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Not as good as a gym, but still a good substitute,
This review is from: Wii Fit Game with Balance Board (Video Game)
I just recently received my Wii Fit and I have to say that I'm generally impressed. First of all, the exercises presented work well. If done properly without any cheating you will definitely raise your heart rate and will probably "feel the burn."
==> It functions as a very accurate scale, although I noticed that if it is placed on a thick, spongy carpet it registers my weight about 10-20 lbs lighter than I actually am.
==> Exercises are well explained by the onscreen trainer.
==> Challenging exercises... some of these are really hard, especially at first. But they are hard in a good way.
==> Fun little balance based mini games. I especially enjoy the Ski Slalom and the Marble Tilt games.
==> Built in progress tracking system.
==> Menus are very easy to navigate.
==> Doesn't cost $50+ per month like my gym membership does.
The Not So Good:
==> It doesn't have a "Workout Program" that links your exercises together. You must interrupt your flow by selecting new exercises in between each set.
==> Weight limit of 330 lbs. If you are really heavy, regardless of your fitness level, this "game" is not for you.
==> Uses BMI (Body Mass Index) to evaluate your fitness. BMI is generally a great indicator of healthy weight except that people with large amounts of muscle mass can be mislabeled as obese, regardless of whether or not you can bench-press a truck and run a marathon before breakfast. BMI is also not very accurate for a lot of children.
==> Wii board width. I wish they would have made it a little wider. I'm a moderately built guy and I found the push-up positions to be awkward. The balance board doesn't really allow for much flexibility in how wide you can place your arms. I imagine that people with much broader shoulders will find this uncomfortable.
==> Minimalist graphics.
==> Bland music.
Overall, I highly recommend this product as a supplement to your regular exercise routine, especially for days when you can't make it into the gym. As a stand alone workout regimen it is fairly limited but effective.
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Initial post: May 22, 2008 2:46:31 PM PDT
Re: carpet and weight - try using the included "carpet feet"
Posted on May 22, 2008 8:42:24 PM PDT
The BMI calculation for adults is pretty straight forward; for children, however, it's quite complicated (you plot height/weight on a curve... different curves for different age groups and sex). I haven't gotten our Wii Fit yet (even though it was supposed to ship with Free Prime 2-day shipping ??? ), but I have read something about it not being designed for kids.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2008 8:43:52 AM PDT
I apparently missed those during my unpacking. Thanks for the advice! Now that I am using them, it seems much more accurate, although it still likes to flatter me by cutting a few pounds off.
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