Product Type: 505 Games Wii games
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A good way to dance Zumba style in your own home!
Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii)
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii)
Advantages: Tiring, good game modes, calorie counter
Disadvantages: No progress indicator, gimmicky section allowing you to chose instructors clothing
The thing that I like about this game is it definitely gives you the opportunity to work from a beginners level and increase as you become more confident with the game. You can start with a short class which is around 20 minutes long and increase to a mid level class (around 45 minutes) increasing up to the full length 60 minute class. Within each level of class you can also choose the intensity of the workout which was perfect for me. The levels are low, medium and high and I found as a total beginner I could complete the short 20 minute class at a low intensity and this was enough for a couple of classes a week for around 10 days. After this my confidence had increased and although I didn't increase the length of the class I did increase the intensity. I was able to do this for around a month and I had worked up to 45 minute long class twice a week at medium intensity. I currently burn around 350 calories for a 45 minute session which is certainly better than nothing! I haven't so far been able to increase the length to 60 minutes yet as I will probably pass out! The class follows a number of routines which you must follow and there is an option to learn in greater detail the dance moves within the routine. I find that I am able to follow them well enough to increase my fitness levels and complete the class without having to play them on the loop, although this is helpful for some of the more complex steps. Another handy option here is to have the routine shown at normal speed or have this reduced to half speed so you can follow the steps easily and pick them up. I would recommend this option for people who are wanting to learn the technical parts of the routines rather than just play the game and get fit.
Much like other fitness games for the Wii, you have the option to save your weight within your own personalised profile, however their isn't a programme to actually weigh you within the game. What the game does do however is monitor how many times you play the game, for how long and the intensity, which gives you an approximate burn rate and amount of calories lost per session. This is a really useful tool and although you have to weigh yourself independently of the game and input this every now and then, you can see your fitness increasing and weight hopefully reducing. Be warned that the weight is displayed in Kilograms, although I find this useful as the scales I use regularly are displayed in Kg's. The statistics section also lets you see how many minutes you have completed in the current week and the calories burnt in each session. This is handy to see which session was the most effective at burning calories. The option to add your favourites to a 'playlist' is perfect for adding ones workouts that you like the best and also ones where you know it was more effective at burning calories. You can also rename the workout and call it whatever you like.
The execution of the game is fairly simple and follows Just Dance in that it shows you the next move. To make sure you are following the moves correctly you wear a belt around your waist which holds the Wii remote and highlights a symbol when you execute the move correctly. I must point out that the belt and the remote should have been rethought as it often doesn't pick up my dance move even though I couldn't be shaking my hips and wiggling my ass anymore if I tried! You are then given a percentage rate at the end of the game to tell you how well you completed the class. This is really useful as it gives you a goal to work towards the next time you play. As you improve and achieve higher scores or burn a set amount of calories, new routines are opened up and also scenes where the class takes place (such as on a yacht or at a pool party which mixes up the routines a little).
The game mixes different dance styles such as Salsa, line dancing, bellydance and Bhangra styles. It really does mix it up and is fun to try and master different moves without anyone watching! I often make an absolute fool of myself in the living room but the thought of going out to do these moves in a class in front of complete strangers fills me with absolute horror! There are 32 songs within the game (some known, most not) and these can be selected individually or performed as part of workouts. The songs include ones performed by Pitbull, Nicole Scherzinger and Yolanda Be Cool.
One thing to take note with this game is there isn't a progress indicator to tell you where you are within the game, so I always make sure I have a clock near the TV and take note of when I started the routine so I know roughly how long I have left to go. One gimmicky part of the game which I find a waste of time is the option to choose each instructor's outfit and personalize clothing, but other than when I first set this up I haven't used this section again and would think that anyone who is doing this part is putting off the inevitable exercise!
There are different game play modes which are:
Single Song - Dance a single routine of your choice. The new song preview feature gives you a feel for a track before you play a full game.
Zumba Class - A workout block of routines in 20, 45 or 60 minute formats. You can now create your own custom routines by saving a playlist of your favourite songs.
Zumba Party - Up to 4 players can play at once.
Learn the Steps - A tutorial mode which lets you learn at your own pace by breaking down the dance moves.
All in all a good fitness game which is perfect for all fitness levels. It works and you feel absolutely shattered after you have done a lesson.
Can be picked up from Amazon for £24.99.
Summary: 4 stars
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