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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Effective Use of Exercise Time, August 31, 2008
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I must say though the Wii fit is mildly entertaining, it was not what I has expected when I purchased it.
I thought I would be able to have a fitness class or some training at home. What the Wii fit offers is a demonstration of very short exercises you can choose to do. There is no 'class' or even substantial segment of fitness routines anywhere on Wii fit. You must INDIVIDUALLY select to do a single yoga pose or a single set of push-ups. After each one, lasting approximately 1-2 minutes, you must choose to "retry" or "quit". When you "quit", you return to a menu to select another individual exercise. There are several things in between each and every exercise you complete providing feedback and a score. Not bad information but terrible to stop constantly and push A and wait again for another menu choice. The menu will suggest doing 2 exercises in a row, but you cannot highlight or select that as an option and have 2 in row come on screen.

The graphing and progress reports are interesting and beneficial. The concept of the board being able to measure and assess balance is great. I just don't have the extra time to stop and wait between each movement. Going through the menus constantly is frustrating when I want to exercise. It takes about 55 minutes of time to accomplish 30 minutes of workout as logged by the Wii fit.
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Initial post: Sep 21, 2008 7:18:27 AM PDT
Scott says:
Actually when you are doing the yoga poses the Wii will make suggestions of other poses that compliment the one that you are doing. That way you're getting a richer (for lack of a better word) yoga workout. And as you progress through the sets you unlock more reps to extend the workouts.
That being said, I totally agree with the waiting element of it. I probably wouldn't have enough time to do this before work but so far it's been great for when I'm just sitting around the house on the weekends and want to get a little something in but don't want to go through the process of going out for a full run or going to the gym.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 12:33:37 PM PDT
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Posted on Nov 27, 2008 9:43:18 AM PST
It would definitely be helpful if they let you pick a set of exercises to do all at one go!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2008 7:10:40 PM PST
LizaJane says:
I agree!

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 1:20:55 PM PST
Only after I read the comments I understood what you meant. I was looking at the Wii "My Fitness Coach", do you think maybe that's what you're looking for??

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 12:12:52 PM PST
Another alternative would be EA Sports Active for the Wii (not yet released). The analogy that the designers used was that the Wii Fit had an eastern mentality to exercise (balance and stretching) while EA Sports Active will take a western approach (more cardio). Also note that game is supposed to be balance board compatible too.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2009 12:44:39 PM PST
where did you see "my fitness coach" and can you discribe its function?
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