When I first heard about the Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2011 Wii game, I thought, “what a cool idea!” I couldn’t wait to try it out, loving the idea that it would be interactive and promised a good workout. The Wii fitness game finally arrived, and I was eager to get started, hoping that it would be fun and help me to lose those extra pounds.
The Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2011 game can be played with or without a balance board. To be able to really get an idea of how this game works, it was used with and without the balance board. I was lucky enough to borrow my friend Sally’s balance board, and my friend Dania borrowed the game from me and tested it without the balance board.
One of the first things I noticed was how hard it was to hear Jillian’s voice on the game. She is overpowered by upbeat music and sound effects, and even turning up the overall volume did not help much. If you have little ones running around your feet while you’re trying to work out in your living room, this game will do nothing more than frustrate you as you try to listen to the instructions.
I really liked that there is a story that goes along with the workout. There is a fast food corporation that you as the player must work to take down and rid the world of junk food. I couldn’t get very far into the challenges, however, because if you don’t perform the exercises in exactly the correct way (while holding one of the Wii remotes) then you get points against you. There are no save points, and you have to start again. This is very frustrating, and prolongs game play. I never did get to the end. While using the balance board, I also had to stop every so often to do a weigh in. I thought this was silly and completely unnecessary since weight loss is something that happens slowly over time, and not within minutes. When stopping, this also causes your heart rate to slow down; you have to stand completely still for the weigh in to work.
After all of my frustrations with it, I passed the game on over to Dania, who is my fitness junkie friend, and a huge fan of Jillian Michaels. Dania tested it without the balance board, and though game play is slightly different, she also didn’t feel it provided a good workout. Her heart rate did not stay where she needed it to be to get an effective workout.
I’ve heard that Jillian’s DVDs are very effective (Dania loves them), and for someone who wants to work out with Jillian, they may be the better route to go. The best thing that came out of owning this Wii game is that I got a voucher inside of it to get 1 month of free access to Jillian’s website for custom workouts for my needs. Those workouts were very effective, and if the DVDs I am currently trying out do not give me the workout I need, then I will happily pay to use the website again.
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.*