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Jackie Chan J-Mat Fitness

The Jackie Chan J-Mat, a game for the Xavix, is a DanceDanceRevolution-inspired device you spread out on the floor in front of your TV. It comes with the game cartridge, the dance pad, and two-pound hand weights for added resistance. The game offers an aerobic workout with Jackie Chan as your personal instructor with three levels of difficulty. In the Vigorous Step, dancing portion, you can have fun while trying to match the music pattern in screen with the dance mat. There are also various levels of difficulty. In the Jackie’s Action Run, you will become Jackie Chan and travel through the streets of Hong Kong in a five-minute workout, which includes walking, running, jumping, squats and side-steps. There are three intensity levels to choose from. The dash and reflex modes of the game are designed to test and improve your agility and reaction time. Overall the game offers challenge and variety. It can also track your exercise and calorie expenditure separately from anyone else that logs in and plays the game.

The workout with this game is a lot of fun and it really gets you heart pumping. Kids enjoy it; they seem to catch on to the patterns a lot easier initially than they do with DanceDanceRevolution (DDR); this may have something to do with the design of the dance pad, which features only 4 sections in a straight line, rather than multi-directional arrows as DDR does.

The game does have a few downfalls; the graphics are not as up to date as some of the newer games on the market. The game does not have a multiplayer mode; it can only be played alone. Also, the shape of the J-Mat makes you stretch your legs out to reach the two furthest pads for some of the dance and aerobics patterns. For a smaller child or for a shorter person, this could be difficult. Although it can be hard on your feet, to prevent the mat from breaking, you really should play without shoes.

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© 2013. NMSU Board of Regents. All rights reserved. This project was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the National Research Initiative (Grant #2008-55215-18837).

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