January 28, 2013

Healthy Gaming Diary: Week 3

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dear Diary,

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 BoxartI’m glad to be done with last week’s title and ready to move on to a new one. Literally. This week begins my foray into Ubisoft’s Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, exclusively for Wii U.  I have used the previous Your Shape games on Microsoft Xbox Kinect, but this year it was only available on the Wii U.

The first time in the game, the Gamepad is used to set up the player profile (height, weight, age, picture, etc.) and also to select the type of workout you want to do.  I chose to go with a program, though there are plenty of 5 to 10 minute individual routines to choose from.  The program I’m starting with is a 4 day Weight Loss program.  So away we go.

Today’s workout consisted of 2 routines, each lasting approximately 10 minutes. The first was all cardio and was like a step program.  Constant moving to the beat of the music (which is actually not bad at all) performing reps of each exercise.  For ten minutes straight, I was moving, never stopping. Swinging arms, lifting legs, hopping back and forth, etc. It was actually very enjoyable and definitely got the heart pumping.

Once that was done, the second routine was a full body workout. This one consisted of several different arm lifts (working out pecs, triceps, biceps, etc.). These could have weights added for a more intense workout, though I wonder how I would hold the Wii Remote at the same time. I guess I’ll have to rig up another velcro holder like I did a few years ago.  Some squats were also on the menu tonight though not nearly as intense as my last day with EA Sports Active 2.  Finally, the workout ended with some really great Ab workouts and a short stretch/cool down.

While the time spent with Your Shape 2013 wasn’t nearly as long as either Sports Active 2 or Nike+, it felt just as intense and I really felt good after. It felt more like a full workout than the other two did.  I think this is mostly because the exercises went from one to the other with no loading screen and no pauses, so this 20 minute workout was truly a full-on 20 minutes.  The only break was between the two sets.

I’m actually looking forward to doing this again tomorrow.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dear Diary,

Your Shape 3Your Shape Fitness Evolved is shaping up to be a really fun workout program.  The sessions are relatively short but intense.  The first of two sessions seems to always be the cardio workout to get the body warm and the heart pumping. Unlike yesterday’s step routine, today was all about jogging and bouncing and keeping the legs moving at all times.  It may have seemed like a lot by the time I was done but it was very enjoyable and it was nice to find a program that doesn’t repeat the same things I did yesterday.

The second session did more leg work as well as quite a few exercises to work the abs.  A little too many for me, actually.  After so many crunches, my abs were actually cramping so I had to ease up and not do as many as Your Shape wanted me to.

Once the two sessions were done, I decided to have a look through all the different routines available in this program, and there are quite a number of them.  I first chose an upper body cool down routine since my abs needed it.  The cool down routines are just what they sound like: simple, non-impact stretches to help ease the muscles.

Once that was done, and since it was late and I am definitely ready for bed, I chose to try out one of the Zen relaxation programs.  Unlike the exercises that require the use of the Wii Remote in my right hand, this one required me to sit on the floor with the GamePad in front of me. Then a circle appears on the GamePad and I need to find a ball of light and keep it inside the circle as it travels in different patterns: figure 8, waves, double heart, etc.  It really did help to calm my breathing and heart rate and was very relaxing, and fun too.

So far, I am really enjoying this new version of Your Shape and it’s turning out to be a must have program for anyone who has a Wii U and wants a good exercise program.  There is so much to choose from here that every day can certainly be something new.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Dear Diary,

Your Shape 1It’s day 3 with Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 and I am truly enjoying the variety of activities this program is bringing my way.  As usual, today’s workout consisted of another 2 sessions but at a higher difficulty level, with the first one being a good 10 minute cardio warm-up. This time, however, the cardio was a series of dance steps. I almost felt like I was playing Dance Central or Just Dance.  Unfortunately, there is no instructions beforehand showing how to do each move so I had to just figure it out as I went along.  It didn’t take long to figure everything out but the important thing is that I just kept moving and enjoyed the cardio workout.

The second session provided more full body routines: tricep curls, lunges, biceps, and crunches.  A good all around session once again.

What I’m really enjoying about this program is the incredible variety of exercises available. Even after the daily program is done, there are plenty of other things to do. Each day, Your Shape provides three random “To Do” items as a challenge.  Performing these challenges nets some extra coins to spend within the game.  I have yet to understand what these coins are for, but I’m assuming it will be for buying extra routines down the road.  Coin rewards and build in achievements all provide some fun incentive to continue coming back every day.  As if getting fit and losing weight wasn’t enough!

Saturday, January 27, 2013

Dear Diary.

Your Shape 2My final day (during the course of this project, anyway) with Ubisoft’s Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 for the Wii U.  What a really great and enjoyable week it has been.  I feel good, and the workouts each day provided something completely different and interesting on a consistent basis.  With so many different workouts to choose from in this program, its no wonder every day can be something new.  Today’s double session began with another Cardio burn routine with lots of different types of lunges and fast jogging, with a consistent bouncing movement between each drill.  It lasted just over 10 minutes and definitely got the heart pumping and this cold room warmed up fast.

As most programs near their completion they tend to give the player everything they’ve got so I was expecting something entirely killer for the second session.  I was pleasantly surprised to be presented with a 6 minute Pilates workout that concentrates on strengthening the core muscles.  I have never done Pilates before and I really enjoyed this more relaxed set of drills.

I have realized, through this week, that I enjoy the toning and core training workouts much more than the high intensity cardio routines.  Perhaps this is what I should be concentrating on right now so I don’t burn myself out too quickly.  When this Healthy Gaming project is complete, I feel like I will definitely come back to Your Shape 2013 on a regular basis.  The sheer number of exercises available can easily keep someone busy for a very long time.  Anyone who owns a Wii U and is looking for a workout program, this is definitely the one to invest in.  I feel great after using this program and am a little sad that I’ll be saying goodbye to it for a while as I move on to another program.

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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