Wii Your Shape Game Review - 500 Exercises Personalized to You

I enjoy incorporating Wii games into my workout routine to vary things up a bit. I was excited to add Your Shape to my collection. The game includes more than 500 exercises in addition to features that can't be found in any other Wii game.

How Does Your Shape Work?

Your Shape is a game for the Wii platform. The game includes a small camera that projects your image onto the TV screen. This allows you to see yourself as you workout and helps to ensure that you perform each exercise correctly.

Your Shape is hosted by Jenny McCarthy. Jenny also serves as a workout partner/trainer throughout the game. She encourages you as you exercise with motivating statements. Jenny will also tell you when your form is incorrect and help you adjust your arms, legs, and the rest of your body accordingly.

What Others Are Saying - Does Your Shape Really Deliver?

Customer reviews on Your Shape are mixed. One reviewer considers it the "the most incredible workout on the Wii to date" but admitted that the camera can be "finicky". Read his helpful review here.

Another user reports that the "learning curve on this one feels very tedious."

However, the general consensus is that the game offers challenging workouts and an easy set-up.

Will It Help Me Lose Weight?

Your Shape can definitely help you lose weight. The game provides a gym level aerobic workout. If you follow the workouts and play the game consistently, you will experience weight loss. As with any cardio workout, you will see the best results if you eat the appropriate number of calories and incorporate other physical activity, such as weight or resistance training, into your daily routine.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Your Shape includes more than 500 exercises, making it hard to get bored.
     
  • The game helps you do the exercises right so that you can reduce your risk of injury.
     
  • You don't need to have a controller in your hand while you are exercising, which means that you can incorporate your own hand weights and other workout tools.

Cons

  • There is a learning curve. It will take time to learn how to do the exercises just right.
     
  • The camera is sensitive and may not pick up your movements correctly if you are wearing the wrong color clothing or if you have pets, children, ceiling fans, and other moving objects in the room with you.

Problems and Complaints

The biggest problem with Your Shape is the camera. Although the game is high-tech, the camera is not. If your workout clothes are the same color as the wall behind you, the camera will have difficulty discerning your movements. The best way to fix this is by wearing contrasting colors--if your wall is beige, you need to wear black or another dark color.

Nevertheless, you may still experience detection problems as well as some lag between the movements you do and their appearance on your TV screen.

One reviewer summed it up well by saying that Your Shape is a "great idea" but may be "too frustrating to deal with". Read this extensive review here.

Is Your Shape Better Than Other Wii Games?

Your Shape offers a better workout than Wii games that focus more on fun and less on exercise. However, the workout could be considered equal to those obtained from games like Wii Fit and My Fitness Coach. The benefit of Your Shape is that you can see yourself on the TV, which helps you stay motivated and do the exercise right.

How Does Your Shape Rate Overall?

Your Shape has a 3 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. Although the game has received a lot of good reviews and praise, many reviewers were disappointed in the quality of the camera and provided lower ratings as a result.

Where Can I Buy or Read More Reviews for Your Shape?

You can purchase Your Shape on Amazon. The site offers the game at a heavy discount and also provides free Super Saving Shipping if your order totals more than $25 (at the time of this writing). Your Shape has been reviewed by hundreds of Amazon customers. Reading through some of these reviews can help you further evaluate the pros and cons of the game.

Guest post from Bailey Harris. Bailey writes about health insurance quotes and related topics for www.healthinsurancequotes.org.

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