Daisy Fuentes Pilates for Nintendo Wii Review

When virtual instruction doesn't compare to the real thing

Daisy Fuentes Pilates for Wii.
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TV personality Daisy Fuentes is a longtime proponent of Pilates, so it's fitting that she appears in the aptly titled Daisy Fuentes Pilates video game for Nintendo Wii. While Wii technology—in this case, the balance board and remote sensor—seems to offer exciting new ways to learn Pilates and refine your home practice, Fuentes' workout program doesn't quite live up to that potential.

From 5 minutes of running in place (barefoot on a hard surface), to poor exercise demonstration, odd exercise timing, needlessly changing scenery, not to mention, unusually long rest periods, this semi-Pilates experience leaves a lot to be desired.

Description

  • A slightly interactive Pilates workout with the option to use Wii balance board and remote
  • Teaches 10 core-strengthening exercises and 5 workout routines
  • Offers several workout options at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Exercise instructions for each move are included
  • Choose your workout scenery, from tropical gardens to a scenic overlook
  • Exercises demonstrated by an animation of Daisy Fuentes

Pros

  • Exercise instructions are basic but sufficient
  • Overall presentation is organized and attractive
  • Daisy offers exercise and healthy eating tips for well-being

Cons

  • Exercises are not safely demonstrated with proper form
  • Exercises and modifications are arranged somewhat haphazardly
  • Wii board and remote do not offer guidance that could improve performance

Expert Review 

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, the program doesn't adequately track how you are using your body, which is important in Pilates. The program is designed in such a way that it requires you to move in sync with the animation on the screen, which may not work for everyone depending on their ability and level of fitness. I expected a lot more from the balance board and remote, too. For example, using the sensor technology to reflect important aspects of Pilates movement, like pelvic or upper body stability, would have been be incredibly helpful.

You can choose a short workout or a longer, "classic" workout, but neither offers a true taste of the depth of Pilates mat work. Of the 10 exercises offered, most are modified in an unorthodox way. The Pilates neck pull, which is usually an advanced exercise, is practically unrecognizable. Others are done without proper form, like an extreme straddle stretch that's done repeatedly with awkward leg and hip alignment. There is no real progression across levels, either. Advancing, in this case, just seems to mean more repetition.

Daisy Fuentes trained with the late Mari Winsor, and has been an advocate for Winsor Pilates. But here, she appears to be lacking in expertise. The exercises and workouts are demonstrated by an animation of Fuentes: an animation so slim, long-limbed, and buxom that it sends the wrong message about healthy body image. The animation is also strangely bow-legged, making it near impossible to visualize proper alignment, anyway. The animation also misses important spinal articulations, and exploits hypermobility by encouraging unsafe movement of the spine.

The Bottom Line

If you're looking for a strong, safe Pilates workout, you might want to explore other options. There are many ways to enjoy a Pilates practice, whether you take a studio class, stream classes online from a certified instructor, or try a Pilates DVD set. If you're a beginner, your best bet is probably to practice in real-time with a qualified teacher whenever possible.

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