4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not perfect, but probably the best fitness aid on the Wii, 25 Feb 2010
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I hesitate to call My Personal Trainer: Get in Shape a game, because it's more like a fitness DVD that changes everytime you play it (so you don't get bored doing the same routine over and over again). It also asks you how you're doing and gets more challenging as you get fitter. I've tried most of the fitness games for Wii in my efforts to get fit and fight the flab - this is one of my top two. The other is the My Fitness Coach: Cardio Workout game which is basically bitesize boxercise (good for toning up your arms). You geniunely will get fit and burn off calories doing these workouts regularly. You don't need a huge amount of space either; I use a space of about 6 feet by 10 feet and it's plenty.
The initial set up of My Personal Trainer: Get in Shape is very offputting - you have to spend ages measuring bits of your body and doing a really difficult and demoralising fitness test (well I found it awful, but then I was really unfit - the two minute jump jacks test was a killer!). This probably isn't what you need if you're just starting out, so do yourself a favour and just pretend to do that bit at first. You have to retake the test regularly so you can do it properly later. Skip to the workouts - that's what you've bought the game for!
You can choose your workout type including cardio, upper body, lower body, yoga, etc. Your personal trainer introduces new moves each time you play and there are tutorials you can watch if you've never done them before. The good thing is that you don't need to hold the Wiimote once you've started your workout. The game doesn't know what you're doing so if you're not doing the moves very well, or you've collapsed on the sofa with exhaustion, it doesn't matter - you'll soon get the hang of it with more practice. The personal trainer asks you every so often how you're getting on; if you can't keep up she'll make it easier next time.
The aerobics tutorials are pretty good and easy to follow if you've never done it before, but the yoga ones are a bit rubbish because the narration runs faster than the visual demonstration. If you already know yoga then the yoga workouts are probably great, but you won't be able to learn it by playing this game.
You can set your workout length at 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes. There's a timeline at the bottom of the screen telling you what move you're doing and what move is coming up next. This is great when you're doing a really vigorous move and you can see you've got something easier coming next. I find this really helps me keep going through the challenging bits.
My Personal Trainer: Get in Shape isn't perfect but it's excellent for the price they charge, and it's a lot cheaper than a gym membership (and less embarrassing if you're flabby and unfit). Doing 15 minutes a day nearly killed me at first but now I do 30-45 minutes with ease and I've really grown in confidence. This game is a serious fitness aid - if you're unfit but otherwise in reasonable shape - this game will help you get fit and keep you motivated. Just don't expect to be able to do a 60 minute cardio workout from the get-go!
I'd love the developers to bring out an improved version of the game so if you're listening Ubisoft these are the improvements I'd like to see:
- longer warm ups and cooldowns
- ability to tag certain moves as impossible for you personally (due to injury or because you just really hate them)
- ability to tag certain moves as your favourites
- skip fitness test button (the fitness test should be optional)
- improved yoga tutorials