Summer time is almost here and that pesky little belly pocket is back. I must admit, the last time I exercised was, well... probably around the time I did my Can You Lose Weight Playing Just Dance 3? article (hangs head in shame). All that hard work's been undone, but thankfully I have Zumba Fitness 2 for the Wii to test out.
Based on the same principles of my last challenge, I did Zumba everyday for 2 weeks. Each day I would check my weight and measure my hips and waist. As you can see from the table I saw (and felt) results.
|Day||Weight (kg)||Hips (cm)||Waist (cm)||Workout (mins)|
One brilliant feature on Zumba Fitness 2 is the 'Progress Tracker'. As I mentioned in my Zumba Fitness 2 overview, the Progress Tracker collects your gender, weight and height in a personal profile. This information is then used to track your weight, calories burned, technique percentage and amount of time played over days, weeks and months.
It is similar to the Just Dance Sweat Mode graph but more detailed. In addition you can look back on your stats from when you first made your profile rather than being limited to just one week. The only thing that could possibly make this feature better, is an option to add your hip and waist measurements (it would've saved me making the table above).
There are 3 class lengths to choose from, Short, Mid-Length and Full. Each of these has a choice of 10 classes all with varying intensities. You can also create your own workout by making a playlist in the single song section. I opted to do Full Classes during my challenge, apart from one day where I tried out a Mid-Length Class (it was 6am in the morning and I was tired, OK).
There aren't set challenges like the sweat mode on Just Dance 3 but there are medals to be won by completing set tasks. These range from completing a class, to burning a certain amount of calories in a week to getting a good technique percentage.
At the end of every song (in addition to your Zumba, Hot, Nice and Stars ratings) I noticed the instructor reacts differently depending on how well you did. This is usually a gesture such as thumbs middling to spinning around in what seems like a frenzied display of happiness.
You also get a score card at the end which tells you how well you did. This information is then stored in the Statistics area of the Progress Tracker.
I'll be honest, I was sceptical of at first. I really enjoyed the Just Dance 3 challenge and couldn't imagine anything topping it. Not to mention, Zumba seemed way too much like hard work (the music seemed a little naff too). Now I'm not saying one is better than the other, because these two games couldn't be more different. OK they both have dancing (check), but whereas Just Dance can be casual, social and a bit of fun whilst losing a few pounds, there is no mistaking that Zumba is all about the fitness (even with its multiplayer option).
At first this two week Zumba Fitness 2 challenge felt like a chore. It was hard (technically and physically) there was no mistaking that this was exercise. In contrast to Just Dance 3, time really seemed to drag. Once I started to notice the results though, my whole attitude changed. Now, I just can't get enough. This fitness game helped tighten up the flab. I noticed it most on my thighs and well ass area. Team Zumba Fitness 2 with a bit of Just Dance 3 and you'll be unstoppable. Lets hope I keep it up this time!comments powered by Disqus