When I was in college, there was a popular infomercial that came on at all hours of the night. Daisy Fuentes was the host, promoting a workout that I had never heard of—something called Mari Winsor Pilates. My roommate, Megan, and I used to watch it as we ate Haagen Dazs (Dulce de Leche for her, Vanilla Bean for me). The boys across the hall often would sit down and study it with us. We all watched it for one reason: To admire Daisy’s body. It was insane.
And yet, I never considered actually doing Pilates. At the time, I was a marathon runner with an 18-years-old’s metabolism. Pilates was not for me, I thought. It was for models and actresses. I was an athlete.
Fast-forward 10 years. I am still a runner, but no longer tackle marathons or entire pints of Haagen Dazs (okay, hardly ever). I do know that on some days, my body has been craving something different; my knees are no longer okay with pounding the pavement on a daily basis. I was looking for something to mix it up and appease my knees, so when I heard about the new Daisy Fuentes Pilates for the Nintendo and Wii, my interest was piqued.
Of course I watched the YouTube promo first and immediately sent it to Megan.
“What does this remind you of?” I wrote.
My friend responded, as I knew she would, “Ice cream!”
Yet when we saw that Daisy, who’s now a fashion supermogul, still had the insane body more than a decade later, we both decided that there might be something to this Pilates. And since neither of us wanted to head into a class, the Wii Fit option sounded like a good start. I ordered a DVD for me and sent one to Megan. Three days later, we began our quest for that insane infomercial body we studied during our college days. If you’re considering getting fit in the new year and have no desire to join a gym, this is a good way to get started. Good luck!
The Daisy Fuentes Pilates workout is built around 10 core strengthening exercises available at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Megan began at intermediate, while I tested out all of the levels. We both found that the levels were well explained and appreciated that the exercises were not too complicated. “I am not a Wii expert, and I knew nothing about Pilates before this game. So if I can follow along, anyone can,” Megan attested. We both liked the fact that you can customize the workouts to your own ability and track your progress as you advance. Using the Wii Remote and Balance Board allows you to monitor your movements and receive instant feedback, ensuring proper form.
After your workout, you can opt to step into “Daisy’s Office,” where she shares her health and diet tips. (Curiously, she says nothing about Haagen Dazs.) As an added bonus, you can choose to play in either English or Spanish. I love this feature because it helps me to practice my Spanish as I work out. After doing all of the routines in English several times, I switched to Spanish. It keeps my mind just as active as my body.
Daisy Fuentes Pilates for the Wii Fit is a great introduction to Pilates for those who have never tried it and do not want to go to a class. As you begin to strengthen your core and see results, your body may start craving even an more intense routine. You can easily use the moves you learned with this game to create a longer workout with more reps per exercise. For example, The Hundred, an ab exercise that I both loathe and love, has become part of my regular gym routine and my tummy has never been more toned!
But you may just find yourself in a class (like Megan did) or ordering the original Winsor Workout. And while Pilates will forever be linked to Haagen Dazs in my mind, my tummy now shows no signs of the occasional indulgence.