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Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009

Jillian Michael’s Fitness Ultimatum 2009 was the first game of its type to combine a celebrity fitness trainer with the Wii and the Wii Balance Board accessory. Though the game is compatible with the balance board, it is not a requirement. Under Jillian’s expert guidance you can pursue a focused workout through exercise routines with multiple difficulty levels. You can choose either weight loss, strength training intervals or hill climb mode and can set the intensity of your exercise routine to suit your own pace at: light, medium or hard, then dictate workout length in 5, 10, 15, 30, 45, or 60-minute increments You can choose your challenge from branching paths to dictate your own activity. Each challenge has three levels of difficulty, requiring progressively more motion and a harder workout (warm-up, target zone, cool-down, etc.). The game contains motion-based fitness activities such as: running obstacle courses, working on the balance beam, rowing/paddling a raft, crossing monkey bars, punching bags and much more.

In the competitive campfire mode, two players race against each other through individual challenges or the entire physical training course to see who can burn more calories.

You can customize your character and input personal data to serve as a benchmark for measuring progress via the statistics screen that includes calories burned, weight, in game performance and more.

Throughout the game Jillian offers tips for lifestyle and nutrition on topics such as targeted training, maximizing your workout, gym alternatives, traveling workouts, snacking, eating out, food substitutions, and cooking, but you actually have to work for these tips, so progressing through the game earns you more tips.

This game can be an intense workout with good intervals, but it does have a few flaws. The game doesn’t do a very good job of implementing the Wii controls; they are not responsive with a considerable delay. The on screen character does not mimic your actions as you would expect and this can be very frustrating. The onscreen instructions for performing the exercises are not very helpful or informative either, but with practice and perseverance you can learn how the game works and can get a decent workout and get your heart rate up.

This game is rated “E” for everyone.

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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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