First off... this is NOT a game.. so if you buy this thinking "this will be fun"... it wont be. This is designed to push you, make you sweat and ache and sometimes hurt.
Anyway... as a TOOL to help you exercise, workout, tone up and burn calories.. it does the job.
I've worked my way through about 2 weeks of a 9 week programme so far and I'm impressed. I'm not an exercise expert at all and obviously a programme on the PS3 will never replace going to a real Gym, but as an alternative its impressive.
It does what it says on the box and helps idiots like me do an automated workout 4 days a week, for about 30 minutes a time.
You wont get fancy graphics or astounding sound or interface here, but it all doe the trick. Although to be honest.. the menu system is a bit slow and there is a lot of "loading" stuff and having to click "OK" to proceed. It can feel excessive.
But you wont be using this for prolonged amount of time each day. Its a case of put the disc in, get set up, do your workout and then collapse until the next day.
The programme basically asks you to set up a character, putting in age, weight, height and appearance and then off you go!
It asks if you want to do a 9 or 3 week programme of exercise, over 4 days a week (which you can choose) and then it starts.
You then set up the 3 body sensors (one right arm, one left arm and one on your left), plug in the USB dongle and you get started.
When you start the workout, you get around 28-33+ exercises to do, which take around 30 minutes to complete. Covering upper, core, lower or full body.
You also get a resistance band which does the job; but Ive personally bought my own set of hand weights to replace it. You have an option ingame to tell it you are using either a resistance band or weights and it changes the animaton accordingly,
However, for some reason, it does the weights in 1.5kg, 2.5kg and 3.5kg. But there is no reason you have to use exact weights measurements as the game states. I use a 2kg hand weight pair and it works fine.
You also have the ability to make you own, personalised workout, to aim for certain body areas. I set one up for the upper and core areas, but be warned... you have to be careful.
I made a personalised workout which was toooo much for me and I learned to ease it down. You get a choice of 3 workout levels:
The easy one is 5 reps I think (never tried it), the next is 10 reps and the highest is 15 reps per exercise. Trust me when I say that 10 reps is enough for most people. 15 reps can be hard if you are doing a lot in one set,
The sensors for the most part work great. They arent perfect and do occasionally miss-read your body. This can be an issue if you are holding 2kg weights in your hands and it doesnt recognise that you are straining yourself with full stretched arms.
But 95% of the time they work!
Theres nothing really bad with this programme as it does exactly what you need it do. The sensors work, the resistance band is use-able and the automated workout sessions are great,
But you probably will find that you run out and spend more money on weights and maybe even an exercise mat. This isnt a cheap option.
It also has charts, data, a calender and lots of other stuff to track your calorie burns, heart-rate health and so on. Over-all... I would recommend this, but keep in mind its a serious programme and not a game to just mess about with.