Product Type: Ubisoft Wii games
Newest Review: ... 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 getti... more
Want an at-home fitness trainer on the cheap? This is probably your best option!
My Fitness Coach - Get In Shape (Wii)
Member Name: dippykitty
My Fitness Coach - Get In Shape (Wii)
Advantages: Don't need to be that fit to use it, can vary your workouts, can increase or decrease intensity
Disadvantages: Maya's stock phrases can be annoying after a while
***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.
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 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.
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).
Summary: Meet my personal trainer!
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