I am on a mission to lose weight. While I am on the Weight Watchers plan, it does not completely help me lose weight. I need to put in the effort and increase my activity. To do that I bought Zumba Fitness for the Wii so that I could exercise in the house since black ice is causing a problem outside and I look after a six month old during the day. After using it a couple of times, I thought I'd offer my Zumba Fitness review.
Zumba Fitness for the Nintendo Wii - My Zumba Fitness Review
In an attempt to lose weight and get in shape, I bought Zumba Fitness for the Nintendo Wii and now I'm sharing my review.
What Is Zumba Fitness for the Nintendo Wii?
Zumba is becoming a craze. It is full of Latin-American style dance routines and is a high intensity workout.There are now many instructors offering Zumba classes in fitness studios around the world. I've tried a couple of classes and they are great fun but it's become difficult to get to these classes around work, studying and raising a baby. It's led to me needing a way to take advantage of training in my own home, which is where the Nintendo Wii game comes in.
Zumba Fitness is a video game for the Nintendo Wii, but it is also available for the Kinect. There are also dance DVDs that use the Zumba style to help get fit while in the comfort of your own home. You simply place the game or DVD on and can start dancing your fat away.
Zumba Fitness for the Nintendo Wii comes with a fitness belt to place the remote in and you can complete the routines and see how well you follow the on-screen instructions. You are given a percentage for how well you do throughout the routine. Zumba Fitness is a hard workout. After three routines I was left breathing heavily and sweating like crazy. It's all worth it though as I also had fun while completing the workout.
Training Session to Learn the Zumba Fitness Moves
One benefit of the software is that there is a training part. This teaches you all the moves that you need to do. You can keep going back to the training sessions if you find that you can't progress on the skill bar. I haven't tried out the training sessions yet. I wanted to jump straight into the moves. I didn't find it too hard to just follow the dancer on screen but I have a dance background and am used to copying someone in front of me. I'm also not bothered about getting the best percentage; for me, it's all about losing weight and getting fit!
I have found the tracking system quite frustrating though. The system tracks the Wii remote that is sitting in the belt. You have to time the moves exactly and when you get them right the bar at the bottom of the screen turns green. There have been times that I know the moves have been in time with the dancer on the screen but the tracking remained red. This is a problem many people have suffered with when playing Zumba Fitness for the Nintendo Wii. In fact, tracking is an issue with many computer games because of the delay. To be able to get the moves perfect, you often need to be a second ahead of the game.
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Plenty of Tracks to Keep Going With
One thing that I love is that there are plenty of tracks to keep you going. There is a complete mixture of low, medium and high intensity workouts. This is perfect to create a full workout plan with a warm up and cool down, which are important to avoid injuries. You can create a customized workout with the various tracks, adding them where you want. I haven't tried this yet as I've been getting a hang of the game and been trying out the different settings and places for workouts.
It is possible to opt for the single workouts. You choose the exact routines that you want to complete and can do as many or as few as you want, depending on the amount of time you have. This is my favorite since I get to completely mix and match the different styles. I can slow it down as soon as I want instead of waiting a couple of tracks within the workout session. It also means I can train around my daughter's sleeping patterns.
There is also a Zumba Party mix where you choose a workout session. This is slightly different to customizing your own workout. You can do a full session on the Rooftop, in the Zumba fitness studio or in a night club etc. You have to stay within the set area when using Zumba Party. The workout sessions last for 20 or 45 minutes, which offers something for short and medium length workouts. If you want to do longer, you can repeat a workout after you complete the first one.
Zumba Fitness for the Nintendo Wii: A Fun Way to Work Out
Zumba Fitness for the Nintendo Wii offers a fun way to work out. It is possible to set up four profiles to use at the same time, but you need four remotes and four belts. Of course, more people in the home can play along without the belt and remote; those moves just aren't tracked but you will still get a good workout. It is a great group activity and could be something for a house party if you want to have a laugh. It's fun even without having a clue about the moves - as long as you aren't too bothered about getting the timing wrong!
It's also a great chance to learn the Zumba moves without feeling the pressure. I know there are many people who are worried about going to their first class. They don't want to be the laughing stock. This is a good way to learn the basic moves so you have an idea of what you are doing when you get there.