Product Type: Ubisoft Wii games
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Your Shape with Camera (Wii)
Member Name: laramax
Your Shape with Camera (Wii)
Advantages: You can see how you are doing and can use it free of the remote
Disadvantages: The camera makes it more expensive than most Wii games
I do love my Wii and I especially love using it to keep fit and healthy so it was always likely that something like this product would appeal to me. Your Shape describes itself as 'fitness focused on you' and the pack comes complete with a little camera which they claim 'scans your body, detects your movement and makes exercise 100% controller free'. It sounded good to me and was available from Amazon for £38.99 so I thought it would make an interesting early Christmas present from me to me!
Out of the box
This product is made by Ubisoft and licensed by Nintendo. As with all this type of software there is a disc included, some basic instructions plus with this product you also get a little camera that fits on to of your TV.
The camera has a USB connection which just plugs into the back of the Wii Console (the console needs to be powered off when you plug it in) and apart from that it needs no other setting up to speak of. Just load the disc into the console and away you go.
Getting to know the software
It is all very simple indeed. First you need to feed in some basic details about yourself, name, height and weight and then the camera will scan your body to assess your body shape. You are advised to make sure there is no movement in the background from children or pets and to ensure that there is good contrast between your clothing and the background. According to Your Shape I am a body shape B - which is probably somewhat influenced by the fact that I was wearing a thick sweatshirt and baggy trousers when I first used it. I am hoping at some point it will do a retest at which point I will try to be wearing something more close fitting - it would have been helpful if I could force it to do a retest but so far I haven't found a way short or re-registering myself which is frustrating. It could be that over time it will offer a retest but it hasn't so far after just a week of use.
Once it has your details you have the option of setting up a calendar for your exercise routine and choosing how long to exercise each day. Each day when you start your exercise you can pick which part of your body you want to exercise and to choose whether you want to tone or go for strength or burn. It also has special workout programmes to help you make the most of your workout and it even has a yoga choice.
As you exercise the instructor appears on screen showing you how to do the exercises and as you follow her you can see yourself alongside her on your TV screen and can check if you are following her correctly. If you aren't then a message will flash on the screen to tell you your arms aren't right or your legs aren't right so that you have time to correct them. It seems to work out pretty well although I find there are times when I think I am doing it right but it doesn't recognise it - that could be caused by the wrong lighting or poor contrast with the background, sometimes in my case it is because the puppy has decided to dance along!
The exercises are very similar to those on My Fitness Coach (which I think is an excellent piece of software) which isn't surprising as it is from the same manufacturer. The routines vary every time to go to them so that you don't get bored and the end of each session they give you feedback about how you have done and how many calories you have burned. There is also feedback about the 'distance covered and weight lifted' - I am not sure what that means exactly but it does give an impression of the extent of the workout you have had.
My view of the software
It is certainly true that when you are exercising you can do so 100% controller free which I find is very convenient. You just get started and then let the software do the rest. I do get a little frustrated sometimes if it doesn't detect my movement properly and thinks I am standing still when I am working quite hard but as I said earlier it could be because I am not working against a plain background.
I love the variety of the exercises but would appreciate being able to change the back ground and the music from time to time as you can with other software. Because I also have My Fitness Coach the exercises aren't new to me but they do give a good workout.
I did worry about where I would put the camera on my flat screen TV but it was fine as the camera has a little hinged bracket at the base which easily sits on the top edge and it hasn't moved at all in use.
Would I recommend it?
Yes I would if you want to exercise without having to keep picking up and putting down the remote. It only allows for you to register four users so it might be limiting if you have a big family and only one person can work out at once.
However if you are on a tight budget and aren't worried about the camera (or don't want to watch yourself exercising on your own TV) then I suggest you buy My Fitness Trainer as you will get a very similar workout.
This review has also been published on Ciao by laramax
Summary: Have fun and watch how you are doing