Wii Fit

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    Jul 28, 2008 4:35 PM GMT
    So, anybody got a wii fit? What do you think of it? We got one, more for my BF than for me, but I tried it out last night.

    I was not nuts about the fitness test in the beginning. It said we were both "seriously overweight" and calculated our "Wii fit age" at 50 (We're both in our 30s and I work out 3-4 times weekly).

    It uses age, height and your weight to calculate BMI, which doesn't take body composition into account at all (and I realize it would be impossible to determine that even close to accurately without a trained person using properly calibrated calipers). It seems kind of heavy-handed to call someone "Overweight" without knowing how much of their body is lean mass and how much is fat and water.

    The balance component seems interesting, though. I think they are correct that most people's posture could use serious improvement and this seems to provide tools to make you more aware of how balanced you are(n't).

    I did the strength training routine and received 100% scores in 3 of the 5 events on my first try. The only way to increase the effort seems to be by doing more reps, which will get old fast. In short I think it's an interesting tool and if it gets people who would otherwise not workout to do something, it's a start. But it's not going to be much of a substitute for a gym workout at least as far as strength training goes.
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    Jul 28, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
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    Jul 28, 2008 8:52 PM GMT
    I've tried it out. It looks like it's a good starting point for people who want to begin exercising but don't know what to do. When I first started I was too intimidated to go to a gym and had to find things that I could do at home. This would have probably been another good alternative for that point in my life.
  • kinetic

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    Jul 28, 2008 8:53 PM GMT
    I read something a while back that said it gave little girls complexes...
    I really wanna try it tho!
  • auryn

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    Jul 28, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    One of the moderators on gaygamer.net uses it and shows his progress. I also think it's a good starting point for folks that aren't used to going to the gym. Maybe we'll see some one getting really fit after using one for a few months.
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    Jul 30, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    My "wii fit age" has gone down from an embarrassing 50 to 41 (I'm 38 ) in the past few days based on taking the fitness test everyday. But it seems retarded that there's no way to differentiate fat vs. muscle, nor does it ask you to key in body measurements.

    There's a trainer at the gym where I work who is a competitive bodybuilder. Her Wii called her "obese" because her weight is out of line with the "norms" for her age and height. There's nothing obese about her.
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    Jul 30, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    I've got wiifit and mainly use it to improve my balance.

    However I got one for my grandmother, and so far she's lost over 2 stone, since it's the only form of sport she'll do.
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    Jul 30, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    I LOVE Wii Fitness. Lowest age I've been on it was 25.
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    Jul 30, 2008 10:10 PM GMT
    I got it the day it came out due to extreme luck. It's been gathering dust and mostly serves as a scale, but it did make me a bit more aware of my own body and eventually did inspire me to join a gym, so i wasn't a complete loss. I do enjoy the yoga portions and would rather not go to the classes at my gym, so it's good for that too.

    But Super Paper Mario and Mario Galaxy are much better games icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 30, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    Yea, Mario Cart on Wii, is the SHIT. best game
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    Jul 30, 2008 10:16 PM GMT
    looks fun


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    Jul 30, 2008 10:24 PM GMT
    lilmaninsc saidYea, Mario Cart on Wii, is the SHIT. best game


    Please let's not forget Super Mario Brothers Smash Brawl. The whole fighting game that I enjoy.
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    Jul 31, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    Ghen said
    lilmaninsc saidYea, Mario Cart on Wii, is the SHIT. best game


    Please let's not forget Super Mario Brothers Smash Brawl. The whole fighting game that I enjoy.


    Is that what it's called in France? Here it's Super Smash Bros. Brawl...and yes, it's awesome.

    Personally, I don't have Wii Fit, and have no interest in buying it. However, I have friends that have it and use it every day as a means to start getting some exercise, so I hope it inspires MORE people to the same.
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    Jul 31, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    joescorpio1970 said
    Ghen said
    lilmaninsc saidYea, Mario Cart on Wii, is the SHIT. best game


    Please let's not forget Super Mario Brothers Smash Brawl. The whole fighting game that I enjoy.


    Is that what it's called in France? Here it's Super Smash Bros. Brawl...and yes, it's awesome.

    Personally, I don't have Wii Fit, and have no interest in buying it. However, I have friends that have it and use it every day as a means to start getting some exercise, so I hope it inspires MORE people to the same.


    Nah, it was my approximation at the title since I always just call it Smash Brothers.

    I've seen people on both side of spectrum with wiifit. Most of my family got really motivated after it came out, and they still are.
    However I have a friend that got wiifit, did the first weigh-in, was told that he had a BMI of 29.9 and just packed it up and took in back to the shop. I will add that his BMI wasn't a result of too much muscle.
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    Jul 31, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    Ghen saidPlease let's not forget Super Mario Brothers Smash Brawl. The whole fighting game that I enjoy.

    *Super Smash Bros Brawl

    And the only reason why WiiFit intrigues me is that I may be able to use it as hook and bait to go splits on buying a Wii with my room mate. I LOVE my Smash Bros., but I can't bring myself to fork out the cash for the system when that's the only game that even remotely interests me (I already own Twilight Princess for GameCube).
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    Jul 31, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    blink777 said
    Ghen saidPlease let's not forget Super Mario Brothers Smash Brawl. The whole fighting game that I enjoy.

    *Super Smash Bros Brawl

    And the only reason why WiiFit intrigues me is that I may be able to use it as hook and bait to go splits on buying a Wii with my room mate. I LOVE my Smash Bros., but I can't bring myself to fork out the cash for the system when that's the only game that even remotely interests me (I already own Twilight Princess for GameCube).


    Wouldn't it be cheaper for you to just buy it in the States? Your dollar has better value down here now. (Thanks GWB! I haven't been to Canada in forever, cuz our dollar sucks.)