Daisy Fuentes Pilates for Nintendo Wii Review

When Virtual Instruction Doesn't Compare to the Real Thing

Daisy Fuentes Pilates for Wii.
Daisy Fuentes Pilates for Wii. Amazon

TV personality Daisy Fuentes is a longtime proponent of Pilates, so it's fitting that she has created the aptly titled Daisy Fuentes Pilates video game for Nintendo Wii. Wii technology - in this case, the balance board and remote sensor - seems to offer exciting new ways to learn Pilates and refine your own practice, but Fuentes' workout program fails to realize that potential.

From 5 minutes of running in place, barefoot on a hard surface; to poor exercise demonstration; an irrelevant emphasis on things like exercise timing, changing scenery, and inexplicably long rest periods, this semi-Pilates experience leaves a lot to be desired.

Daisy Fuentes Pilates Fast Facts

Description

  • A slightly interactive Pilates workout with the option to use Wii balance board and remote
  • Teaches 10 exercises in a separate session from the workout
  • Offers several workout options at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
  • Exercise instructions are in a section separate from the workout
  • Choose your workout scenery, from tropical gardens to a spa
  • Exercises demonstrated by an animation of Daisy Fuentes
  • Retails for approximately $20

Pros

  • Wii Pilates offers lots of options about how to experience Pilates
  • Exercise instructions are very basic, but sufficient
  • Overall presentation is organized and attractive

Cons

  • Exercises are not demonstrated with good form
  • Video game tracks your exact timing on exercises, something practically irrelevant
  • Exercises are odd choices, presented in an odd order and modified haphazardly
  • Wii board and remote offer nothing in terms of improving performance

    Expert Review of Daisy Fuentes Pilates for Wii 

    Trying Daisy Fuentes Pilates was my first introduction to the Wii balance board and remote sensor interactive technology. From what I heard, I thought the Wii would be a great workout and teaching tool for Pilates. Someday, it might be.

    As it turns out, you never even get on the balance board and the program doesn't track how you are using your body at all - something that is so important in Pilates.

    Actually, the program is fixated on making sure that you move in time with the animation on the screen. Is that important? I expected a lot more from the balance board and remote. For example, using the sensor technology to reflect important aspects of Pilates movement, like pelvic or upper body stability, would be incredibly helpful.

    You can choose a short workout or a longer, "classic" workout, but neither offers a real taste of the depth of Pilates mat work. Of the 10 exercises offered, most are strangely modified. The Pilates neck pull, which is usually an advanced exercise, is made unrecognizable. Others are done improperly, like an extreme straddle stretch done repeatedly with poor leg and hip alignment. There is no real progression across levels either. Advancing merely means more repetition.

    Daisy Fuentes trained with Mari Winsor and was a spokesperson for Winsor Pilates. Here she appears as a kind of hostess. The exercises and workouts are demonstrated by an animation of Fuentes: an animation so slim, long-limbed and buxom I wondered what the point is.

    But more importantly, an animation so bow legged it is impossible to see good leg alignment, not that there is attention to that anyway, so inflexible in the mid and low spine it misses important spinal articulations, and so hyper flexible in ways it encourages unsafe movement.

    The Bottom Line

    If you're looking for a good workout, look elsewhere. There are many ways to enjoy your practice, whether you take a studio class or invest in a great Pilates DVD set.

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