One of my New Year resolutions is saving money, and it doesn’t look like our current lifestyle fits in our budget. Unfortunately for me, I might have to cut back on my Zumba classes. Here is a Monday night class my sister and I usually go to.
No, I am not happy about it either, but since we have punch cards, I can probably scale back on going there to every other week. However, I am not giving up my Zumba time – just moving it into in-home environment – thank you to the Zumba Fitness World Party for WII game I recently received from Majesco.
I have to admit I am a huge fan of games that make me move – I feel super productive!
This game includes a disk and a belt. The remote goes into the belt on your hip and your movements (if done correctly) earn you some point. My sister is my best Zumba buddy and she was excited to take Zumba Fitness World Party for a spin.
As you would expect, the game tracks calories burned. Like other similar active games, you can set up your goals, track your calorie intake, and follow your progress. You also earn shiny rewards for the job well done and you have a special place it is displayed.
I absolutely love the fact that you can make a complete class that includes warm up and cool-off and you have a great flexibility of picking the leght of the class. Pick between 60, 40 or 20 minutes mode and if you are extra demanding – create your custom workout.
WHILE WORKING OUT
While you are shaking you bootie, a few things take place:
Player feedback indicator measures your success and is letting you know how well you are doing – from Nice to Hot to Zumba! By getting the higher rating you get upgraded to a different environment. The so-so job will keep you lonely on the screen. Hard work will land you in colorful places with lots of people dancing with you. It is a world party afterall. Your progress also unlocks new songs that are otherwise are not accessible to you.
If you are not in a mood for a whole workout class, pick a single routine and enjoy.
Have you noticed that Zumba thought by different instructors is very different. Have you ever participated in the Zumbathon? You get to dance with different instructors and styles back to back. The Zumba World Tour is that and so much more, because you have 30+ dance styles at your fingertips from around the world including Salsa, Hip-Hop, Tahitian, Calypso, Bollywood, Cumbia, Reggaeton and Irish Step, plus new additions like Plena, Blues, Capoeira and Girly Funk.
If you go into the World Tour part of the disk, you can pick Zumba of seven exotic locations and collect postcards, bonus videos, and souvenirs along the way.
DO YOUR REALLY NEED THE BELT?
To be perfectly honest with you the belt is great if you are doing a class since you don’t really use it – it does the work for you tracking your movements. But if you are jumping from menu to menu and trying one thing after another, you have to keep pulling it out and sliding it back in.
We also have tried playing without the belt. If you secure the remote on your hip under the elastic bend of your workout shorts or pants, it works quite well too.
And if you put the remote in your pocket you will find out very quickly – it doesn’t track well simply because it moves too much on its own regardless of what you do.
HAVING FRIENDS OVER?
The WII game supports up to 6 players at the same time. You can create new profiles or dance as a guest.
LEARN THE STEPS
If you are not sure how to do certain steps, try Learn the Steps section. It includes 13 core dance styles. Being limited it can’t possibly cover all the movements, but like with everything you will have to try following the instructor few times to figure out how to do it right.
THE FAV PART
I quit most of my workout DVDs because of the redundancy, but this game is changing from class to class and you have so many different options to keep your workout different I can see myself sticking with in-home Zumba routines for a very long time