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The Biggest Loser Game for the Wii is a workout game that came out in 2009, this game is made with the same kind of format as the very popular, The Biggest Loser tv show. I have always been into fitness so when this game became available I just had to buy it and give it a go. This game is packed with loads of helpful features that are designed to help you keep fit and have fun while doing so.
There is a range of different activities that you can take part in on this game to help you lead a healthier lifestyle and lose weight. You follow a fitness plan on this game that include a range of activities and some features on this game include workouts, recipes and challenges.
There is a great range of recipes on this game, including main meals and even deserts that are low fat and more appealing than I thought, one of the recipes on this game is Mini Apple Gingerbread Cupcakes, these are a healthier way to eat cupcakes and tasted really good, I plan to make more of the recipes on this game, and I am really looking forward to making the Frozen Strawberry Parfait.
There are over 100 different workouts on this game so there is really a great range of exercises to try so it is hard to get bored when you are working out. The workouts are really easy to get a hang of and are explained well, you simply copy what the people on the screen are doing. There is a calorie counter at the bottom of the screen that keeps track of how many you are burning up, I think that this is a really nice feature of the game as it motivates me to work harder and also makes me think twice before I eat something calorific like a chocolate bar or my personal weakness hobknob biscuits.
There are 4 different challenges on this game, they are Light cycle, Hang wire, Skate or splash and highfliers, these challenges are really difficult and can take a lot of practicing to get right, these games bring out my competitive side as I want to complete them in the best way possible and I have spent quite a long time working on them.
There is also a range of fitness tips to help you with your fitness plan, you can play this game without the Wii Remote if you choose to, though you can use the Wii Balance Board for a few of the exercises and also if you have them at home, you can use an exercise board and restraint bands.
Your fitness regime is recorded on a calendar where you can view your current and previous weights along with what activities you have took part in, in the past.
Your weight is taken on this game in the same format as the tv show, your last weight and your present weight are shown on the scales so then you can see how much you have lost/gained since your previous session, this for me is very helpful as I can then evaluate what I have been doing in between weight gains and losses. The weight is measured in this game with the use of the Wii Balance Board.
The interface on this game is really easy to understand and it does not take long to navigate through to where you want to go in the game from the title screen. The only drawbacks that I can think of for this game is perhaps the graphics aren't that great however I think that cartoon style graphics are all part of Nintendo's charm.
You can buy The Biggest Loser in Game, HMV, GameStop or online. When I bought this game it cost me around £35, however I can see it online for around £20, which is a great deal as you'll get plenty of play for your money.
I think that this is a great game for anyone who wants to get fit, it is much more serious than Wii Fit and the workouts are more intense. I am currently following my workout plan and really enjoying it, this game for me is a much better alternative to the gym (mainly because I hate the gym! :D)
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Bought this game on a whim one night at ASDA in my non stop quest to get fit! I had watched the television show a few times and knew the trainers on there were fierce, so thought this game might be the workout I needed. I had had enough of wii fit, but liked that this game has the option of using the wii fit board as well as the remote.
The game is fun, but it is hard work. It gives lots of information and tips about nutritional information as well as exercise, which is really useful and eye opening. This game can really make you work up a sweat and it definitely burns calories (the game calculates it for you).
Price: You can pick this game up on Amazon for about £9 at the moment, not a lot of money really. The price of two exercise classes perhaps.
Game Play: There are a few options with this game which are;
Single exercises - these come in three difficulty ratings and are categorised into the part of the body they help. The use either the remote or the wii board to complete, but the wii board is optional.
Exercise routines - which also come in three difficulty ratings and are categorised into parts of the body or full body workouts. They start at 8 mins and progress through to about 30 mins.
For both of these you select a biggest loser contestant to represent you and then they do the moves along side a trainer, which is who you mirror whilst doing the moves.
Then there are also challenges which are a bit more fun. For example one of them is where your character is suspended on a high wire and they have to cross to the other end then release some balloons. the exercises you do help them progress through the course or challenge. they are competing against the computer, so in order to win you have to try hard and put effort into the exercises.
You also have the option of setting your own training programme by selecting the exercises that appeal to you. You can also weight yourself, set goals and track progress as part of the calendar option. Although you can only weight yourself if you have a wii balance board)
Results: This game definitely works my muscles, can make me out of breath and i think would be a great method of exercising at home.
My only negative is that its quite a slow game, no music etc to get you motivated, but thats not a huge issue. If your looking to exercise more without the hassle of leaving the house, why not check this out. its well worth the £10!
I have a wide variety of fitness games for my Wii, because I like to mix up my exercise to avoid getting bored. One of the games I'd had my eye on was The Biggest Loser, and I managed to pick it up for around £9 probably a year ago.
I do quite like the TV show, and the trainers always seem tough and strict, so I thought that hopefully the exercises would be more challenging than some of the other Wii games out there (e.g. Wii Fit Plus). The game is cheapest to buy online, and is in the form of a disc in a white plastic case. You also get a short manual telling you a bit about the game.
The Biggest Loser game is actually much more tightly integrated with the TV show than I expected. It's based on the US version of the TV show, so you can choose Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper as your trainer. I think the characters are actually voiced by the TV trainers, and I thought this was a good touch. Their voices aren't annoying, but if you want to hear what they sound like than just go to YouTube and search for an episode of the TV show.
When you start the game, you get a screen which shows the available player profiles on the left, and behind that is a computer-generated scene from The Biggest Loser compound. It's a lovely garden with a house, and does look like a nice place to work out.
The first thing you do is set up your profile with your name, height, weight, etc. I was quite surprised that I had to choose a character from a season of The Biggest Loser to represent me, and I think it would have been nicer if there were different sizes of characters to choose from or ideally if you could create your own. As I didn't watch The Biggest Loser religiously, the characters don't really mean anything to me. I found it extremely demoralising to have to choose what is probably a 20-30 stone character to represent me when I don't weigh anywhere near as much as that.
The range of exercises is good, and you can pick and mix a few or set up an ongoing challenge, where exercise days and routines are scheduled for you. This was the one I was more interested in as I do find it more motivational. It was easy enough to set it all up, and you give a reason why you're doing it (e.g. to lose weight), which gives you a more custom workout with exercises targeted to meet your goals. I chose a 'Medium' difficulty (the options are Easy, Medium and Hard) and selected the option to start my workout.
Although I'd been working on higher difficulty settings on EA Active prior to starting, I did find the workouts very intense. At first I was delighted because I was out of breath and sweating straight away, really giving my heart and body a workout. After the first few minutes though, I started to feel frustrated. On the screen you see your trainer effortlessly working out - fair enough - but then next to her was my massively overweight alter ego, pumping her fat arms and bending her knees effortlessly. There's no way that someone that overweight would find these exercises so easy, and it started to really get on my nerves! If she was either not there or looked like she was worn out (like Davina McCall in her DVDs), then I'd feel a lot better about it!
As it was, the graphics were fine, the exercises were fine, the registering of the exercises were fine - but I just couldn't get into it. For those who are interested, exercises ranged from things like press ups to lunges to jogging and so on. There's not really a break between each set, so you have to move quite fast to get from a floor exercise to jogging for example. Also, the trainers don't show you the moves beforehand/as you start like in EA Active, although I imagine this is less of a problem once you get used to the exercises or if you're more co-ordinated than me. It's not really mentioned, but you need a yoga mat for this if you care about your joints and/or don't want carpet burn.
Each week, you're expected to attend a weigh in, where you're most likely to get eliminated unless you're either a) over 20 stone and following the programme religiously or b) literally not eating anything. Again, this just seems to have the aim of being demoralising for people who aren't massively obese.
The other half of the game is focused on eating. You can choose a meal plan and get an estimated number of calories. There are also quite a few suggested recipes on offer, which I've never actually tried because I thought they were, for the most part, pretty ridiculous. Suggesting desserts with cream just seems silly for people trying to lose weight, and none of the recipes are particularly healthy versions of anything, just standard meals such as spaghetti Bolognese. This is another clue that the game is really intended for hugely obese people who don't have any ideas about nutrition or sensible eating. If I followed the recipes, I'd be gaining weight.
I ended up restarting my exercise regime on Easy, and whilst it is easier going and still quite a challenge, I didn't find it as fun as any of my other fitness games (EA Active & More Workouts, Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, My Fitness Coach Dance Workout and a couple of others). So for that reason I found it really hard going. There also seemed to be a bit of a clash going on, because the food and meals section seems to be aimed at obese people, but I think that an obese person would find it very difficult to complete the exercise sections as suggested.
Having said that, the exercises do give you a proper workout, but there are too many annoying elements for me for this to be a game I come back to. It's just not particularly fun or motivational. However, if you're got 10 stone to lose then you might enjoy this game, ditto if you're a big fan of The Biggest Loser. Otherwise, EA Active is much more rewarding and has a better range and layout for exercises.
I am a huge fan of the TV show the biggest loser so when I discovered there was a Wii game I was immediately interested. I did read a few reviews and they all seemed very positive although quite vague.
I managed to purchase a copy of the game from Play.com market place for only £6 just before my birthday in August. I was dying to start but kept it on the shelf about a week till after my birthday weekend.
Setting up the game
Before you begin you should answer the fitness quiz in the booklet. This is normal questions that look at whether you need to seek medical advice before starting this program. If you do have any concerns about exercising it is worth visiting your GP to ensure it is safe to exercise.
Monday morning I loaded the game and began the set up. The game does give you an option to either work with the Wii balance board or without. As I already own the board I opted to use it. The game does advise that the balance board will be shown in exercises whether you do select the board or not.
To set up a game you add your name then you get to choose your team colour which is the same colours as used in the TV show and I selected purple simply as it was my favourite colour. You then get to select to be a TV character. I have only watched the last series so as unaware that most of the contestants were but chose Michelle as her facial features seemed closest to me. You then have various choices to make of why you want to do the program from a choice of options: to lose a little weight, a lot of weight or to be healthier. I chose to lose a lot of weight. You do need to choose a level beginner, intermediate and expert. It does advise the beginner if you are just getting started. Finally you chose how long you want to run the program from a choice of four, eight or twelve weeks. As I usually only last a couple of weeks on a diet before failing four weeks seemed a quite long target anyway but I remained optimistic.
There is a quick set up option but as these characters are with you for the foreseeable future it is worth the effort to go through set up the long way.
Playing the game
Once you have set up it is time to continue to the game. The game is set into various sections.
Health and Lifestyle
Continue the game
When you continue the game you have a further four options
Additional training logged
Today's training/ Challenge Event
In today's calories it gives you your daily calories allowance and then a section to add your daily calories. It goes through meals and snacks and will give you a click option for light, medium and large breakfast for example then you cans scroll to your exact calories. This is an option I haven't used much as I struggle to find time to even work out my calories never mind turn my Wii on and add them. I may do breakfast then it seems to pass me by for the rest of the day.
Additional training logged
This gives you an option to add to the game any additional training you has completed other than the planned training. If you do additional exercise on the Biggest loser game then this is automatically logged in this area. It would be easier if you could go back the next day rather than loading the game simply to log your additional exercise.
Today's training /challenge events
The training is planned and it can be viewed in advance on your calendar. There is a method to change your Dates but I spend so long trying to work this out and go round in circles that if I miss a training session I go back to find out what I have missed and complete it so it is simply logged in additional training. The challenge events happen once a week before the weigh in.
The challenge events are high energy challenges that most are in rounds and you compete to move up the leader board. They do tend to combine a couple of activities you have been using in your training sessions.
Weigh in and Elimination
This is scheduled in for once a week and you see yourself stood as your character on the large weighing scale as in the TV show. Your weight loss for the week is shown and if you are in the bottom two of percentage weigh loss then you face elimination .If you are not you have to chose a contestant to be eliminated.
This is opportunity to add other players.
Health and Lifestyle
This gives you menu options of healthy recipes which you can pick meals from a choice of breakfasts, healthy snacks, lunches, Main dishes, sides and deserts. Although I don't particularly use this it is useful for inspiration about how to cut down the calories in your meals.
There a tips button which you can scroll through tips on your particular interest at that time. It even includes some video tips. These are by Bob and Jillian and I really find these useful. The only annoying fact with these are they replay the same tip over again until you click on the arrows to change tips rather than been able to simply watch them through.
The Calorie calculator is a bit of a mystery to me .Your recommended calories are already written into your plan so I have no idea why this function even exists.
You do get the opportunity to practise for the challenge events.
There are four events
Hang wire Skate or splash and highfliers
These are very hard work and the practise for these are not scheduled into your workout plan so you can either do them fresh on your weigh in days or do some practise which is additional exercise.
Single exercised is my pet hate. I would much rather follow a routine than individually pick one exercise after another so it is a section I never use. It is however split up into the same sections as the training routines to look for the exercise you want to complete.
The final section is in your settings where you can edit your details.
I set myself up as a player and eagerly chose my trainer. You have a choice of Bob and I chose Jillian as she is the toughest trainer and I wanted someone to push me.
I started at beginners level as I do feel quite unfit despite having been playing on the Wii fit plus. The Exercise program shows the planned exercise that day. I followed the exercise session with Gillian leading but with Bob voice over's to give additional encouragement. You do recognise some of their phrases from the TV show and when Jillian says "Are you quitting on me "I always feel the need to reassure her I am not. The routine was a combination of exercises both on and off the balance board and standing s and floor work. I have on a few occasions missed the change in exercise as there are not always verbal cues and in some positions it is difficult to watch the screen. I found from the very beginning I broke out into a sweat which was something very rare in Wii fit. The initial exercise routines can be a full body work out, upper body, core or lower as well as a Yoga routine. The routines in beginners begin with ten minutes but some sessions are longer. Although you do have warm up and cool down this is additional time. I found after the first day when I woke up the next morning I could feel that I had used muscles that hadn't been used in a long time. I worked with it practised challenge events which did require a large burst of energy. I found that as unfit as I was at the beginning I was reaching about 7th out of eight. I also followed my own diet which composed of making smaller meals, cutting down a little on carbs and generally trying to eat healthier food. I do try and avoid processed food so have not used convenience food.
After a week of exercise and diet it was time for the official challenge and the first challenge I did required a lot of jogging on the spot raising your legs pulling your arms up in the air. In my first challenge I came 6th and felt very pleased but was also quite relieved that I was knocked out as I felt pretty much out of breath. It is followed straight away by the weigh in .The only disappointment in this your new weight does flash up on the scales before they then flick to the guess the weight. You weight is put up with the other contestants and like the show you are put on a biggest loser list to see who has the lowest percentage weight loss that week. The first week I lost 4Lbs which I was really pleased with however that did still leave me in the bottom two. I wasn't eliminated on this occasion but I did feel a little disappointed I was in the bottom two.
On week two I found the exercise was starting to get easier but still felt pushed. I loved the yoga routine which on previously not enjoying on the Wii fit but I do think that may be partly down to there is no routine it is simply select one position at a time. I didn't have a great week diet wise but did win my first challenge. I was hoping I might win immunity or something similar like in the show but sadly winning was a little bit of a letdown as I was top of the leader board but didn't even get Jillian or Bob to even comment. On my weigh in I only lost 1LB and unsurprisingly was eliminated. This didn't put my off as I simply set up another week
I started my week well but exercise was a struggle this week as my son was poorly with a virus which I then caught .I did find I had planned exercise on the Wednesday and I couldn't do it till my son was in bed and actually by the time he was in bed the training session had lapsed so although I did the same exercise and it was logged it clearly expects you to do it earlier in the day. I did just about manage to do my challenge and had lost 5Lbs although a great loss I felt it was more to do with not eating through illness than actual exercise. I also discovered that when you are not in the bottom two you get to chose who to eliminate out of the bottom two.
I completely lost momentum after my virus and felt tired and didn't really exercise and even missed my weigh in .Unlike the Wii game you don't have any option to weigh yourself outside of the weigh in.
I started at the gym this week and had my first workout which my legs ached afterwards but did feel I would not have done as well as I had if I had not been following the biggest loser. I did still follow the biggest loser exercise program as well and even when my legs ached after the gym I was able to do an upper body workout. I didn't know what would happen with the weigh in as I had missed a week but did discover a loophole that your two weeks weight loss was taken into account but I did have a big loss and actually had lost a stone in five weeks.
This was my final week on this game as I had programmed it in for four weeks and was delighted to get to the end. Diet wise I did really well but my exercise sessions were limited simply as I had a very busy week and also spent a morning up the minor injuries unit as I had a piece of glass in my foot so it made it painful to walk on my foot. I did do well diet wise as I was so busy and went swimming with my son as it was a way of getting some exercise without the pain of walking. My last week I lost 6 lbs according to the biggest loser but when I checked my weight on the Wii fit I had only lost 3lbs so am not sure where the inaccuracies came from but I do think the three pounds is more likely to be accurate. I did however win the biggest loser and received voice over congratulations saying I had done what I had set out to do by Bob.
A new program
I have started again a new program and this time set up at intermediate level. I have done this as I was finding the exercise easy which in itself is an achievement. The exercise routines that are structured into the training are longer and the easier exercises are removed. There are a couple of new exercises added to the routine and after my first exercise session I discovered that I had even more muscles that clearly aren't been used.
This has been the best exercise program I have ever started. Although I don't currently follow the biggest loser diet it does encourage me to think about what I am eating and address my attitude to food. I also do feel Jillian is someone I am able to be pushed by without feeling resentful. I am guilty of getting really annoyed with people on celeb DVD's telling me to work harder but I know she is the best at what she does. This DVD has made me fitter and I am now overweight rather than obese in six weeks. I have more energy for playing and running around with my son and feel healthier in myself. I am actually wearing clothes that previously didn't fit.
Although there are a couple of glitches in the program it is one that really works for me. I do have a long way to go to reach my goal but am confident I have started the road to a healthier lifestyle. I personally cannot recommend this game highly enough.
This game is currently £15.20 but £7.99 on play.com so it is worth shopping around.
This is the other game I bought in a 2 for £30 in Argos at the beginning of the year, the other being Just Dance (see other review).
I have been on a bit of a health kick since sometime last year and have gone a bit mad with fitness games and dvd's so I have a few to review!
The Biggest Looser USA Version is a fab weight loss game, if you haven't got time to go to the gym due to work, kids etc. Then these games are perfect for you.
There are 3 different fitness programme difficulties to choose from.
Beginner, Intermediate and Expert, obviously if your new too excercise start at Beginner and work your way up.
Choose the duration you would like your fitness programme to be. You can even take a 12 week programme but less if you want.
On your calender you will be able to review any workouts, goals etc, so you keep track of everything you do. You can also keep an eye on when the next challenge or weigh in is going to happen.
You get a Daily Log where you log your calories for the day, any additional training, the training or challenge event, and your weigh-in.
This helps as you can see what your doing well at and what not.
There's a Health and Lifestyle section with healthy recipes and tips and advice from the professionals.
You can workout at your own level so where you feel comfortable and you can choose different things to work on - Full body, upper body, core, lower body and you can do Yoga. You can also custom your own routine.
There's lots of different events that you have to perform and they can feel a bit much when you first start out but in turn you feel better at pushing yourself to do the harder things.
On screen you follow your coach's instuctions and you do the exercises laid out. It's pretty easy to follow and does work.
This game can be used with or without a wii Balance Board.
Available from Amazon priced at just £7.99, also available at any other good game retailers.
Now let me tell you I own probably every fitness wii game going and this one is by far the hardest! Its based on the American Biggest Looser tv show where over weight people battle it out to loose weight.
This is suppost to be a 'game' however it is like doing a really hard exercise dvd except you can't cheat and rest because the wii board and controllers know what you are doing. Having tried other wii exercise games wii fit, ea active, fitness first, my health coach. I expected this to be the same be warned it is not. I did set it on the hard mode though.
You start off being weighed and entering you statistics onto the wii memory you then you join The Biggest Loser challenge. You work out and it does mean workout not just spin a hula hoop or lightly jog. You will do squats, lunges, knee lifts push ups etc it's not a game for fun let me tell you. There are a number of structured work outs for you take part in and then a special weekly challenges, oh the joy by this point I really did feel like I was on the show crawling across a line and chopping a balloon free. You also have weekly weigh-ins and eliminations if you badly so be warned.
You can personalize the programme to meet your needs your able to set the challenge length and difficulty this is where I went wrong setting it on the hardest lol that will teach me to think I am fitter than I am. You can also set goals weight loss, toning etc you can pick your trainer Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels from the show feature on the game. You are also able to make up your own routines.
The game also has added features like healthy lifestyle tips and 50 healthy recipes for you to try.
The game also allows you to train with someone else so you can get a competition going with family members to see who the biggest looser in your house is.
Overall although it worked me hard it is enjoyable and I would say if you keep it up this game would definitely help you loose weight I lost 4ib playing it for 2 weeks. My problem is I get bored to easily and chop and change what I like to do for exercise every other week.
The game is easy to follow the graphics are pretty basic but then again you don't really need a load of special effects for working out. It was also frustrating sometimes that I couldn't seem to get my wii remote in the right position for some of the games so I kept failing.
A great workout, not one for those looking for a fun game. It can be purchased now for a little as £8 on amazon this may be due to the workout factor lol.
The Biggest Loser TV show comes to the Wii! This keep-fit game allows you to become a Biggest Loser contestant and mirrors the TV show as closely as is feasible in the comfort of your new home. You need a Wii balance board if you want the game to record your weight and to use during the workouts but you can play with just a Wii remote and Nunchuk or two Wii remotes (which is preferable as you don't have to worry about the lead that connects the nunchuk getting in the way).
You choose a character (a contestant who has previously won the game in real life) and create a profile for youself. You decide on your fitness level (as there are beginner, intermediate and expert categories), how many calories you wish to burn, in what timeframe and whch trainer out of Bob or Gillian you would prefer to have. Once your profile is complete you can start. It is up to you whether you play this as a game or just to workout when and how you want (although playing the game in my opinion is a large part of what makes this work out fun and diferent from other games).
You get a lot of health and nutritional tips as you go through which is helpful and depending on how in to it all you are you can record your calories to see whether you can stay within their recommended daily calorie intake which depends on how much weight you are after losing.
The workouts (if playing the game) occur on alternate days which is good as it gives the body a rest. After a week you compete in a challenge and then have the weigh-in and elimination. I have as yet not been eliminated so if you I don't know what happens (guess you just start from scratch).
Your chosen character starts off at their heaviest weight and whatever you lose is trebled for them. As the weight comes off you the weight then comes off them which is quite amusing to see!
I really enjoyed playing the actual game. Don't get me wrong though, the workouts are tough and done in circuit form of which in the beginner and intermediate levels are repeated either two or three times. I have yet to do the expert level! Also, the workouts focus on fat burning and toning at the same time and core work features in a great deal of the workouts so your tummy muscles are getting a workout most of the time so you are getting a good overall body workout at once.
The only thing I was a little disappointed in was as to whether the Wii Board accurately gaged my weight loss. It seemed more generous than my own bathroom scales although they agreed I was losing but just not as much! I would however definitely recommend this as an alternative to the usual celebrity weight loss DVDs.
Thanks for reading. x
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If you are looking for a game then steer clear of this product however if you are looking to shed some much needed weight, stengthen and tone all within the comfort of your own home then this is the product for you.
In brief this game simulates the TV Show with both male and trainers from the show giving you pep talks thoughout and instructing you to enable you to achieve. The 'game' sets up an 8 week plan for fitness with days of training, days off and weigh in 'elimination' days. As you assume a character from the the his weightloss is symbolic of your own and of course if you fail and face elimination you have to hope your fellow losers support you or you will need to start the 8 week program again.
This game is better than its major rival wii fit as it offers a proper plan for weightloss and muscle toning helping you mix workouts with counting calories and health and diet advice. THere is a competitive edge which acts as a good encouragement and personally i would endorse it as working.
Within my first 4 weeks of using it i have lost 9lbs and feel stronger and fitter.
Best home fitness product out there.
After receiving a Wii balance board for Christmas, I was interested to try out a game other than Wii Fit Plus which utilises the board. HMV gift card in hand I trotted off to pick up The Biggest Loser, a game which I had heard good things about and at the sale price of £15 I wasn't spending any of my own money on.
In case, like me, you haven't actually seen the TV show this game is based on, it follows a group of seriously overweight contestants as they compete to lose weight. This game makes you another contestant, as you strive to lose weight and win challenges.
I had been using Wii Fit for a couple of weeks but I'll admit that even though I am fairly unfit the only game that actually made me remotely break a sweat was Rhythm Boxing. I was sure in for a shock when I did my first Biggest Loser workout!
When playing the game for the first time you set up your profile and choose a trainer out of the show's two presenters, and choose a past contestant to represent yourself on screen. You then have to enter in your height and weight, the balance board is not used for this as you can actually play the game just using a remote.
Once that is dealt with, you can decide if you just want to do a workout or take part in the fitness program. If you just want to work out, you can choose from five intensity levels each of which have several different workouts to choose from ordered by which part of the body you want to work, or create a custom routine.
If you want to do the fitness programme, you are shown a calendar and choose the duration (one to three months) you wish to commit to. You also decide whether you want to lose weight, exercise for better health, etc. The calendar then shows you which days you are required to exercise, and when you log in that day it has a workout ready for you. Of course you can always come back on any other day and it will log your exercise. Each day you are given a challenge such as eating one wholegrain food or eating your next meal more slowly, which you can choose to accept or not. You will have a weekly weigh-in and challenge before "elimination" against other contestants.
One thing that makes this game a more complete package than other exercise games is that you can enter activity you have done elsewhere (going to the gym, taking a walk etc), calories consumed in the day (the programme automatically tells you how many you should be eating) and even receive tips on diet and lifestyle. There is a recipe section with snacks, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, although the only one I have tried out didn't work very well! That could very easily be my fault though!
Now onto the main attraction, the exercise. This game isn't about being flashy and fun in the graphics and music, there's a boring gym background and fairly dull soundtrack. But it's certainly serious about getting you whipped in shape if that's what you want. The workouts range from 12 to 70 minutes of varying intensity. I find that even after the warm-up I'm certainly that, warm! Although I've chosen to enter into the beginner programme at present, and I could probably dig a little deeper and step it up (I sometimes choose harder workouts on days there's nothing pre-selected for me) I always finish feeling as though I've sweated and I can feel it in my muscles the next day!
The workouts are in circuits, and inbetween each one you are prompted to catch your breath and get a sip of water. Believe me, sometimes I need more than a sip! I like the fact that you can keep track of how many circuits to go and how much longer in the circuit you have left by the icon in the corner. It also counts down for each exercise. One thing I do like is that if I am doing a move I find particularly difficult or just don't like, it never makes you do one thing for TOO long. It also seems to mix very energetic moves with on the floor toning exercises well you get a "sit down" just when you feel like you need it!
A few negatives - while the trainers aren't as annoying as many exercise videos, etc, the sound sometimes gets stuck on a loop and you might hear the same line three times in a row! And while I like that they don't do repetitive, overlong explanation on each move, and after the first circuit just get on with it, sometimes that means you don't realise you've moved on if you are on the floor doing something where you can't see the screen!
The system doesn't always pick up movements very well either. There is a rating for how well you carry out each exercise, and sometimes I will end up with one or two stars knowing full well I have done the exercises correctly! But, like any fitness game, you could easily cheat if you wanted to and you're only cheating yourself, so it's best not to take any notice of this rating system.
Just like it's best to ignore the totally erratic calorie tracker. While I can work out for 30 minutes on Wii Fit and not break a sweat for "150 calories", busting my ass on the Biggest Loser for the same amount of time will supposedly burn me about 30?! I think not...if you know you're tired and you worked hard, you know it did some good!
One last thing, the competitive aspect of the game is pretty redundant for me. As you are competing against hugely obese past contestants, if you are not in the same situation you are not going to lose such vast amounts, so don't feel bad about coming in last!
All in all, a very nice game with plenty of features. It mixes it up enough to keep you coming back, and with the calendar and pre-selected workouts it means you are able to get your exercising done very quickly, unlike Wii Fit where you have to go through loading screens and tutorials before getting to the good stuff! Not only that, but this is much more accessible for people of all fitness levels giving you plenty of room for improvement and accomplishment.
You can buy The Biggest Loser for £13.50 on Amazon at the moment, or a RRP of £20 from any good game store. I think this is a small price to pay for your own personal trainer in the comfort of your living room!
With the huge wave of fitness games being released on the Wii of late (much like the old video and dvd fitness releases used to be) it is now becomming more and more difficult to know which one is best suited to your needs.
I spotted this game on Play.com for £9.99 the other day and so decided to give it a chance even though I have never watched the show itself or know much of its trainers. I already have a few fitness games for the Wii including Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, My Fitness Coach Cardio Workouts and more but decided that the best way to not get bored and out of the swing of things was to try to have a variety so that I could move onto another game if I felt boredom coming.
So what are my impressions of this game? Well the first thing that I noticed is in the introduction video it is described as an interactive fitness programme and so this imediately made me feel this was not just some silly game but that the people behind this wanted it to be focussed on results.
Entering into the game it is much like anything in that you need to set up a profile in order to save your progress but in this you also are asked to select a character from the game in order to show the weight loss happening as you progress throughout the game.
I registered, selected a character and then moved onto selecting a trainer with my option being the female trainer. I decided to set my goals and opt for a 4 week programme in order to get a feel for the game and moved onto having a workout session which lasted 20 minutes and was fairly intense for a first workout with it obvious that this is not here to make you feel good about wanting to lose the weight but more so about pushing you to make the improvements (this is something I am guessing maybe the same as the show itself).
The training regime I did included the use of my Wii balance board and had such exercises as squats, side steps, wood chopping and more in a set out regime where the trainer is doing the exercise with you (you being the character you selected) and telling you to keep it up and give it your best as you see stars appearing to show you are doing well and a calorie loss counter also going at the bottom of the screen (all too slow for all of us I know).
The game has good graphics and is well thought out but if you are looking for a nice easy workout then this is not for you but if like me you are being serious about weight loss then this may well give you some good results.
- Intensive workout programmes
- Good graphics and sound
- Simple to navigate layout
- Recipe ideas and more make this more than just a workout game
- Game is merchandise of hugely popular show which is known for getting results
- Very intensive workouts so not for those who aren't committed
This game is one which I am sure will give excellent weight loss results but may not offer the fun factor of many of the other fitness games out there so think carefully before going with thie option.
I'm already a fan of The Biggest Loser TV show, and Jillian's 2009 fitness ultimatum Wii game, so I was bound to be excited when I discovered this game was coming out!
I received it as a gift for my birthday and I'm so impressed. The game allows you to build a profile, work out how much weight you want to lose, how many calories you should be eating a day and choose your exercise level. You then compete against previous contestants from the TV show in challenges and weigh-ins, just like on TV! You have a personalised work out calendar so you can see in advance when your one to one workouts with Jillian or Bob will be (you can choose which trainer you have) and the workouts vary (upper, lower, full body and core stength). Most of the workouts are arranged in circuits, and if you have been laughing in the face of the workouts on the Wii Fit, that is about to change! These workouts are much harder than those of the Wii Fit and even Jillian's fitness ultimatum, and you can feel them working!
There are recipes to make healthy meals all telling you the calorie and fat content etc, video tips from Bob and Jillian and futher suggestions from previous contestants to help you on your weight loss journey.
I have had my first weigh-in, and I lost 1lb. It doesn't seem like much, but I don't think it's bad considering I spent the whole of my birthday weekend eating out and drinking cocktails! I'm hoping for bigger results on the scales next week!
If you have a Wii and want to lose weight, I'd definately give this a go!