I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Jillian Michaels’ exclusive preview of her new Fitness Ultimatum 2010 for Nintendo Wii and DS last week.
Best known as the strength trainer and life coach on NBC’s hit series “The Biggest Loser.” I admit I’ve never actually watched the show, instead I am more familiar with her workout DVD’s, one of which I used to get my butt back in shape after being on bed rest for 7 months and delivering via c-section two years ago – Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred. While it was easy to lose the weight while breastfeeding, I wanted the tone that Jillian showed on the cover of her DVDs. Let me tell you, her body was even more impressive face to face. Drool worthy biceps!
The event was held at the Chelsea Piers Sports Center where she debuted her 2nd and much anticipated “Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010”. Her first video game, “Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009” had sold over 600,000 units. During the event she took us through
many of the new features and discussed the entire process, personal philosophy and approach
to creating the game. She spent countless hours in a motion capture suit to ensure the exercises were accurately portraying her movements. This updated game, utilizing the Wii Balance Board accessory, was designed personally by Jillian herself and includes many new features such as my favorite, the “Resolutions” mode which features customizable “realistic” training calendar, planning routines for up to 6 months in advance, tracking your progress! Set on a rugged Pacific jungle island, you train One-on-One with Jillian(‘s avatar) while she motivates and kicks your butt with the wit and personality you see on “The Biggest Loser”. I was incredibly impressed by the entire format. I am a former gym rat turned workout DVD user. The feedback and responsiveness of the game is something you simply cannot achieve with a DVD workout. DVD’s don’t account for the inaccuracy of your form or motivate you when you’re slowing down. This game through its constant feedback from the motion detection in the balance board and joystick does just that. I appreciate the ability to skip exercises that you might not be too comfortable with, although, mark my word, the game compensates with other exercises that will help you reach your end goal. This is a serious workout tool, but if looking at it as a game is what gets you moving, by all means, it’s a GAME!
Meeting Jillian was an incredible experience. She isn’t your typical celebrity. So incredibly accessible to her fans, she was eagerly engaging us and talking to us. Amidst picture-taking and autographing books, she answered as many questions as she could about motivating ourselves, simple steps to creating a healthier life… very relatable and honest. Some things that really resonated with me was finding your own “mantra” or motivation. No one can motivate you but yourself. You have to want it badly enough. Also being healthier is as simple as eating right (organic), getting enough sleep (duh!) and exercising. Just incorporating those 3 little things and you will have significantly improved your quality of life. I, sadly, still do not have a Wii, despite wanting one FOREVER! But perhaps my DH will want (hint, hint!) to get me one as my push present. Seeing this video game makes me want one even more. In the meantime, I’ll have to run next door and sneak in a game or two at my nephew’s. I hear getting your body back after
subsequent pregnancies gets harder and harder – argh! I’m going to need Jillian to kick my butt again!