It has been a fun couple of weeks at Dancemania as we were selected to review the New Nintendo Wii Zumba game by the people who made it. There has been lots of shakin’ of the hips and shoulder shimmies, whilst at the same time smiles all round whilst playing this exciting new game.
The layout and setup is very much similar to previous Wii games such as ‘Just Dance’ and ‘The Micheal Jackson Experience’ but it does offer a guaranteed work out and will definitely get you sweating!! It does’nt matter what your ability level is as you can either start at the “Learn the Steps” training sessions or you can soar straight up to the advanced routines, where you can get up to four players involved in a Zumba dance off…..yep you heard me, a Zumba Dance off!!
Along with the game you also receive a Zumba belt which allows you to have your hands free and the Wii remote is situated on your hip, so your body/hip movements can be recorded. The Zumba belt is a good idea, although as you perspire I did feel that the belt had a tendency to slip sometimes. Throughout each level you are guided by the instructions of an on-screen instructor and your Zumba journey will give you the opportunity to learn nine different dance styles that include Hip-Hop, Salsa, Mambo and Reggaeton. To register how well you are doing, the on-screen instructor will glow from red, amber to green (green meaning you are doing great!). The more the instructor glows green, the more points you will get meaning you can progress onto the next level.
When I first had a go, I was in my lounge with my window blinds wide open for the world to see the Zumba party. Starting with the basic warm-up within minutes my temperature had risen and I was starting to feel the benefits! After 10 minutes of warming up there was no doubt that this game will be a valuable exercise source for most people across the world, which can be easily accessed from the comfort of your own home. If you were to play on this game daily, I do believe you could start noticing a vast improvement in your fitness, it is purely just whether you prefer to exercise from home or in a class situation with others.
I do feel that some of the graphics were somewhat basic but at the end of the day the game did not disappoint when it came to the music, encouragement from the instructors and the full body workout it gave you. With 30 different routines to get your teeth stuck into, the pounds will drop off without you even noticing as you groove and get down. I also feel the Zumba Wii game would be perfect for parties and social gatherings, as what better way to get the party atmosphere going than with the mambo beats, which will get anyone up dancing!
Zumba has become such a popular new craze that I believe this Wii game will be a huge success. It gives you the opportunity to exercise whilst having fun and all of the Dancemania crew have certainly enjoyed using it. If you are Zumba mad you could even play the game and attend the classes, think how fit and delicious you will look!
If you want to know what to wear for Zumba then start with your feet and check out our great selection of Dance Sneakers, or if you have a bit of time read our blog post “What are the best shoes for Zumba fitness?“. We have just got in the new Bloch Twist Dance Sneakers which are funky, fantastic and designed to support your foot in all the right places. Also the trusted Bloch Amalgams are very popular for Zumba, as they are flexible, come a huge selection of vibrant colours and there is a choice of leather or canvas. But the best selling Zumba shoes is the Bloch 538 Boost DRT Dance Sneaker although take a look at our review of Capezio’s BOLT Dansneaker.
When it comes to the clothing, check out our great selection of Pineapple wear, which is bright and beautiful and will make you stand out whilst shaking your hips.
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