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Zumba is a great way of loosing weight and getting fit.
It is fun and if you do this with your mates it can be a great laugh.
I got this when it first came out last year and I use it about twice a week
The only thing I would say is when you are doing Zumba and you wear the belt to put the control in when you bend it does get it the way and stick into you or it falls out of the belt. So I tend to put it in my pocket which I find easier.
If you prefer to exercise at home and not at the gym where tem dreded mirrors are go buy this.
It is a great way to get kids to do exercise and a fun way so you can have healthy, bonding and fun times with the children.
Also good if you are having mates round for a drink.
This is a must have exercise game.
Zumba is a very good way to get fit while also having fun! This game is perfect because it allows you to experience Zumba in your home without having to go anywhere. You have to copy the moves that the character does on screen while wearing an belt that you put the Wii remote in so that it can tell you how well you did at the end. The music is really exciting and fun to dance to, and the visuals are colourful and fun. The moves are easy and fun to do, but they are also a proper work out! This game makes me feel like I am doing a lot of exercise even though it is a lot of fun and not like boring exercise such as running. There is a multiplayer option which allows you to play with a friend. This is even more fun than doing it on your own and soon you will forget that you are exercising ! To do multiplayer mode, you need to buy an extra Zumba belt.
I have wanted to try Zumba ever since I first started hearing about it, but was always put off because I have a really hard time getting the hang of things like this. I can never really keep up and feel really stupid in aerobics classes, so I felt like this wasn't for me. Once I saw that this game had come out, I thought this would be a great way to try it out without worrying about embarrassing myself completely!
The game comes with a belt that you wear around your hips, and then put the remote inside a little pocket. This means the Wii is able to track the movements of your hips to score you against the instructor. The remote will not fit in the little slot meant for it without taking off the remote jacket, but I guess a snug fit is necessary so it doesn't come flying out when you're hopping around the room. The game is about £20 from Amazon.
There are a few different modes on the game, Zumba Classes, Zumba Party, Single Routine, and Multiplayer. If you're playing Multiplayer you will need to get another belt or the other player will need to put the remote in their pocket as the game only comes with one. There is also a tutorial, but I only used this once as I found it really annoying and just wanted to get on with playing. I thought that it didn't really teach the steps that well, and the loading time between learning the step and going back to the menu meant I didn't have patience to use this function. (I am particularly impatient though, other people might find this fine.)
For both the Classes and the Party mode there are levels to work through. There is a 20 minute beginners routine, 20 and 45 minute Intermediate routines, 20 and 45 minute Expert routines, and the hour-long Zumbathon. You have to complete the earlier sections in order to unlock the next ones and progress. In the classes, there are a few to choose from at each level (except Zumbathon), and in the Party mode only one. This, however, is the only real difference between the modes that I can see, and the fact that for the classes you can choose the setting and you can't in the party mode. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't get the point of having the two modes, to be honest. In order to unlock the Zumbathon in either mode you have to have completed all previous levels in both modes,
Regardless of the mode or level, a progress bar appears at the bottom of the screen, and once it's filled up you move to the next stage. Each time you pass to the next stage more dancers are added, and there's cheering, and it gets generally a little more interesting to look at the screen. You progress by completing the moves correctly, and you know if you are by the colour of the instructor--they turn orange when you're doing something nearly correct and green when you're doing it exactly right. (Or at least in theory--you can set yourself up as easy, medium, or difficult level and the game is pickier about your moves the higher level you set. At the easy level, as long as your hips are sort of moving the right way, you get points.) Once you reach the bonus stage correct moves score double.
Each routine is made up of songs which last between 3-4 minutes each, and there is a counter at the bottom to show you how long is remaining of the song. You can change the settings so you can't see it, but I usually leave it there. I do sort of wish that it also showed how much total time you have remaining of the class, though. There are lots of different songs on the game, so there is quite a lot of variety and I really enjoy most of them.
The Beginner and Intermediate are taught by Gina, and the Expert by Beto. Personally, I prefer the Intermediate dances as the moves are more like proper dance moves. I find the Expert level too full of things like pretending to play air guitar, and weird head movements, instead of actual dancing. The Expert, to me, mostly seems more difficult as it's harder to follow--often the movements happen less times in a row and it's harder to know what's coming next. In general, there's little instruction to show what's coming next in the game. There are arrows on the floor onscreen that show point side to side or in a circle, but while that shows you the direction you have to have done the dance a few times to know what actual move it's referring to.
Once you've finished the routine, you get a score and a rank (such as Zumba Pro). However, there doesn't seem to be anywhere on the game where your scores are saved, so you don't really know how you're improving, score-wise. Also since this is predominantly a fitness game, I would really like to have the approximate number of calories burned displayed. Apparently these two issues have been addressed on the new Zumba 2, from reviews I have read.
The only other downside I have to this game is the fact that the cooldown routine is the same all the way through the beginner and intermediate sections, and I got really bored of it. It would be nice if there were a couple more to change it up, but that's not too much of an issue, especially as I quite often mix it up now by doing a 20-minute intermediate routine, skipping the cooldown, and then doing a 20-minute expert one. Sometimes I also add on single routines if the routines I've done haven't included my favourite songs (You Make Me Feel Like Dancing from Intermediate and Pa la Discoteka from Expert are really fun, both the songs and the dances themselves are great). This makes me think it would be great if you could put together custom routines to change it up.
I haven't played the Multiplayer mode yet (my living room is pretty small to have two people dancing at once!) but there are a few different ways to play, and I think including it is a great idea.
I also would say that the menu, while simple, is a bit difficult to read. My tv is medium size and I find it hard to read the small, white type on the pink background, especially when choosing single routines. This could also be improved.
The minor issues with this game are really unimportant as overall I have really enjoyed having this game. The music's great, the dances are fun and doing them really is a great workout. The first time I did this my legs were nearly exhausted after about ten minutes! I can get all the way through even the Zumbathon now, but it still gets up a sweat and feels like a fantastic cardio workout. It's easy to forget that you're working out though, since it's so fun. I've even managed to be brave enough to drag myself to a real class after doing this. It's quite an addictive way to work out.
I would recommend this game to anyone who likes to use their Wii for fitness, who likes to dance, or who is interested in the Zumba craze but not sure about joining a class. I am enjoying it so much I will definitely be buying the new version of the game as well.
Zumba seems to be the brand new craze sweeping the nation. I purchased the first Zumba fitness game for the Wii in an attempt to lose weight after the birth of my son. The basic idea of the game is to copy the moves of the person on the screen, if you do them incorrectly the person on the screen turns red, if your out of time, the person will go orange and if you do the moves correctly the person turns green. The game comes with a belt which contains a pocket which you place the Wii remote into and this is how the game knows what you are doing (not quite!)I used to dance as a child/teenager and I am able to pick up routines quickly and easily but no matter how much I did the dance classes on the Wii, I never seemed to get a good mark which then leaves you unable to progress onto the next levels. I then realised that if you took the Wii remote out of the belt and shook it, it would turn the person green and hence give you a good mark allowing you to progress onto the next level! This really isn't good especially if you need to be motivated to lose weight. The same game on the Xbox Kinect is a better buy as the Kinect's camera recognises whether you are doing the moves correctly which would make using the game for exercise and weight loss more effective.
I started zumba in January 2011 so I have now been doing it for an entire year. I can honestly say it is the first exercise I have done where I do not get bored and actually still really enjoy it. I think it is because it does not really feel like 'exercise' in the traditional sense of the word - it just feels like dancing along and having a good time. In fact I guess that is why it has the strapline 'join the party' because that is what it feels like when you do it!
So, don't get me wrong, a certain amount of co-ordination is required but it is amazing how quickly you pick up and remember the routines, the second or third time round you pretty much do them without even noticing and a lot of the songs are ones you will recognise from the charts. It does depend on how good your instructor is too, I have been to a couple of different classes and have seen different levels of encouragement so I know which ones are worthy of my cash.
And talking about cash, each class is around the £4 mark which is why I decided to invest in the wii game so that I could work out at home for free. Sure enough this game is brilliant and more than made back the layout for me in a couple of weeks, I bought this for £25 from Amazon but because the second game has just come out you can now pick this original version up for less than £20 if you shop around.
This game is also available for the Xbox 360 and I assume it follows the same format but I am reviewing the Wii version here.
In the box is the game and the all important Zumba Fitness Belt. This is a long day glo and black belt which fits around your waist and holds the wii controller, this is how the game knows what you are doing because the controller sits against your hip bone and tracks your movement. The belt fastens with velcro and it is fairly long so even bigger ladies than me should be able to use it. If it doesnt fit then I would suggest wearing something with a hip pocket which you could put the controller in as it would give roughly the same effect.
Within the game are a number of options, you can do a zumba class on its own or work through the 'party' section to earn various bonuses (like new backgrounds - nothing that exciting!) and you also earn points as you dance. I usually choose just to do standard classes.
The classes are short (20 mins) medium (45 mins) or long (60 mins) in length and also vary in difficulty from beginner through intermediate to advanced. I usually do a 45 minute intermediate class and find this is right for the level I am at.
As you dance the instructor on screen flashes red, orange or green to show you whether you are following the moves correctly, the bar across the bottom fills slowly with energy you accumulate and this is what tracks the points (although personally I am not too bothered about this!). There is a good selection of songs and the advanced level uses a different instructor although in this game (unlike in the 2nd version which I also have) the same instructor teaches the same class all the way through.
You can choose whether or not to have a countdown timer in the bottom corner of the screen which tells you how long each song is - I do this as I like to know and annoyingly this feature is not available on the 2nd version of the game.
The music on the game is all specific 'zumba' music rather than chart songs (I guess to save them having to get copyright) but some of them I do recognise from class. All of it is enjoyable though and it tells you the name and style of the song (eg. salsa or reggaeton) in the bottom corner which is helpful.
All in all I find this a great addition to doing weekly classes in 'real life' - I would say I do not push myself as hard on the wii but it still leaves me feeling like I have had a proper workout at home and I enjoy it. I am way more likely to do a session of this than put on one of my many workout dvds after a day at work. You do need plenty of floor space in order to get the most out of it but this is a good investment and if you are too shy to attend classes or you do not have one near you I would highly recommend it as a way to try it out!
I quit smoking 3 months ago this time is going very well which I am proud to say but on the down side of this I have found that I have gained a lot of weight. At first the weight wasn't a problem due to now I was eating 3 meals a day which I only used to eat one and a few snacks. However 2 weeks ago I weighed myself and I had gained over a stone, this wasn't good due to I wasn't my ideal weight to start and I was finding my clothes very tight. Due to having a little more money in my pocket lately I decided that I would invest in a weight loss game for my computer due to my exercise bike and dance DVD wasn't having the desired effect.
I went to adsa looking for the new dance game for the play station which unfortunately wasn't out yet, this is when I spotted the zumba game for the Wii which I also have. I had remembered how my friends had all joined clubs for this exercise which I am not able to do due to not having sitters for my children and the ratings were very high. The game itself was £20 but to buy it with the belt it was £30. I purchased the one with the belt because this is the best way to monitor your progress but you can play with out it but you will not know how you are doing or if you are doing it right.
The next day I thought I would give this a try once two of my children were at school and my other one goes to bed of an afternoon this gives me a good two hour gap to try it out. I ensured I ate an hour before exercising but only a small snack to build my energy levels. I put the game on and set up a save file in my name. This means that it will document everything that I do and how many points I gain this tells me how I am progressing and what level I am. I set this up to beginner due to never doing it before which means this is going to be easier. When you have set yourself up you have 3 options which is class's mode, verses mode and a practice mode. I am not one to explore all features and got stuck into the classes' mode, I have now found out about all the other modes though.
I have not been able to do this due to one having someone to do it with, two I do not have two or more remotes or belts to play with and I haven't got the gaul to be doing this in front of people. This is a good idea for the moms that can't get to the classes and would be cheaper but you would need a very large room to be able to do it and a large tv for people to be able to watch it.
This is good when you first start because it teaches you every routine before you go in full hog like I do. Some of the routines are very fast and are hard to keep up with so in practice mode you are able to get a basic idea or practice until you have the exact moves in order.
This is the one that I use and I am not too bothered that sometimes I do not know the moves and get a little lost. When you enter this mode you are asked which one you would like to play beginner, intermediate and professional. I chose beginner and was given routine one and two which were both 20 minutes. I chose routine one to start and got given a list of places, warehouse, roof, outside and club. I could only choose the one which was club due to you have to earn the other places the more that you play. I put the belt around my hips and the remote in the little holder for it that is attached to the belt and started the routine. This was brilliant you have a warm up first which really gets the blood pumping, and then you have 3 other routines which are faster or more strenuous and then a cool down. Each routine is between 3 to 5 minutes which total to 20 minutes between each routine you have a 5 to 10 second break time to quickly drink water and get ready for the next one. I would advise that you have a large glass or bottle of water on the ready when you do this game it really works up a sweat.
I did this game every day for four days due to my children being at home sat and sun I don't get time and my partner is off work on Mondays so we are always out and busy. When I weighed myself the following week I had not lost anything but I had also not gained which was good news For the following week I upped the game to 45 minute work out. This was the same routines but more routines thrown in. The 45 minute work out for 3 days that week was very good. I had sweat rolling off me and had to shower every time I did this, I liked this because I could feel it working and was feeling the benefits. When I weighed myself the following week I had lost 2lb this doesn't should a lot but I was happy that I wasn't gaining this week I have only been on once and I have remained the same weight so I am still happy with this and will have to take this week off due to my partner being on holiday from work so I am expecting to gain a little weight but will get stuck in when I get a little time to myself again.
The belt is brilliant it attaches with Velcro which is really good and strong and the remote has a little pouch for it to slip into and securely fits when you are dancing around. This also fits around my partner who is an x large with enough give to go a size bigger maybe two.
The idea of the game is to dance and follow the routines. The trainer which you can choose to be male or female will light up green when you are following correctly and red when you are not, a bar across the bottom of the screen fills up when you are doing the moves and if you fill it 3 times then you are given bonus points which make you more professional which is great. You are able to choose your routines to suit you so you can take it a little easy. The way you gain your points is by wiggling your hips while following the dance moves.
This game is brilliant, I would recommend this to everyone, and this is a fun way of loosing weight and is hard work. You will loose weight gradually and you will see a difference in the way that you feel as well as loosing the lb that you want too. This is also good that you are able to do this in your own time with the computer and can do this at midnight if you wish so you are always able to keep fit. This is the best work out game that I have tried and the best weight loss method I have used. I think this is good value for money and can't wait for the zumba 2 to come out very enjoyable game and widely available.
Zumba is a fitness game that uses a mixture of latin music, dance and aerobics to get you up and moving and exersising. Zumba claims that with exstensive use and training of the game you can not only lose weight but also tone up (though a healthy lifestyle is also required).
I decided to buy Zumba because all of my girlfriends were either playing the game or going to Zumba classes at our local gym, I figured playing the game in the comfort and safety of my own house would mean alot less humiliation than going to the gym to learn as I am not well co-ordinated so I bought the game for £22.99 in Game, which isnt a bad price considering the 'Just Dance' game is closer to £30 and also going to learn in my gym would have costed £5 per week.
Well first things first, as soon as I switched the Wii and click on the game in the Wii Menu the funky latin music starts getting you pumped up and ready for a workout.
You then have the choice to either create a charactor profile (which will kepp progress of your workout scores and levels) or choose your exsisting profile if you have already played the game before. The user interface on this game is really easy to use and creating a charactor profile does not take a long time.
After this you have the choice of either learning new steps or dancing a full session. When learning the new steps you pic which step you would like to learn, then you simply mimick the lady dancing on the screen, if you are doing it right the lady turns green and if not she remains red. You start off learning the new step slowly, then speed is increased when you start to get it right (beleive me practice makes perfect).
Once you have learnt the steps you are then ready for a full session. There are 3 different levels of sessions including Beginner, Intermediate and Expert, this is good as everyone can play at their own pace and beginners wont feel out of their depth and experts wont get bored easily. To play you firstly put on your Zumba Belt (which comes free with the game) and then you choose the mode that you want to play, then you slip the Wii Remote into your belt and copy every dance move you see. You earn extra points by copying the dancers correctly and filling energy bars at the bottom of the screen.
All in all I think that this game is great fun and also I am really starting to see a difference in my body since I started playing it regularly (i use it 3 times a week). It is really easy to use and is a great way to stay fit and pick up afew dance steps.
*Also posted on Ciao under lorrainek90*
I use to regularly go to Zumba lessons at a pricey £7 a session, but as soon as I discovered there was a game out on the Wii, I was delighted.
I am a big fan of other Wii fitness games such as "Just Dance" and "Wii Fit" and now "Zumba" has gone straight to the top of my list.
The game comes with an adjustable velcro strap that has a small cradle for the Wii remote which you wear around your waist. This is so the Wii can record whether you are doing the movements correctly and will score you accordingly.
Like the Zumba lessons I use to attend, there is a selection of up-beat latin-american music that you can't help but move to.
Starting the game is very simple, you just insert the disc into the Wii and select the game from the Wii menu. Next you create a player and then are free to do any of the routines on offer. There is a wide range of dance moves and routines to choose from which make the game all the more fun, and makes you less likely to tire from it. There are four main sections all of which have further options to them: Zumba Party, Zumba Class, Single Routine, and Multi-player. There are sections such as "Beginner 20 minute"-which is a non-stop 20 minute workout that provides "water breaks" throughout the duration. Other sections include
"Intermediate 45 minute" and so on.
There are other dance moves, settings and sessions to unlock once you have done a set amount of exercise or have gained a particular score. There are opportunities to create a "Fitness Plan" which gives you an interactive calendar where once you have entered your goal weight and lifestyle, what Zumba plan is best for you. When your fitness plan is underway the Wii will give you friendly reminders or prompts about how much exercise you should have done which is very helpful when you need that little extra push.
The tutorials have a stylised woman dancing on the screen which you copy. At the bottom of the screen there are moving diagrams that depict the dance move so you can copy successfully. The bright colours used in the graphics, such as the hot pink, deep blues and oranges, really encourage and spur you on to move and groove.
It's a fantastic way to rid yourself of any excess calories and to tone your body. Also unlike most exercise you don't feel as if you are exercising. Instead you feel like you're just having a bit of fun and a silly dance around. But if you keep it up, when you look in the mirror or step on the scales then you will be sure to see a difference. I have already lost 1 stone and that is just from keeping to my Zumba fitness plan and eating healthily.
Even if you haven't been to a Zumba lesson before, it doesn't matter. If the gym isn't for you and you prefer some up-beat music and hip wiggling in your living room. Then this is the game for you.
For all ages. The multiplayer function is brilliant. My mum and I regularly go on it of an afternoon and enjoy and feel the benefits equally as much. Not only that, my friends love to go on it and on more than one occasion, it has become a party starter! It's an all round generation crowd pleaser.
I go to a Zumba clas at my local gym a couple of times a week, and I have done so for some time now, so when I was shown the Zumba game for the Wii, I was very interested and I decided to give it a go.
I enjoy the Zumba classes very much, so I was hoping that I would enjoy the game just as much. I love the music and the style of dancing that Zumba brings me, and if I could also recreate that fun at home, I would be even happier.
The game comes with a Zumba waist belt, which you fasted around your waist with the velcro on the straps, and this is basically where you need to store the Wii remote whilst you are dancing. There is a small remote shaped pouch on the front of the belt, where you pop in the Wii remote and this keeps it safe and secure whilst you dance around your room.
The belt is mostly black, with an edging of green. The green is a similar colour to the green you get on the Zumba logo, and this belt actually looks quite stylish. It is comfortable to wear, and it does not irritate the skin. I found it quite easy to put on and it does stay in place even when you are throwing yourself around the place to the music. It does get quite hot and sweaty underneath the belt though, which is a bit gross and probably the only downside to the belt.
The game itself is very easy to play, and once you have popped the game into the Nintendo Wii you can easily choose from a selection of songs and levels. There is a host of songs which are ready to be played from the start of the game, and each one shows you how difficult or easy it will be to play it. This is shown in a star rating system, the higher the star amounts, the harder it will be. There is also the words beginner, intermediate and expert underneath the stars to ensure you know exactly what you are letting yourself in for before you pick which song to play.
The only thing I do not like about the song selection process is the fact that you can not hear a sample of the song before you choose it, you can see the name of the song, but personally this didn't help me choose as I did not know what the songs were before I bought the game. I still don't a few of them by name, even though I have played this game many a time now. I think there should be some way to listen to the song first, like there is on many other music based computer games.
Once you have selected a song, you just pop the remote into the slot on the belt, and follow the figure on the screen. The dance moves are pretty simple and they are repetivtive, just like in normal Zumba classes, but I think some of them are a bit too simple. After you get used to the game, you get used to following the on screen figure, and it does become easier to work out the moves.
After a couple of times on each song, you do start to remember the sequence and timings of the moves and routines in the game. Even after a lot of plays on the game I still get a bit lost at times, but it is easy enough to get back into it quickly. Even if you have never done Zumba before, this can be easily picked up, and you soon learn how to play the game effectivley.
For each move you get right, you earn points into your coloured bar on the bottom of the screen. This keeps going up through the levels and adding points to your total score for each song. If you play well enough, you hit the bonus stages.
The figure on the screen is a coloured silhoutte of a woman, and she changes colours every now and then, including at times when you go up through the levels. ALso when you get to higher score levels, extra silhouttes appear in the background to make it look more like you are in a Zumba class, compared to playing it alone (or with friends) at home.
The game recognises your movements from the sensors in the Wii Remote, which you have in the belt supplied with the game. The only problem with it being like this, is that the game can not actually tell you that the moves you are doing are correct or not. It only senses when you are moving around, and we discovered that you can actually complete a song just by sitting on the sofa and shaking the Wii remote around!!
There is so much thought going into getting the game right and getting the dance moves going, you do not seem to realise that you are actually working out and burning calories. I found that time does pass quite quickly when I am playing this, and I usually end up very hot and sweaty, which is the desired effect.
It would be nicer to play this on the Xbox Kinect I think, as it would tell you if you have the moves correct or not, so you could learn to do the dances properly, as well as burning calories and losing weight. I do enjoy playing this game, and I still play it a couple of times a week in between my zumba classes at the gym. It does provide me with good fun, a good workout and a good calorie burn, but I would like to be sure I am getting the moves and routines correct, but sadly the Wii is unable to tell me this, and this is something that annoys me a little bit.
All in all this is a good game, that is good fun to play whilst working out, and it is available in many places. You can buy it in all game stores and even in places like Argos, Asda and Sainsburys. If you wish to buy it online, you can get some great deals on Amazon and Play. The game comes supplied with the belt, and I bought mine on Amazon for £25 although it does vary from place to place, so take a look around and make sure you get a great deal on it.
I give this game a 4 out of 5 stars, as I do not like the fact it can not tell me if my dance moves are correct or not, and that it is easy to cheat through the game. I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys dance games and has a Nintendo Wii.
*this review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
After a conversation with some friends recently I decided that I really liked the sound of a new fitness craze currently happening called Zumba, though after one of them did a small demonstration of what it involved at the zumba class she attends I soon changed my mind (booty shaking is ok for those that don't have a booty that shakes just sitting down!).
After seeing this Wii version advertised not long after I realised that I could get this, still be effectively exercised, without the pressure of feeling foolish when I can't keep up!
Within this pack you get not only the Wii zumba game/workout, but also a belt, which is where you place your remote control before a workout, this ensures that the better you get with the hip swirling/twirling, the faster you reach the targets set by the game itself.
To start you simply add yourself to the game by making a profile, this simply keeps all your workout times, and you can choose your particular difficulty setting (beginner!) and class.
For information on game play, space requirements and such, you simply go through the tutorial and follow the basic instructions on there.
There are a variety of different ways to play this game, first being zumba party, which involves you doing 10 progressively more advanced classes, ranging from beginner to expert, once completed you get to the final zumbathon level with two of the advanced instructors Beto and Gina........yes, I have never got that far, my daughter has but she achieved this by cheating!
There is the zumba class which again comprises of many of the same classes within the party mode, but can only be accessed once they are unlocked, so if you are a beginner you will have to go through a few classes and accumulate some party points first before being able to move on, again this ends up with the zumbathon mode.
There is a multiplayer mode, meaning that up to four of you can do the class, making it very much like the thing I got the game in the first place to avoid, so I (of course!) just do the single routine, picking from a few different music styles (ragga, reggae, dancehall etc....), with my favourite being the rock and roll choice, it may not be the most energetic, but I can at least keep up with the sickeningly toned and rhythmic instructor!
Once you have picked your preferred music type/exercise plan you go straight into what is deemed the "warm up", which I have to say will be as energetic as the actual routine itself, but much always be undertaken to warm muscle through to stop any damage once the much more energetic next stage comes!
On the screen (when the routine starts) is your instructor, which you must just mimic to do the routine, this should be done with the included belt (nice and big, Velcro-able, and fitting nicely and not too snugly on us slightly larger ladies!), attached round your hip level, with the Wii remote slipped into the pouch net which again should be on one side of your hips........which brings me to the first problem, albeit a small one!
To initially start the game you of course have to use the curser buttons on the remote itself, so from pressing start to when the routine begins is a round a few seconds, enough time to perhaps mentally prepare yourself, but not to get the Wii remote safely into the now attached belt, a couple of times I have missed a few seconds of the routine (ie the easy bits!) fiddling with the bloody pouch!
Once the remote and belt are safely secured, and you are following the first gentle moves of the class you will notice that there is an energy bar across the bottom of the screen, to fill this bar up not only do you need to be as energetic as the instructor, but also follows the moves to the letter, so if you are asked to hip flick, you better flick sharp, booty shaking I of course am amazing at....the second I stand up Beyonce has nothing on my ever shaking ass!
Once the energy bar has filled up you will suddenly have more mirror images of your instructor on the screen, a party or class if you will, all of them seemingly mocking me, one perfect person is hard enough to take, but a group of them, this is like being back at a weight watchers class! (Joke!).
When you have completed the allotted time for each session (there are three in total for a workout, warm up, the class and the warm down, which I am afraid can be just has hard as the previous two!), you will go onto the next session carrying over any accumulated energy points, so that when you have filed the bar again you get MORE carbon copies of your original instructor, but this time with fireworks, yeah that really spurred me onto do push myself a bit more (ok, maybe the first time but not so much now!).
Once the warm down has finished you have the option of going straight into another routine, or (like me) collapsing onto the settee swearing profusely at being cursed with heavy bones!
If you are really serious about continuing your fitness plan there is a schedule calendar that you can not only preplan your exercise days on, but also the level and time of each class, with the calendar updating itself as you advance within the zumba scale.
There a couple of other modes, both of which are battle modes and requiring more than one player, these are time based challenges, which (as I said before) is no good to me, but also I feel quite proud if I make it through the routine, let alone beat someone else's time (as before my daughters times don't count, she CHEATS!).
Although I have obviously moaned a great deal, aside from the belt issue I have this is a really fun and effective game to have, I do wish I could motivate myself to use it more, but that is I am afraid the same with most exercise based activities.
After a workout you will feel tired, you will be extremely sweaty, and yes probably frustrated the first couple of times using it, or at least until you have mastered some of the routines and steps, as long as you go at your own pace, choose the best level for your fitness (don't think you are doing yourself any favours starting too high, as you will feel disappointed when you inevitably have to lower your level!), do a few minutes everyday rather than a huge session once a week and have plenty of fluids to hand, you will find that when you wake up the next day you will ache, but feel fabulous with it!
Price wise this is available from most good game stockists now from around the £20.00 mark.
Thanks for reading x
I recently purchased Zumba for the Wii. It is a dance exercise based around Latin routines and music, which is designed to help people get into shape through calorie burning routines that can also help gain muscle tone. I had seen Zumba fitness DVDs advertised on TV but felt they were out of my price range, so when I found a version for the Wii under £25 I had to buy it as it looked like a fun and easy way of staying in shape. It is probably due to my poor dance skills and lack of co-ordination and rhythm, but I found even the beginner classes difficult! The instructor you have to copy is not a real person, but more of a cartoon, this sometimes made it difficult to discern what moves she was doing. I tried the tutorials which show you how to do each move step-by-step, but there seem to be hundreds of different dance moves so this soon became tedious. You are instructed to mirror the instructor on the screen; I found that this was quite hard to do when I was unsure of the steps. If you are able to follow the instructor and complete the dance workouts and use it a few times a week, I genuinely believe that you will lose weight and see an improvement in your fitness, but I find the dances hard to follow so given up for a while. Maybe one day I will try again...
However, it is fun; I found watching members of my family attempting to wiggle their hips like the instructor on the screen and they thought the same of me (my mum almost wet herself at my poor attempt!). From then on whenever I used Zumba I made sure the curtains were shut and everyone was out of the house. I did enjoy doing the routines when no one was watching me and I think I slowly improved. I did also feel as though I had had a good workout afterwards, but did feel a little silly while doing so.
My biggest criticism of Zumba is that you are unable to see if you have made any progress. Also it is very easy to cheat and gain extra points by standing in one spot shaking your hips, not necessarily in the same way as the instructor on the screen. The way in which points are given is also not very clear so at the end when you are given your total score there is no way to gage whether you have done well or not.
If you are good at dancing or have even the tiniest bit of rhythm, then I would recommend Zumba to you as an easy way to keep fit in your home. But if, like me, you are hopeless, then I'd stay away from this product and find a more conventional, maybe boring, way of staying fit.
I wanted to get fit for summer so bought Zumba on the Wii after so many people raving about it, however didn't want to go to a class on my own and feel all embarrassed!
I got mine for about £23 from Amazon, and it came relatively quickly too, which was great. After setting up a player 'account' I went on exploring the options. You can either do the tutorials of all the dance moves (there around around 12 - 15 and each have about 8 steps within them - it takes some time!), going straight into a Zumba class or doing a Zumba party (with friends). It comes with a belt which you put around your hips (I recommend putting the Wiimote in then tightening the belt for a snug fit, as sometimes it can move about if it isn't tight enough!).
It's very easy to rush into doing a Zumba class out of excitement if you just want to try it out, but I highly recommend at least taking a look at a few of the tutorials - more if you have the patience! This makes it a little easier to follow the steps and pace of the Zumba class mode, as if you already know a few of the moves, you wont feel as lost.
The tutorial consists of one girl with a background who is red if you are inactive, orange if you show a little movement and green if you're very active - it's important to note that the Zumba colour scale doesn't go on ACCURACY but on ACTIVITY - this encourages you more to have fun and relax, making you more likely to get it accurate, rather than worrying about point scoring. You copy the steps which get increasingly harder and faster until the end (about 3 - 5 minutes long, maybe longer depending on the step). You can also pick your mode - beginner, intermediate etc. at the start of the tutorial.
The Zumba class is different, you pick your mode (e.g. beginner) then pick which class you'd like to do (there's a choice of 2 in the 'beginner' section). This lasts for 20 minutes, which doesn't sound like a lot, but you get very active believe me! You start with a warm up, then go on to a few different short routines (about 3 - 6 minutes each) and end with a cool down, with a 10 second pause to drink some water between each routine. There's also a party 'meter' at the bottom of the screen that builds up the longer you stay in the green. When the bar is full, more characters join in dancing - just a fun little quirk. I can tell you that, after 20 minutes, I was very hot and sweaty but felt much better for it!
The best things about this game is that, unlike other fitness games on the Wii e.g. the Wii fit, it really gets you moving! You feel great afterwards, if a little worn out, and really feel like you've done some exercise. It also saves money, and perhaps embarrassment, of going to an actual Zumba class - however doesn't provide the support of an actual coach, so you really need to motivate yourself to keep moving.
The downsides are you need more than one belt for the multiplayer, which you have to buy separately, and the graphics really aren't great. Although you can still copy the moves fairly easily, it'd be better if the characters were more well defined!
Zumba is a latin-inspired dance programme which has really gained momentum in recent years and can be accessed in lots of ways - most popularly through classes but you can also purchase DVD's and the Wii game which is how I decided to break in to the world of Zumba.
I was bought this game for £29.99; this price includes the game and a hip belt which holds your wii remote. So far I have moved up to intermediate - the other day I did a 45 minute class and I was sweating and knackered by the end of it!
***The Game Functions***
The game includes nine different dance styles and 30 different dance routines. As I don't attend classes I don't know how relative these are to dance classes - I can only assume that moves and potentially whole dances are replicated here.
At the moment I only have the nightclub background where the instructor is centre stage and you have to gyrate a long with her.
There are different options - Zumba Class, Zumba Party and Zumba Attack - the latter two really aimed at group activities. I have only taken part in the Zumba class (no one will dance with me :()
You can also check out tutorials and amend your experience level, choosing beginner, intermediate or advanced so I assume if you're a Zumba pro you'll feel sufficiently challenged by the steps in the advanced level.
Well I can't pretend to have followed all the rules. As some one who is devoted to the Wii for exercise purposes, I like to get on it pretty quickly. When I first logged into the Zumba programme it was a simple, straightforward start and I did try the tutorials. My issue with the tutorials is that it doesn't necessarily pick up the moves correctly. So sensitive is the wii remote that the slightest jiggle of the hip will receive a positive comment from the tutorial lady and suddenly she is wizzing to the end of the dance routine which you're trying to learn - she assumes that you've got it right but it is more probable that you've wiggled your bum excessively and the screen has lit up like a Christmas tree.
So I plunged in. The different levels are also split in to time periods of 20 minutes (at all levels) and 45 minutes (intermediate and above). Starting with the beginner level and being hopeless, I found this strenuous enough tying to pick up the dance routines and steps correctly. I found that prompting is quite limited; sometimes she will indicate with her hands or an arrow will appear on the floor to imply that you'll be moving that way shortly but you won't know what you're doing until you get there! However disheartening this can be at first, it builds your confidence when after a few go's you have begun to learn the routine, even if you can't do it without the instructor!
SO I have progressed - I got through the beginners ones and moved up to intermediate. The 45 minute one was killer but to be honest, I've begun to get a little bored and don't really understand the progression. I suppose the limiting factor of having 30 workouts is that they'll be repeated and for me, unless I've really missed something, the intermediate dances are the shifting around of dances found in the beginner levels but in different orders. There is also the continual use of the same warm down dance which, again, is reassuring because you can do it and you've done it so many times before, but gets repetitive - I've done this every time before - when do they intend to mix it up a bit?
For me I think Zumba for the Wii is a wonderful idea. I am sweating after each one and I feel it later with muscles feeling achy and used. I enjoy knowing the routines and get satisfaction from completing them. However, I do find there is a certain detachment between the user and the game. Being a fitness game freak I want to have my efforts recorded and be able to tap in more data about my physical fitness and how it changes with the use of the game. There is NO dialogue of this kind between user and the game. For me I've now found an online community where 'Wii Zumba' is an option when recording exercise but I want that 'in-game' like I do with my other games. There is a suggested calender which prompts you as to which exercise you should begin with and how frequently but there is nothing invested to prompting you to return to the game.
Other negatives would be that I have to remove the sleeve from the remote to put it in the hip belt. This is minor but annoying to me as those sleeves are a pain in the rump to remove. Secondly the game is less about being accurate and more about wiggling your hips. You can be following the routine fine but you'll know a sudden spark of positive green if you shake your bum a little bit more. This applies when you're not doing the routine as well which to me, takes out the fun a bit. I like to do things right or not at all.
On the back of these negatives there are positives - I'm dancing and all exercise is good for you though I have no measure of how I've physically altered, getting the heart rate up is what's important.
Anyway, I hope this helps you to decide. A work colleague who loves to dance thinks this game is the best thing since sliced bread so it's also a personal preference. I'm not a dancer - I enjoy working with weights and 'exercising' in a more traditional way so this may call those of you who hate the things I love!
I thought about purchasing this product for a while and then finally decided to get it and give it a go. I put it on and was a little confused at first. I started a game of it and didn't know what to do. I was unable to put the belt on and couldn't get the remote to fit into it properly. I then went back to the 'how to play' section and found all the information I needed. the key is to not skip the important start-up sections.
After I knew how I was meant to play, I gave it another go. This time, I was able to put the belt on and get the remote in the correct place to register your movements. I tried a beginner game as I was still unsure how hard it was going to be. It was for 5 minutes so I thought it couldn't be that hard. WRONG!!! i found it really hard but I think it was because I wasn't used to it. I tried it again and, when I knew what moves were coming up next, it was much easier.
I did feel a little self conscious doing it at first because my Wii is in the front room and people walking by would have been able to see me but I didn't care too much after a while because I was enjoying myself.
I recommend people buy this to try out for themselves as it is great fun and saves you going to an exercise class with other people that might make you feel ashamed about your stamina or the way you dance!
The only problem I had with it was that there is only one belt supplied with the game and another belt costs around £17 which makes the whole game a lot more. For the second belt you do need a second remote though and, as I don't have a second remote, it wasn't too much of a problem for me. If you wanted to play the game with a friend though, you might want to purchase a second remote and belt to make it more fun!
I am becoming a huge fan of the fantastic and diverse range of fitness games for the Wii console. Ever since my first, tentative attempts on Wii fit a couple of years ago, I have been bouncing, dancing and boxing my way to fitness without ever having to set foot into a sweaty gym, and seeing great results, having lost nearly a stone and a half in weight playing them! The latest addition to my ever expanding collection is Zumba Fitness for the Wii, which has its own unique method of gameplay due to a special belt that you wear during gameplay. I was interested to see how the game would compare to my current favourite, My Fitness Coach Dance Workout. I was also keen to see what this whole Zumba craze was about, as I can't go anywhere locally without seeing posters advertising Zumba classes, which seem to be springing up everywhere!
The nice thing about this game is that once you have completed the obligatory Wii update, as you do with any new game, you can get started straight away. The on screen menu is easy to navigate with the remote, and there are only a couple of options anyway, so it is nice and simple. Once you have entered your name on screen and set up a profile, you can jump right in with a Zumba Class or Party if you are brave, or if you are new to the whole thing, you might want to have a go at the tutorials first.
*Let's get down to basics*
I was surprised how basic the tutorials were on this game. My previous game, My Fitness Coach just threw me in at the deep end, with the instructor on screen strutting her stuff and expecting me to mimic her every move, whereas this game is a bit more gentle on the inexperienced player, and breaks everything down nice and simply.
You first need to fasten the velcro belt securely around your waist, and pop your Wii remote into the little net pouch on the side. You will need to remove the silicone cover from the Wii remote, as it is a pretty tight fit, and have the sensor pointing upward and buttons on the outside. When you have selected your tutorial, the instructor on screen will guide you through a particular move, breaking it down into very slow, simple steps. The movement of the remote on your belt tells the game whether you are doing the movement correctly, and if you are, the instructor on screen will change colour from red, through amber to green, so you know that the game is picking up your movements. After a couple of repetitions, the instructor will make the step a little faster or more complicated, maybe adding arm movements or extra steps. Again, once the game has sensed that you are happy with the move, it will increase the difficulty again, until you finally master all aspects of that particular step. It is then a case of working your way through the tutorials to familiarise yourself with all of the basic dance moves that you are likely to encounter during the game.
The game includes a good variety of dance styles, including calypso, reggaeton, salsa, rock and roll and many more, so the routines are varied. The tutorials help the player to grasp the moves of each dance, and with practice, they begin to become second nature, even to someone with two left feet like me!
After a couple of tutorials, you will want to jump in and get started. Before doing a class, I would suggest having a bottle of water handy, because the game gets you very sweaty and there are breaks between tracks to allow you to have a drink. Of course, you can also pause the game via the controller if you need a bit of a break.
The classes are divided into levels of experience, from beginner, through intermediate and finally expert level. You can choose a 20 minute class or a longer 45 minute class, or if you are really pressed for time, you can just select an individual track, which only takes about 5 minutes. The only difference between the Zumba Class and Zumba Party options in the game are that in Zumba party you need to unlock levels to progress, whereas all of the classes are unlocked. In party mode, you receive agreen tick on the class that you have completed, and need to complete all classes in a section before you can move up a level. There are various unlockable locations in the game, starting with a nightclub, so you can vary the background and setting of your workout.
The class does not start gently, and the player is plunged straight away into a heart thumping warm up routine, with lively Latin music that makes you want to get up and move. As you dance, the game picks up your movements as in the tutorial, and the dancer on screen will glow green if you are doing it right. in addition to this, there is a meter on the bottom of the screen that fill up if you are in synch with the dancer on screen, increasing your final score and rating when the class is over.
This is a very physical game and I really found myself getting hot and my heart rate increasing as I played it. I also found that it definitely worked certain muscle groups in my body, particularly the lower body, as a lot of the moves involve you gyrating your hips! Even the cool down excersise, the Sahara Cooldown, is a hip swaying, sultry bellydance routine which will have your abs aching, but hopefully toning up nicely! You don't need a lot of space to play the game, as many of the moves are side to side, a few steps either way, so an average sized room should be fine to play in without knocking anything over!
Yes, there is a way of cheating in the game, similar to the Wii fit jogging cheat, where you sit back in the armchair, waving the controller in time to the music, but really, you are not going to lose weight doing that now, are you? O.K. I confess. I do it sometimes too...
I really do love this game. You get a genuine workout playing it, learn a few new moves that you can use at the next party you go to, and it is a lot more enjoyable than a bog standard leisure centre aerobics class. However. There are a couple of downsides to the game, namely the fact that I don't think there are enough music tracks and routines. For example, once you have done the 20 minute routines, you will find that the longer 45 minute routine contains just a repetition of dances that you have already done. This is fine if you don't mind doing the same dance routines over and over again every day, but I imagine that after a while it would get a bit samey and boring. I have been playing the game evey day, and must admit that some of the routines are starting to grate on me. Once you have completed all of the routines in the game, I can imagine that you would easily get bored with it, unless of course, they have brought out another version by then!
Another downside is that there is a two player mode available, but there is only one belt included in the game. This means that you will need another belt for your friends/ family, or improvise something if you are clever! I believe that the belts will be available soon on Amazon, but there is no word yet as to how much they will cost.
*I still love it, though...*
Despite a couple of minor niggles, I still really love this game. The routines are easy to learn, and my kids love joining in with me, as the routines are not too hard for them to do, which is a great way to keep them active. I don't mind them playing games like this. It is much better than them being glued to the screen, shooting things! My little boy loves wearing the bely, but it is much too big for him, so I have to knot it at the back and then secure the velcro! My little girl loves the rock and roll routine, complete with hand jive. There really is something for everyone!
A few of my friends go to Zumba classes, and have asked me along, although I'm not brave enough! From what I understand, a typical Zumba class can cost between £3 and £5, so I consider the game to be quite good value for money at £22, because I can sometimes fit a couple of classes into a day, one in the morning and one in the evening. The classes are there to suit my routine, and I can close the curtains so that nobody can see me making a fool of myself! Ok, so I know that you lose the social aspect of the class, but if you have a big enough living room, you can always invite your mates round to join you!
I am very glad that I bought this game, but I think that if you are serious about using the Wii as a fitness tool, you should have a variety of fitness games, so that you are not always stuck doing the same routines and losing motivation. As well as the Zumba game, I enjoy the original my Fitness coach game, which is an interactive excersise video, with no routine repeated twice. I also love the dance workout game, which gauges your movements via controllers strapped to both wrists. Of course, there is also the original Wii Fit game, which is a lot of fun too. The key to all of these games is that you can have a lot of fun playing them, and also learn something new. My co-ordination has really improved since I started playing them, and with a bit more practice I will be ready to make my debut on Strictly Come Dancing! Well (ahem) maybe not, but I might be brave enough to actually tackle a real life Zumba class, and that would be a real achievement for me!