If you like the show The Biggest Loser, it will be fun to play along with the players. Jillian and Bob are here to whip you into shape.
This 2009 video game offers an interactive workout based on the hit reality TV series, The Biggest Loser, via the popular Nintendo Wii.
How Does The Biggest Loser for Wii Work?
It’s like a virtual gym in your living room. You also get a virtual trainer. You get to choose between Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. The game offers a 4, 8, or 12-week program. It designs a workout and a nutrition plan just for you.
Using a Wii remote and a Wii balance board, you compete in Biggest Loser challenges that burn calories. You also have access to a fitness program, where you can make goals and form an action plan.
The game offers you 88 exercises from which you can pick and choose to create your own routine. It also offers you a “Health and Lifestyle Tool” through which contestants and trainers share tips, motivation, and recipes from the Biggest Loser cookbooks.
If you desire, you can even weigh yourself daily using the Wii balance board.
What Others Are Saying – Does The Biggest Loser for Wii Work?
What people like about this game is that it incorporates all the features of the real show. It has a huge variety of exercises to choose from and the explanations of how to do them are excellent
You can customize the length and intensity of each workout. The graphics are great, too, and it feels like you are really there. “It’s a complete workout game” says Liang whose wife lost 5 lbs already doing the game for one week.
This game promotes exercise, and yes, if you follow the exercises, regardless of how much you enjoy the “game” aspect, this program could help you lose weight. There is nothing gimmicky about it – it’s just exercises.
How Much Weight Will I Lose?
Shirey and her husband bought this game at the beginning of the year to jump-start their weight loss. Her husband lost 10 pant sizes and 100 lbs, “and I've lost 30 lbs”, says Shirey who can’t recommend enough this program.
Pros and Cons
You can choose the length of your workouts and challenges, so if you are in a hurry, you can just do a short workout.
The balance board is optional – you can play the game without it.
The game includes a calendar option which you can use to schedule your training.
The game includes yoga.
You can easily pause the game if and when you need to.
Each exercise includes a demonstration.
The game allows two players to compete against each other.
- It features former contestants from the television series.
Many of the exercises ask you to put the remote “in your pocket,” which is inconvenient if you don’t have a pocket. You will probably end up tucking the remote into your waistband, which is not very comfortable.
The Wii is inconsistent regarding the movements of the remote. Sometimes you can really be hustling, and the Wii will tell you that you are not moving. If you are in competition mode, this can be really frustrating.
The game’s “calorie counter” can be inaccurate. For example, you might work out for 40 minutes, to then have the game tell you that you only burned 60 calories.
Sometimes the “weigh-ins” are also inaccurate.
The exercises can become repetitive.
The graphics are basic.
Some users find that the music is monotonous.
Not that you would ever do this, but it is easy to cheat. If your opponent just shakes his or her remote, the game might well interpret that as jogging.
Some of the exercises require a lot of room.
- You need to look at the screen a lot, which can be difficult when exercising.
Problems and Complaints:
The trainers repeat the same encouragements over and over, so they quickly lose their value. Reviewer Sean writes, “If I have to hear Bob call me ‘overweight lover’ one more time I may go nuts.”
How Does it Rate Overall?
Reviews are mixed. On Amazon it has been rated 3.5 stars out of 5. While many people are able to have fun with the game, particularly those who come to the game already fans of the TV show, the game itself is not very sophisticated, and does not utilize all of the capabilities of the Nintendo Wii.
However, any exercise burns calories, and if this game gets you moving, it might be a worthwhile investment.