NewU Fitness First Personal Trainer
With the fitness craze on the Nintendo Wii starting to pick up
even more, there
have been some really good uses of this system in terms of fitness and
NewU Fitness First Personal Trainer is no exception to the rule. Unlike
the Wii Fit, NewU seems to targets a more mature market we you pick up
from the sleek interface. With
this in mind, the title is not a game per se but rather a fitness or lifestyle
product that not only assists with fitness but can be used a guide
Before engaging in the game, it's probably wise to have some level of
fitness before embarking on your fitness conquest and if in doubt,
definitely seek medical advice. Once you are clear, you need to create a
profile for NewU Fitness First Personal Trainer in order to set your goals.
profile, you need to inform the game of your weight, height and diet in order for
it to assist you with your upcoming exercises plus your BMI (body mass
The title also supports multiple profiles if you have other users in your household
which is definitely a handy feature. While
creating your profile, you need to select your personal trainer and
even an virtual environment where your trainer will appear and for this
review, we chose the "beach" theme. Another cool feature of NewU is that
the personal trainers all have different personalities and approaches to
fitness which is a nifty idea of keeping things fresh and original.
Once your profile is setup, there are a variety of fitness options
for the user and you can even target a particular part of the body to
work out such as your thighs or buttocks. Whether you are targeting your weight
or attempting to get fit again, such as a healthy heart rate, this game
does it all.
There is even a fitness
challenge that the more adventurous user may wish to attempt. In
essence, this title creates a virtual personal trainer on your Nintendo
Wii and will hopefully not only motivate you in the home but also
outside your home in an attempt to achieve your fitness goals. Best of all, the game has been developed by fitness consultants from
Fitness First, one of the world's largest health fitness health centers.
The title is compatible with the Wii Balance Board
which not only assists in weight measurement but also in some of the
exercises included in this product such as push ups. If you do not own a Wii Balance
Board, the title can still be successfully used with the Wiimote which
monitors your exercises in relation to the ones being displayed on the
With the dietary aspects of the title, You are What You Eat
have assisted in the creation of this product by providing nutritionists
as a reference
to compliment the exercises that you'll be performing and best of all,
the meals are quite tasty and some are extremely easy to make.
Supporting a range of dietary choices from vegetarians to gluten-free,
the product can even assist in muscle gain for those wishing to bulk up
The exercises in NewU
Fitness First Personal Trainer are very well explained to the user
with not too much information on screen at once to confuse you. Although
your trainer performs the exercises for a demonstration, there is also a
bar to assist with timing and a counter for the amount of repetitions
that you do and is quite professional. Basically, it works extremely
After using this title for several weeks with my wife, I must admit
that it has really assisted us in our fitness regime as the product does
offer a full body workout and best of all, the title monitors your
progress and assists in the motivation to continue using the program
with some great positive feedback and techniques from our instructors.
Graphically, the title is quite slick and has an Apple feel to it
that looks quite professional and unlike EA Sports Active. The title
uses videos of the personal trainers which does assist in mastering the
exercises they are trying to demonstrate as opposed to 3D graphics like
Active or Wii Fit.
With the incarnation of real-life video, the product
definitely takes itself away from a "game" and is more of a fitness tool.
The only issue with the graphics is that the superimposed backgrounds
look a touch tacky but nonetheless, this should not cause an issue. The
menu system as mentioned is quite funky and the menu music suits
perfectly that is matched with some professional voice acting by the
personal trainers making this quite an impressive product.
With such a busy lifestyle for Australians, finding the time to
exercise can be tricky, however with NewU Fitness First Personal
Trainer, it's just a
push of the button away to the perfect body. The title can even be used
with a partner which is almost like a gym experience.
However with that
said, it's probably not advisable to "just" rely on NewU Fitness First
but this is definitely an impressive tool to compliment any other
non-Wii fitness regime such as bike riding or swimming. At
the end of the day, NewU Fitness First Personal Trainer is a very impressive product for
the Nintendo Wii that obvious targets a particular ownership of this