceps, stomach and thighs. It also gives you a series of excersises to do and asks how many reps of each excersise you can manage, to work out which muscles in your body are weaker than others. You also have to measure your pulse in order to evaluate your cardiac fitness. The game then gives you a recommendation of something you need to work on, such are upper body strength or core strength. You don't have to work on this if you don't want to, and have the choice to focus on something different, such as weight loss, or aerobic fitness.


        You then have your first workout with Maya, your virtual coach. She can get a little irritating after a while as she keeps repeating herself, but you get used to her. You can choose a daily focus before your workout, such as weight loss, core, upper body, lower body or flexibility. This will be incorporated into the routine.


        You then choose your workout environment. You can workout atop a skyscraper, or in a tranquil garden, or maybe an alpine retreat. More environments are unlocked as you go through the game.


        The game then asks you if you have any equipment, such as weights, ball or step. You can use the balance board as a step if you want, even though it does not register on the game. It will incorporate these items into the workout.


        You start the workout with some warm up excersises, such as skipping back and forth and jogging on the spot. After that, the intensity of the excersise increases. At various intervals, Maya will ask you if you find the excersises too easy or too hard. Your response will alter future workouts so you get the most benefit. If you pick a long workout, Maya will give you water breaks in between excersises. The shortest workout duration is 15 minutes. The workout will cover all aspects of fintness, concentrating on your goal. The aerobic workouts are very intense and really get you heart rate up. At the end of a workout, Maya will tell you how many calories you have burned.


        After 10 workouts, you are invited to a fitness evaluation, the same as the one you take at the beginning of the game. This enables you to chart your progress and see where you are losing inches! If you workout 11 days in a row, you will acheive diamond leveland unlock all the game locations.


        This is a great game, but I have a couple of gripes about it. Firstly, there is no way the game can tell if you are doing the excersises correctly. Secondly, unless you are really commited, you are going to slow down and give up on the game at some point! The music in the game is a bit boring, so I tend to prefer the dance games with more recogniseable tunes. I haven't played it for months, as there is usually someone hogging the TV in our house. You really have to find the motivation to play this game and unfortunately, I'm too much of a couch potato!

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          21.02.2010 00:44
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          Meet my personal trainer!

          I'm one of those people who don't do much exercise so I was looking for a fun way to get moving that wouldn't seem like a big chore. I decided against buying a fitness video as I tend to find the routines boring and monotonous once I've done them a few times and know what's coming next. I was drawn to this particular Wii game as I liked the idea of being encouraged by a virtual personal trainer and having workouts that don't follow the exact same pattern each time.

          ***WHEN YOU START***
          When you first use the game, you will be required to take part in fitness test. For this, you'll be asked to do things like take your resting heartrate and then take it again after you've done two minutes of starjumps/jumping jacks, and test your flexibility, upper body strength etc. At this point, you'll also have the opportunity to input your measurements (hips, waist, thighs etc) so that you can keep track of weight loss progress if that's your goal. Once all of this is complete, Maya (the virtual personal trainer) will suggest areas that you need to work on, such as upper body strength or lower body strength. You're not obliged to accept this suggestion(s) and can choose the areas that you want to work on. I've personally chosen the weight loss option as I want to lose some stubborn fat from my stomach but I often switch my goal between this and cardiovascular.

          ***THE WORKOUTS***
          You can vary your workouts according to your current goal(s). As I've just mentioned, my goal is focusing on weight loss so I tend to pick the cardiovascular workout in the hope that I can lose some weight from my stomach and thighs but there are various others that you can pick. The ones that I've done the most are:

          Cardiovascular - Some of the moves that feature in this workout are: the boxstep, touch steps and grapevine. Although my cardio workouts vary in terms of the intensity and the order of the moves, I find that there is a good mix of higher intensity and lower intensity moves in each one so although you're usually being challenged and can get rather out of breath, this isn't the case for the full length of your workout as Maya will take some short pauses to 'find the beat' so you can catch your breath and the tempo of the workout slows down at intervals.

          Upper and Lower Body Strength - There are still a few cardio moves in some of these workouts but the main focus is on stretches designed to improve either your upper or lower body strength depending on which you've chosen. I've only done these workouts once or twice each as they're not my main focus (despite my initial fitness test pinpointing them as a big area for improvement!) but when I did, they included various lunges and stretches that tested my balance as well!

          In general, the workouts are quite varied as I've never had the exact same routine twice so I don't have that deja vu feeling of 'I know what's coming' before it happens. You'll be doing the same moves as there isn't an indefinite amount of those but it keeps you guessing to a certain extent. There is a bar running along the bottom of the screen to let you know what your current move is and what the next one will be, along with a countdown clock so you know how much of the workout session is left.

          You can choose your workout length before you start. The shortest time is fifteen minutes, and this is the length that I normally go for. The first few minutes is a warm-up, and the last few minutes are cool-down stretches but the bulk is the actual workout. You can also choose the music before you start but you can't unlock the full capacity until you've done a set number of workouts. The music options are quite limited and there are only so many obscure tracks to pick from but I'm concentrating so hard on the workout that I don't really notice the music at all!

          Once you've done so many workouts, you'll be prompted to do another fitness test to see if you've progressed from the inital one. If you chose to input your measurements at the start, you'll be prompted to do so again to see if they've changed.

          ***MAYA***
          Maya offers a lot of encouragement during the workouts but her phrases are quite repetitive and can become a bit annoying once you've done a few workouts and can guess what she'll say. At various points, she'll ask how you're feeling and you can use the Wii remote to choose from the options on the screen. These questions are usually related to how you're finding the workout so if you choose the option that it's too strenuous or not challenging enough, that particular workout will be altered for next time to make it harder or easier and moves with a higher difficulty rating can be added to make things more challenging.

          ***OVERALL VERDICT***
          I really like using this game for my workouts as it's just the right side of challenging for me and the fact that no two consecutive workouts have been the same stops me getting bored easily. I like the fact that I can alter my goals as and when I choose and increase or decrease the intensity of workouts as I see fit. After my last workout I was informed that I'll be prompted for my next fitness test prior to the next workout and it's been very encouraging to see that I'm making progress bit-by-bit in terms of altering my measurements and the workouts are becoming less of a struggle so I may even need to increase the intensity soon! For someone who very very rarely exercised before buying this, this is quite impressive as I'm not spending hours doing my workouts and only do two thirty minute sessions per week (split into cardio and whatever other one I feel like doing on the day).

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            02.02.2010 15:31
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            In the words of Maya ... 'Good workout, see you same time tomorrow!'

            'Good morning ellen...its been a while since we've seen you'..... this is the main phrase you will hear from my fitness coach. No I'm not a rich, celeb type who can afford my own personal trainer...this is my Wii fitness coach!!!
            Seeing as I am always on a diet, and always trying to do exercise, coupled with the fact that I am inherently lazy lol, I am always looking for the new exercise DVD or book to do at home. I have a whole collection of DVDs but my main problem with them is that they don't change and can therefore get boring and monotonous.

            When I first saw the Wii fit that had come out I thought it looked brilliant, as I really do enjoy playing on the Wii at home and thought coupling that with exercise was a brilliant idea. However I couldn't afford it at the time . But it gave me the idea to look for other exercise type programs that I could do on the Wii......that's when I came across the Wii fitness coach.

            Her name is Maya and she works out with you through different sequences, like in a normal workout DVD, except for some major differences. First of all you have to put all of your measurements into the Wii, i.e your height, weight etc. And you have to do a short fitness test. This means that it will actually chart your progress, which will not only let you know how you are progressing but means you know it is actually working. Unlike some DVDs where you don't really know if it's doing any good or not!

            Once you have entered that, it sets up a profile for you. And unlike any fitness DVD or game I have seen you can actually create your own fitness timetable. It really is like having your own fitness coach. It will give you suggestions of how often and on what days you should be doing exercise, and what type, but it will also let you change these to fit around your schedule. It will start you off with small amounts of exercise, so say 15 minutes, but as you progress and work on it for longer periods of time it will extend the length of the workout.
            This means you can keep a good track of when you should be exercising. And, as you will have read in my opening line, Maya is all-seeing and all-knowing, she knows when you miss a session and she doesn't let you forget it!!

            So after you have sorted your timetable, it will give you a suggestion of what exercise you should do today. It will suggest, for example Yoga for 15 minutes. You can either go with what it suggests or you can choose your own. There are several options for you, Yoga, Flexibility, Upper Body, Core Stability, Lower body, so you can do a range of things. This not only means you can get an all over workout, it also helps you from getting bored as you can switch between them at any time.
            You can also pick the duration of the workout, in blocks of 15 minutes, so you can fit it around your schedule and means that even if you can only manage a short amount of time it still counts.

            One you have picked your workout , you can enter any equipment you may have, such as if you want to use hand weights and it will incorporate them into the workout. It also lets you choose the music to play in the background. Don't get too excited by this, there isn't a great deal of choice and its not any recognisable songs, but it makes it a bit more interesting. And the more exercise you do and go up into higher levels, you will unlock further music tracks.

            Finally before you begin your workout you can pick your location which will act as the backdrop to your workout. There are options such as the Meditation Garden, the Empress's Dojo and more that I can't remember the name of. As with the music there are more locations that you can unlock. Unfortunately I have not been dedicated enough to unlock these so can't tell you what they are like.
            But all of this adds to the fact that each time you go to do a workout it is completely unique and different. It's like trying a new DVD each time.

            The workouts themselves will do a different sequence of moves each time, so although you will become familiar with certain moves they wont be in the same order. The higher up you go the intensity will increase as well which means as you get good, it won't get too easy for you. Maya does the workouts with you and if you aren't sure how to do any of the moves you can have a tutorial which will explain it for you.

            The screen has the time counting down on it, which really helps if like me you are desperate for it to be over. It also tells you what move you are doing and what move is coming up to keep you thinking ahead.

            Maya will stop you part way through to see how you are finding it. Not only does this give you a breather it also helps to keep your profile up to date so if you are finding it too hard she will slow it down or if it is too easy she will make it harder!!

            Finally Maya also lets you enter in 'outside credits' so if you went for a run or went cycling during the week, you can type this in and she takes account for it. It really helps you keep track of how often and when you are exercising.

            All in all, Maya is one clever computer character. It really is like having your own personal trainer, not only can you pick and choose workouts , you can track your own fitness and even have Maya on hand who imparts encouraging comments throughout and gives you workout tips every time the game loads.

            Go out and get it today!!

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            25.01.2010 19:58
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            This product works with the right mindset

            We bought a Wii a couple of years ago and apart from the games that came with it I've never really used it.

            12 months ago I lost my job and soon became conscious that I wasn't as active as I had been. Months past and to my horror at my yearly health check at the doctors I'd put on several pounds and my blood pressure was up. Well that was all I needed to get myself motivated.

            I had a voucher to use up so picked up My Fitness Coach for the Wii but to be honest I wasn't expecting too much. I've tried fitness DVD's in the past and soon became bored of the repetitiveness and gave up.

            So mid Sept 2009 my health kick started; new healthy menu and daily exercise.

            I'm not a technophobed nor a techie but installing and setting this programme up was very easy.
            You can be a guest but as I wanted to achieve some weight loss I opted for setting up a profile. This does take several minutes as you need to weigh yourself and measure various parts of your body aswell as work through a physical challenge that allows 'Maya', (your personal computerised trainer), to evaluate your fitness and advise what settings to follow.

            I chose the weight loss setting and to start with 15 mins 5 times a week. Each time you work out you can follow 'Maya's' recommended workout or your own. I followed 'Maya's' consisting of Upper body, Core, Lower body & Flexibilty on a 4 day rotation.

            After a few days 15 mins just wasn't enough so I upped it to the next level of 30 mins but soon went on to 45 mins. After every 10 workouts you have another physical challenge and you update your progress. Also the more work outs you do you unlock more music and more locations to work out to. This keeps it interesting and each work out is different; especially if you tell Maya the section you've just done was 'no sweat' and she ups the intensity for the next time.

            The on-screen timer counts down as you work out and you get 2 water breaks in a 45 mins session as well as several 5-10 sec breaks between moves. The graphics and attention to detail are very good if not amusing as Maya will adjust / tighten her ponytail just like us women would do.

            At the end of your workout it tells you what new moves you've done and the calories burnt.

            Fast forward to today and I've just completed my physical challenge and my 100th workout; I'm 2 stone lighter; feel fantastic and still find My Fitness Coach as interesting and challenging as I did back in Sept.

            Brilliant product that I would highly recommend but you do have to put the effort in to get the results so self discipline is a must but well worth it.

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              16.01.2010 12:39
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              thanks for reading

              Let me start this review by saying I HATE EXERCISE!!!!!! and I always have done, hence the fact that I have reached a point in my life when I really need to do some to sort my body out.

              I purchased the wii fit plus recently and have been doing the exercises on there which are great and fun but I'd also heard about my fitness coach so I decided to get that as well and aim to use both plans 5 times a week.


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              First Use and personal settings.

              When you insert your disc you get to set up your own profile, you input your weight as well as your waist, hip, thigh, arm and chest measurements - though each of those stages can be skipped.

              You then go on to test your current fitness level. This involves taking a resting pulse measurement and then taking it again after 2 minutes of star jumps. Next, you are given exercises like press ups to do to see how many you can complete.

              Following these mini tests you can state what you want to achieve, i:e weight loss, improved fitness, improved posture........

              The information you have given is then used to put together workouts to meet your level and needs.

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              Workouts

              You select Workout in the menu bar and then choose the type of work out you want to do either yoga, cardio, upper body, lower body and flexibility. There will be a star next to the choice the programme advises you to take but you can choose any you like.

              Once you have chosen your work out style you can then choose how long you want it to last 15 mins, 30, 45, 60.........

              Then you get to choose the music genre you want to work out too, dance, hip hop, techno....... you unlock more genres as you go along.

              Finally, you can select what other equipment you would like to use in your workout, step bench, weights, yoga ball and a heart monitor.

              Once all selected, which takes seconds to complete, you are ready to start.

              Each exercise includes a warm up, main exercise and a cool down, and you will be asked at the end of each section how you found that section and you can choose,
              no sweat for it to be increased for next time,
              i was working hard, for the level to be keep the same
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              I couldn't keep up, for the intensity level to be decreased.

              In each of the workouts there are rest periods slotted in throughout the work out.

              The exercises I have been doing have been great and varied, using side kicks, step-touch, grapevines, hustles, jumping jacks to name but a few, and each individual exercise displays it's difficulty level.

              The exercises are really easy to follow, you follow the character on the screen and she talks you through how to do the exercise, you can also change the camera angle if you want to see the exercise from a different angle.

              Once you have had enough of hearing her voice you can change the settings to for the volume of her voice, you can also change the volume of the music.


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              Personal opinion.

              As I said I hate exercise but I am surprised to say that I am really enjoying doing this. I am currently achieving 2 15 minute work outs a day (in addition to my wii fit exercises) And these exercises have been achievable and enjoyable and I actually look forward to doing them each day.

              I would say that this is better than the wii fit plus as it can be more personal to your needs and requirements and you get to choose your intensity levels and after only a couple of weeks I am starting to see signs of changes in my body as well as generally feeling better too.

              I do still like to team this up with my wii fit plus exercises and enjoy doing both each day 5-6 times a week for over an hour.

              My only downside is that the music is repetitive and not brilliant so I have already turned the music setting right down and using my own music.

              dooyoo's 5/5 So worth a 5 if it can get this couch potato motivated to exercise.

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                31.12.2009 15:58
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                A good game to get fit with, giving a range of exercises and support, but some limitations.

                We've had this game for a little while on the Wii now, and it is still one of the most used games we have. While the Wii Fit was still really scarce as it was one of the must-have games, we were actually recommended to buy My Fitness Coach in stead as it was a better way to get fit. Weighing up the options, it certainly seems to have been a better purchase.

                While Wii Fit is fun, My Fitness Coach is a good way to get fit. It has detailed personal information screens where you can enter your body statistics, and will take you through a basic fitness test to give the game a good idea of what will be best to work on (all optional, as you can still choose your own workout if that's what you'd prefer to do) and then give you a workout schedule. Again, this is changeable so if you find the schedule too much during the week, you can tweak it.

                The workouts themselves are fun, lasting whatever duration you choose in 15 minute increments. Playing through the game and sticking to your workout schedule will open new locations and music types. And during the workout itself, Maya (the game's host and digitised instructor) will give you motivation and keep an eye on how you're doing by asking periodically how you are finding the pace. If it is too strenuous, say so and the next time you do that workout it shouldn't be as hard. Likewise if you find it too easy, say so and the next time the pace should be increased. It has a wide variety of exercises, so the workouts don't suffer from the repetition that some forms of exercise can.

                Overall we find this a very useful game, with only a few down points to mention. Sometimes the quotes mentioned by Maya can get on your nerves as they are phrases from a limited database and can be repeated. And until you unlock some more of the music types, the background tunes aren't really special. Finally, the physical challenges cannot be bypassed and occur fairly frequently. I can see why there is a need to have frequent tests to monitor your progress, but when you want to jump on for a quick 15 minute workout you have to go through that first. Otherwise, we really like this game.

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                25.11.2009 12:39
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                Fantastic little supplimentary exercise once or twice a week!

                I got bought this for my birthday this year when I was on a bit of a fitness kick. I only used it a few times; through lack of time mainly. But I dip in and out occasionally!

                The 'game' is nicely presented, well laid out and very helpful if you're serious about using it properly. Yes, it's not high-tech enough to use the balance board or new fangled resistance strappy things, but if you can provide exercise equipment such as weights and step boards, you can incorporate them into your work out simply by telling the game that you have them. This is, as far as I know, pretty unique in the versatility it gives you - you don't *need* the extra equipment but if you have it, you can use it. Not having it doesn't detract from the game in anyway.

                On start up you'll be asked to do a fitness test, which takes about 20 -25 minutes, and to set your goals and calendar. The goals are what you want to achieve and there's a range from loosing weight to gaining muscle. These are not specific goals but they will be used in the planning of your work outs, along with the results of the fitness test. Your calendar is basically where you say when you can work out and how long for each week - you're advised to aim for low minutes, high frequency to begin with. There's no real pressure on you to do more or less workouts than you want to though, and you don't lose anything if you don't do one! A very useful aspect that this game has is that at the end of every session, it tells you how long you were working for, how hard you worked and how many calories you will have burnt. However, sometimes this seems a little bit on the low side - 74 cals for ½ hour very hard work sometimes?! Still, it's nice to have the summary and useful if you use internet sites such as MyPlate to track your calorie intake and outgoing.

                To get the few problems that I have found out the way first - 1) is having enough time to do it (even though you can change the length of your work out from 15 to 30, 45 or 60 minutes) and 2) is having enough space. Moves like 'hustle up back' and 'double step touch' require more space than I have in my paltry bedroom and so I have to wait until the living room is clear for me to work out with it! I'm too self conscious to do my work out with other people in the room, and besides, I don't think they'd like it. Whereas with something like WiiFit, you can successfully blag using a small area to play it, with this one you really can't.

                The variety of exercises, backgrounds and music styles used in the game is really good and a definite plus as you can unlock different ones by doing more work outs, thus encouraging you to keep putting it on. Exercises vary from high intensity to low intensity and impact, depending on a range of factors - your goals, your number of work out, how you respond to the questions asked of you during your work out and how long the work out is. You can even unlock a yoga aspect; however I found this even harder than WiiFit Yoga and soon gave up! Music wise you start with one style and gradually reveal more as you do more workouts. Personally though, I stick it on HipHop, go into settings, turn the music off and then play music I like from my iPod speakers or Spotify. I've found Calvin Harris matches most beats very well!

                One thing that I should probably point out here and is the most useful tip I can give - make sure you have some water ready and waiting for when you do get a little rest break in the middle of your workout. Nothing worse than being all sweaty and tired and wanting a rest + drink to discover that you've not got one and so you spend the time pouring it and galloping it down! If you need to, sip it regularly. I use a sports bottle purely because I find it easier in the rest breaks to not slop down my front!

                I should really use this game more often, as it really does feel like you're working out and besides, I could use the exercise! I tend to stick it on Cardio permanently, so I should probably try some of the different work out options (such as 'Upper Body' and 'Muscle Gain'). Whilst it's not particularly motivating at times, and it sometimes gets a bit bland, it does it's job and I do find it supplements a healthy diet and active lifestyle well. Try not to use this as your primary source of exercise though!

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                  01.09.2009 12:34

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                  personally one of the best programs i have used so far

                  My fitness coach is a very good game for the wii, it is more like a fitness video trainer that is interactive, you can set goals and it gives you a level that you feel comfortable with, and during the program it stops to ask how you are getting on with it, if your finding your personal workout to easy, spot on, or to difficult,

                  The wii fitness coach actually works ... IF your motivated, it is pointless getting the wii fitness coach if you are not motivated, as it can be quite a tough workout, as i realized the day after, My muscles were aching and sore, but it is worth the money you pay for it, Just don't throw yourself in at the deep end the first day you have it like I did.

                  Also one thing is to make sure there is plenty of room to move around, it is pointless getting it if you have very little space as it moves around a fair bit, and it may take a little bit of time to get used to some of the moves

                  Hope this helped anyway

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                  26.08.2009 09:46
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                  All round good buy

                  Being a newby to Wii and wanting it purely for the fitness angle, i find My Fitness Coach as an excellent way to keep fit in the comfort of your own home. Set up a profile and measure yourself and you will open up a world of fun excercise that helps to shed those pounds and tone you up.

                  There are a variety of focuses, included Cardio, Upper Body, Core, Lower Body and flexibility and based on your fitness requirements, it guides you to the category it feels you should concentrate on for each workout. There is a choice of music to exercise to, from Dance and Latin to Hip Hop and 80's music, and a range of backgrounds for the workout, including a dojo which is my favourite, to urban rooftop and meditation garden. More of the music types and backgrounds open up as you progress.

                  The fitness calendar gives you the option to set the dates and amount of time you have available to exercise so you can control your own workout sessions. It also asks what equipment you have, and will incorporate the equipment into the workout.

                  After a number of sessions, it will then ask you to do a physical challenge,
                  including your resting pulse rate and then your rate after 2 minutes physical exersion. The programme also unlocks new moves. It can seem fairly monotonous but it does work. I have lost over 71bs in just over 6 weeks with this programme. The instructor will also ask you, after various exercises, if you are coping ok with it. If you reply that you couldn't keep up, then it does adjust the exercise programme for the next workout so you can keep up.

                  This was money well spent as it provides exercise the way i like it and i can pick and choose which part of the body i want to concentrate on. I would recommend My Fitness Coach to anyone who doesn't like the gym, and for people who do like it too, because it is a home workout that is fun. This review can also be found on ciao under flashjules 123 (my review)

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                  24.08.2009 22:55

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                  great value for money

                  My fitness coach is a great way to get into shape. i bought the game to help tone for my wedding and you can see the difference. When you first start the game and set up your profile you are asked to measure yourself. After doing the cardio training for 1 week i needed to measure myself again and it just showed the inches that were lost. as you go through the fitness routines it does stop and ask you questions on if you are working hard enough (after my first time of using it i thought it was too easy. It remebered my answers to my questions for the next time as it got harder!) The only down side i thought it did not connect to the wii fit board for weight measurements but i am sure there will be something out soon that will all like together. O found the game alot more challenging that the wii fit and really enjoy it as you can do this in your own house without having to make your way to an aerobics class. I do recoment it especially for the price.

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                  23.08.2009 21:38

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                  a good progression from wii fit

                  This game is really good if you are going to take wii fitness seriously. Wii fit is good and more fun but once you have reached the top level at each game there is no more progression. This game is more difficult than wii fit, you can't use the wii fit board to measure your progress and you have to weigh yourself seperately and input the data which is annoying if you don't have scales! Also the narration is annoyingly american. Advantages are that you have the option to use other aparatus you may already have like a fitness ball or weights which increases the intensity of the workout and gives you more variation to choose from so it does not get too boring! The yoga, in particular, is very different to the wii fit yoga so be prepared, I didn't feel the tutoring on the positions was as good as the wii fit, so better if you are already familiar with yoga.

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                  18.08.2009 09:59

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                  Wont beat the gym but a good compromise

                  I bought my fitness coach after enjoying the basic excersice games that are available with the wii Fit and thought this could be more of a challange, my main concern was that the routines would soon becomwe a bit repetative as i found with the wii Fit. However i was pleasantly surprised to find that it is much more varied and is alot more fun to do. There are routines available for not only the wii balance board but also just using the controllers. After a good stint playing this game i could really feel that it had worked out my arms and legs as well as feeling like i had just spent a good session at the gym. Like a lot of these games you Will need to work your way through the game in order to unlock other routines but i found that this became more challenging and rewarding. I also like the way that the game gives some good stats including how many callories you have burnt for each session although im not too convinced on how accurate this can actually be, but it still makes you feel good!

                  In my opinion it still cant beat going to a gym but its a very good compromise for those strapped for time or unable to get to a Gym.

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                  13.08.2009 17:33

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                  Excellent game for muscle toning and improving your fitness

                  This is an excellent game for those who want to get fit without having to join a gym. To get started you need to type in a detailed profile of yourself, e.g. height, weight etc. Before you have your first exercise session you must complete a fitness test, which the coach uses to work out a personalised training programme for you. You need to indicate which days of the week you are going to be exercising as well as the duration of your sessions. If you have more time you can increase your duration when you start the session. The coach, Maya, will suggest which sort of exercise you should be doing daily, but you can choose to ignore her advice and select a different session. The game tracks your progress and periodically gives you fitness tests to update your profile. The game unlocks different locations and music as rewards for sticking to the programme and exercising regularly.
                  You have the option of using hand-weights and a Pilates ball with the game. If you are going to do the yoga sessions it is advisable to have a yoga mat (the carpet or a towel is not a good replacement!).
                  There are only two negatives about the game: 1) the coach, Maya, can be very annoying! 2) you cannot indicate if you are struggling with a specific exercise (I cannot do push-ups!), it only asks you how you are finding a section of the exercises about every 5 minutes.
                  As you don't do the exercises with the Nunchuck or Wii remote, this game relies on your honesty while exercising. It will also tell you how many calories you have burned at the end of each session.
                  I use this game as a supplement to the EA Sports Active Personal Trainer as Wii Fitness Coach focuses more on cardio exercises. These 2 games make an excellent combination.
                  My Fitness Coach is a bargain at about £10.

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                  11.08.2009 13:46
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                  An excellent fitness game and well worth the £8.99 price tag!

                  After loving the Wii Fit game so much I decided that it was time to get another fitness game. I was worried that it was just going to be a cheap spin off of the popular Wii Fit game but it wasn't. This game is just £8.99 on Amazon which is an amazing buy! It really is worth the money and I would encourage you to try it out.
                  I do wish that this game had intergration with the Wii balance board because I believe that would have made it more enjoyable, personal opinion though. What I loved most about this game was that because there is almost 500 different exercises you never get bored. Some of the features include having a virtual fitness trainer! It is really is quite comic as it is so realistic! Your fitness trainer will give you advice and analyse you performance as you go so that you can see first hand how you are doing.
                  If you are serious about wanting to lose weight or get fitter I think this is a greta game and it combines fun with exercising. You can even listen to a selection of music whilst training, from hip hop to dance! As well as being able to change your enviromen and do yoga exercises. As you can see the game offers a lot and I would really recommend it, and at £8.99 it is a star buy! I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this.

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                My Fitness Coach is the latest in Nintendo's impressive line of games that prove video game entertainment can be both healthy and fun. Produced by UbiSoft exclusively for the Wii home game system, My Fitness Coach allows players to create, engage in and even track their very own fitness program.