Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010
Reviewed by Didi Cardoso
Review Date Platform Genre Rating Production
2009-11-22 Wii Sports E (Everyone) Majesco / Interactive Game Group

Following the success of the 2009 edition, Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum returns with more energy, customization options and better visuals. How does virtual Jillian fare as a personal trainer though? Let's find out!

I'm not the best person to be talking about exercise. I'm pretty lazy after all. Hell, I don't even think I'd run unless I had a rabid dog after me. And even then... You get the picture.

It was in the process of editing a book that I spent some time with Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010, and let me tell you, it wasn't easy. This is definitely not another Wii Fit game. It's more like the launch trailer itself, boot camp for the unfit (or the fitness enthusiasts).

You being by creating your profile: enter your name, gender, age, height, weight. Although this doesn't really seem to be relevant in terms of tailoring exercises to your needs. The game will also ask you if you have a Wii Balance Board. If you do, you will do a weigh-in, and this will also open up more exercises. If not, you will only have activities available that use the Wii-mote to register movements.

In Jillian's Locker you can change Jillian's workout clothes, check out some food and diet tips, or read some helpful exercise hints.

The Workout Area presents a few menu options. The Island Overview takes you to a map of the island where you can pick any of the available locations to do their respective exercises.

The Single Exercise is exactly what it sounds like. Here you can see a list of the available exercises (all based on cardio and strength), and clicking on them will let you adjust the number of repetitions. You can choose anything from lunges to kicks, bicycle, running, push-ups and crunches, jumping jacks and squats.

You can also pick the background music and location by browsing the other tabs.

Circuit Training offers you five pre-set exercise programs focusing on particular areas of the body, and there is also room for you to create another five. These programs consist of a warm-up, 9 exercises and a cool-down, and can be a total body workout or target specifically abs, upper or lower body.

The Resolutions menu lets you create your custom workout schedule for up to 6 months or pick a ready-made one. Jillians ready-made resolutions include: Arms, Back and Chest (lasting one month); Back 2 Basics (2 months); Total Body Workout (3 months); Ultimate 6 (6 months). When making your own, you pick the exercises or circuits for the day of the week you choose on the calendar. Once you have your weekly schedule ready, you can pick the end date for your Resolution. Resolutions can't be modified, only deleted, so if you change your mind, you must start again.

The main thing to note about this game is that the workout is definitely a lot more challenging than those in Wii Fit or EA Sports Active. The movements are intended to be performed quickly and strongly, at the same pace of virtual Jillian, who isn't exactly the most encouraging and understanding of trainers.

It's intense. It will make you sweat. It will make you tired. You will be sore afterwards. It's not a starting point to exercise games, that's for sure. But if you find that Wii Fit or EA Sports Active isn't challenging enough for you anymore, then this is probably the next step on your exercise videogame collection.

As for me, just looking at the game box makes me tired. I think I need a nap...

Special thanks to Marisa Gross, Ross Matsubara and Majesco for providing a copy of this title.