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My Fitness Coach

I got the My Fitness Coach game for my wii the other day. Yesterday, actually. It is by a software company called ubisoft or something like that. It is not expensive, about $28. So I figured it was worth going for unseen and unreviewed (it only came out Dec 4).

I have used it twice now. Here is my so-far review:

Initial Adjustments: You can choose the location (exercise room), the music, and your fitness goals, both in general and on a daily basis. You can earn more rooms to choose from (there is only one to start) and more music. You can choose when you will work out and for how long.

Fitness testing: The testing is pretty elementary and depends on your being honest. You do an activity and then report on your results. For example, you report how many heart beats you count in 10 seconds. You count the number of sit-ups and push-ups you do. There are only a few fitness tests and you can not substitute something different for any of them; but you can skip one if you like.

Variety: The advertising says the program offers over 450 different exercises. But it doesn't actually give you any choices beyond what your fitness level is perceived to be and what your goals are. Your coach chooses the exercises and you follow along. Obviously, the higher your fitness level the more variety you will likely experience. A nice feature is that as each new exercise is coming up you can see it slide into place, so you can be prepared for it.

Adjustment to you: There is no way to factor in any physical disability. I could not note that my knees are bad, for example, and therefore opt out of exercises that require much knee use. During a typical workout, though, the coach occasionally stops to ask how it's going. You can choose from three options, indicating it's a breeze, it's tough, or you can't keep up. Based on what you answer she will adjust the workout the next time. I chose the last option again and again, hoping there might be some change to the exercises. I discovered that I was given more breaks. Actually, that's okay. I can live with it.

My basic take on the program is that it can be useful for a person with no significant physical drawbacks, other than simple lack of strength or endurance. I suspect it can be fun for a person who wants to go all out, pushing her limits, because the program adjusts to what you tell it about how you are doing.

I feel I can use it too, mainly because I am okay with adjusting the motions to fit my body and my limitations. Because I have only used it twice, I do not know how long it will be before it suggests that I do fitness testing again.

I like how it can adjust daily. I can choose to focus on upper body strength one day and I can stop to do a tutorial in the middle of the workout if I do not know how the exercise is done. This sort of feature is much better than a straight video or DVD program. The next day I can go for lower body (I doubt I will ever do that, frankly, but maybe if I feel like modifying, modifying, modifying). If I am feeling extra strong I can work out for a longer period.

It would be improved if it could be coordinated with your body or heartrate directly - so your heartrate can be monitored on the screen, like with an exercycle, for example, and if there were adjustments to the exercises themselves that you could ask for, based on physical disabilities. Another option would be to choose preferential exercises - that way I could avoid those that I simply cannot do. For the price, though, I am certainly not complaining.



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Dec. 13th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
That is pretty cool! Of course, I've never done exercise videos, and I wouldn't know a wii if it came up and...well, you know.

Interesting review, though. After a while, you might look into training programs for the wii that include p.t. that addresses the special needs for someone with knee issues. Also, look into Glucosamine/Chondroitin for joints. Costco always seems to have it. Also, consider adding collagen to your supplements, because that's definitely good for the joints (as well as hair, skin & nails).

Anyway, good luck with the fitness trainer.

Edited at 2008-12-13 04:41 am (UTC)
Dec. 13th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
I do think there is a huge market for specialized physical therapy with the wii. It's a natural, really.

I take vegan glucosamine (made from corn, not shellfish). I don't take chondroitin because it is not vegan. I do think the glucosamine has helped my knees but it's a progressive disease and it is indeed a bit difficult to stay ahead.
Dec. 13th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
I'm glad you take the glucosamine. There's a nutritionist on the radio--Rob Marshall--who promotes "live-source" formulas, and InViteHealth has expanded their range of vegatarian supplements.

I don't know if Inflammune (InViteHealth) is vegetarian, but it works well against inflammation of joints, sinuses, etc. I swear by the stuff, but not everyone gets the same benefit from it.
Dec. 13th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I will look at that and see if it is vegan. Right now I am using a formula that includes MSM and something else and I am happy with it, but I have to take it three times a day, and I forget! Two is easier.
Dec. 13th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
It uses mussels from New Zealand. Ah well. Mainly, it's the omegas of course, and I do try to get the veg versions into my body.
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