My daughter loves Fit in Six for the Wii. Frankly, that’s enough for me to recommend it to everyone… but you probably won’t buy it just because my eight year old likes it. So let’s look at it in a little more detail.
Fit in Six by Ubisoft is split into six areas of exercise (hence the clever name):
- Upper Body
- Lower Body
The aim is to help you develop in all areas so you don’t become unbalanced and over emphasize in any one area.
The program is simple to use. You first create a user and give it your height and weight and it will ask you for your goals (it helps you work these out).
You then select each area of fitness in turn and it will take you through an exercise routine to develop and strengthen those areas. It will also keep a record of your progress, measuring your performance so you can see where you are improving and what you need to focus a little more on.
The exercises are not hard but I found that meeting the original minimum goal was hard… which is probably how it should be because it means the program is pushing you to improve and increase your strength and stamina.
There is space for the whole family to have their own unique id’s and training programs in the system but one drawback is that only one person can use it at any one time so if you exercise with a friend or family member, only one of you will have your progress recorded.
If you have one of UbiSoft’s little USB camera’s attached to your Wii, the program will show you exercising alongside the instructor. It was a little weird at first to see myself in all my overweight lumpiness next to the super-toned instructor but when I got used to it, it was actually really helpful as it allowed me to see how well I was copying the instructor’s movements (or how badly!)
Having used the Xbox Kinect a few times, I have to say that the Wii, even with the camera, lags behind it somewhat in terms of the system recognizing what you’re doing. It would have been great if it could say ‘lift your leg a little higher’ or ‘jog a little faster’ because it was seeing what I was doing… but maybe I’m just a little spoiled by all this newfangled technology.
So let’s see how well the game scored, shall we:
- A great way to use your Wii to help you get in shape without needing extra hardware like the Wii Fit
- It can keep tabs on the progress of all the members of your family
- My daughter loved it! Finding something that can help her keep in shape is great as far as I’m concerned!
- It uses the camera (if you have one or buy the box that has one in), but it would be better if it could also use it to detect your motion
- If you exercise with someone else, it will only keep track of one person’s progress at a time.
- It doesn’t bring you a towel and water!
Seventy Seven percent is a solid score in my scoring system, which is good because this is a good, solid program. Sure it could always have more to it if the technology was there but it does a fine job as it is and I think could really help anyone who wants to exercise at home to get fitter, healthier and more balanced.
Ubisoft have kindly given us a copy to give away. To enter to win a copy, you get one entry for each of these things:
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