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Disappointing But Still OK
on January 8, 2010
I was expecting so much more so I was definitely disappointed. It is not a disaster like Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 but there are many better titles out there such as Wii Fit Plus, both EA Actives, Gold's Gym Cardio Workout and the original My Fitness Coach. I'll hang on to it and use it occasionally for variety.
I want to make it clear that the only similarities between the original MFC and MFC2 are the title and the general look of the case it comes in. Other than that, MFC2 is a completely different piece of software.
1. More flash than substance. The menus are pretty but slow to navigate.
2. You tell it your goals and fitness level. It picks your workouts. It doesn't tell you an approximate length. You can see the activities but they "flip" at you 2 at a time. Someone must have thought it was a cute way to show them but it is not very practical. There's no way to pause the display or change the pace.
3. There's no flow to the activities. You do an activity and then it rates your performance. Again, flash over substance, as it counts up to your rating rather than just displaying it. I entered myself as "fit" so that I would be challenged but the activities are not very challenging.
4. The rating seems to be mostly based upon your timing rather than the quality of your moves. It does measure effort. There is a timing bar that you are supposed to watch which is quite distracting. Instead you just try to follow the instructor. The measurements are weak. It measures Jogging and similar exercises by the remote in your right hand. You can sit on your couch and wave the remote up and down. For boxing moves you also just have the one remote but it claims to measure both hands. EA Active rates the full movement and gives leeway on the timing. That makes more sense to me.
5. There is a nutrition section and a lifestyle section. Are you really referencing the Wii for nutrition and lifestyle suggestions?? I doubt it. Use a PC or a book instead.
6. Instructions on EA Active and the original My Fitness Coach are better than the ones here. These are mostly just watching a video without any useful audio.
7. There's no way to customize your workouts other than changing your goals but there's no telling what you'll get.
8. There are 5 challenges. I did the Boxing challenge. It was more of a workout than the regular workouts but it is the same each time. It was a challenge to stay focused when it had me repeat the same 8 boxing moves for 48 reps.
1. It works. It picked up my movements.
2. It uses the balance board. I know that many of you care about that. I don't. The balance board is small and often restricts movement. For example, on a squat you would usually spread your legs apart but if you are doing them on a balance board you have to keep them mostly together.
Wouldn't it have been nice if they had just improved upon the original, maybe by having a pure step routine that could be done for 30 minutes?