posted by gamermom2112 (WEST BEND, WI) Nov 19, 2012
Member since Nov 2012
To be honest, the reviews, descriptions of this video were very intimidating to me-people saying how much they could push their already daily exercise routine to the MAX. Well, although I used to run cross country, do aerobics and weight training (ran 5 miles daily or exercised while watching tv just because I liked to), it's sadly now been at least 25 years of me telling myself, "I'm in such great shape and it's so easy for me, I'll have NO problem getting it back" along 15 years of a desk job.
What was very nice was that I had a wide selection of "games" (hehe, better to think of it that way than "exercise") a variety of "moods/settings " from bollywood to hip hop, pliates, yoga to just basic exercises. My son dared me to try "Hip Hop" and I did-the movements were fun and very easy with helpful onscreen gestures showing the movement (no "BZZ! You didn't do it right. Let's try again") You can chose which area of your body or goals you have, like most games-"energy, weight loss, cardio, balance (coordination) stress reduction, etc). When you are physically able to complete a certain level, another becomes available, but even if you can't, you're rewarded (no "Fail" stamp). Plus, the next levels are usually just a slightly higher level of endurance-not a huge fall of the cliff kind of thing.
There are warm-up exercises, as in one where your are in a room of balloons and need to swing your arms long enough and hard enough to keep the balloons in the air, or swing a hula hoop. With the Kinect, your movements are tracked and you can see onscreen how you should be moving/holding your body which is a HUGE advantage over the Wii Fit; your onscreen you is given a guideline shadow outline of where your body is and where it should be. It was so fun, I kept the game for almost a month and "played" it regularly-it didn't seem like work or the dreaded "E" word. I will buy this definitely. And, if you're at all like me, I'd recommend at least trying it.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
After trying a couple other fitness games I was reluctant to try this one. I am glad I did. The movement recognition is amazing and the routines are a lot of fun. I am burning tons of calories and enjoying it. The best part is combining different routines and classes really does work the entire body.
gamers (94%) found this review helpful
The camera is more responsive. There's a ton of more exercises to do, and the let you select what areas of your body that you want to work on. Plus you don't have to buy half of the routines like the first fitness evolved.