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Still effective although nothing like the original fitness coach
on January 13, 2012
I read the reviews & was prepared for the worst when I bought it. I decided to give it a try in hopes there would be something good about it. I'm glad I did. Granted, I would not have been happy paying the original full price, however I feel it's well worth the current amazon price of $7.00. I just finished a quick workout focusing on my chosen goal of "bums, tums & legs" & yes I do indeed feel the effect on my muscles so the exercises seem to target correctly. This is originally from the UK, although there's no british accent. I consider this workout to be slow & controlled & I like that it uses the Wii Fit board & the motion plus remote. I purposely slouched on some of the exercises to see if it would detect me slightly messing up & it did (the orb went from green to yellow to red in upper right corner of screen). There are only 4 backgrounds, I wish there were more interior backgrounds than just the gym but that's the one I selected & it's ok). 2 male trainers & 2 female trainers to choose. I chose the female (I always do on these games as I get annoyed at men telling me what to do & being critical - even virtual men. :) Both females have pleasant voices & are encouraging. The instrumental not-memorable music is ok (not great but not annoying). I chose a vegetarian eating lifestyle to see what it would come up with in the nutrition part. I don't like to cook & I'm leaning toward veggie life more & more as I get older so I figured I 'd pretend I'm already vegan. It actually came up with interesting facts about various veggies & fruits. I didn't bother looking at the recipes, however I did learn a little I didn't know about. (yes, I could find that info on line if I wanted to research it, but it's ok being on the game since it'll show you this info if you click on that part of menu - otherwise I can focus on exercises, progress & goals. The menus are very fancy but you need a little patience to navigate when first playing this game. I think the biggest complaint most reviewers on here have is that it is absolutely nothing like its predecessor. I absolutely love the original my fitness coach & wish there really were a follow-up game to continue with Maya & her personality, exercises, music choices, time limit & more adorable backgrounds. This game should have been named something entirely different as it seems the company wanted to cash in on a successful game by using the same cover & name. I am sure there were a lot of disappointed buyers when this game first came out. I'm not disappointed because I read all the reviews ahead of time & mentally prepared myself for a game that would be completely not what the cover implied. I'm glad there's a lot of usefulness in its exercises & I'm okay with the slowness of it. Probably because I'm aching from the faster exercise games a couple days ago. I recommend this game as an alternate exercise routine for when you want a change in your regular routines. I consider this to be low-impact, although I noticed immediately that being forced to move slower on the lunging, push-ups, etc, I couldn't possibly rely on momentum to cheat, so it's actually more effective than the same exercises at a faster speed. I didn't do the cardio yet, I only did the basic exercises. (I prefer my cardio to be at the speed of Wii Zumba 1 & 2 or else I get bored).
Cons: False advertising with the title would be a total turn-off if I had not been prepared that it's nothing like the first.
Music could have been more upbeat
Should have been at least 10 backgrounds to choose from - preferably 20. Only 3 outdoor backgrounds & 1 indoor background isn't enough.
No virtual trainer Maya & nothing like the predecessor. I wish they had continued with same format.
Pros: Uses wii motion control remote & wii balance board correctly.
Has a basic feedback orb to let you know you're needing to duplicate trainer's moves better.
Plenty of goals to choose from that will put the applicable exercises together in a workout.
Tutorials for each exercise that you can skip by pressing A if you don't need instructions.
Is a good exercise game for those days when you're not feeling physically ready to tackle fast high-impact exercise games.