posted by grimlock16 (WELLINGTON, OH) Oct 18, 2007
Member since Oct 2007
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I have used the aerobics, cardio, and weight loss exercises and found them to be very good.
Now I admit, the instructor doesn't tell you how to perform some moves and you have to watch and figure out what to do to mirror what she is doing. I found this kind of a problem for the yoga meditation garden. She was in a 10th position before i figured out what the first one was. So i guess yoga isn't my cup of tea, and being a guy i couldn't do some of the moves she did, also because i have a bad back.
However, the main fitness section is very good, it keeps track of your progress and knows by the time on your ps2 (which has to be set) that you attend your schedualed meeting days for workouts to work towards whatever goal you set in it. I set it to weight lose and it recommended 4 days a week for me at 15 minutes a pop, not terribly bad. I have been working out twice that, and sometimes changing the 15minutes to 1hr sessions. That is after i've warmed up and feel i'm up to working out for an hour and not start off at 1hr.
Okay, I'd like to start by saying that the critic reviews were pretty fair with regard to this game. The graphics are pretty solid, and the workout routines are fairly strenuous. But I actually rented the game to try to learn yoga, and that is the precise reason that I have to give this game a rating of 3. Starting a level 1 yoga lesson in the game felt like walking into an advanced yoga session replete with mediating masters. There was no tutorial and no explanation of good form, just a rapid-fire series of names of poses that this humble novice had never heard before. I could barely process the mechanics of the first pose before I was already expected to be doing the second. This continued for 15 minutes. Unless you already know all the moves and can transition from one to the other without checking on the screen (i.e. you already know yoga), you're not going to be able to keep up. I spent so much time watching to try to figure out how I should be bending and moving, that I ended up getting a stiff neck. You can't really do "down-dog" and keep your eyes on the screen without sacrificing your form a bit. There is a "tutorial button" (press x on the ps2) and pressing it will pause the lesson to explain the pose, but I didn't find it as helpful as it could have been. But yoga aside, the aerobics is pretty intuitive, low-impact, and pretty fun. Bottom line: if you are an exercise enthusiast, this one is for you. For the rest of us, if you want to get in shape, nothing beats a gym.