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I appear to be the only one on the internet without a Wii Fiit. Or… - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
I appear to be the only one on the internet without a Wii Fiit. Or whatever the heck it's called. The questions here are: should I be jealous? Is it really all that great, or is it just the latest fad? Should I try to buy one? Will it have everything I'd want, or would I need to buy extra crap?

Man I'm tired and distracted and grumpy today. Part of the problem is that I really don't understand the thing I'm working on today. I'm not sure if that's because it's poorly defined, or because of the previous sentence. Wish I was still on vacation.
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lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: July 1st, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Remember when people used to go out and run or bike or play a sport when they wanted exercise?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 1st, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Faintly! (:
aiela From: aiela Date: July 1st, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you're looking at it as a Serious Piece of Exercise Equipment you're missing the point.

If you're looking at it as "this is fun, and I could easily squeeze 30 minutes of screwing around with it into my day without having to spend additional time getting equipment ready", then you're closer.

Is it going to Change Your Life? No. But its fun.

However, Ren, since you already have a treadmill in front of your tv, it pretty much serves the same purpose, so I dunno. Unless you really like goofy step-aerobics. You could check ours out next time you're home.

Edited at 2008-07-01 06:02 pm (UTC)
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: July 2nd, 2008 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. My thought was that she's already DOING the stuff that Wii Fit replaces.
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: July 1st, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, you already work out regularly and spend time doing your own cardio outdoors. So while you might enjoy it, and perhaps you'd find it useful for keeping you on task, it isn't aimed at you. There is plenty of room for growth and heavy work-outs, though.

I purchased one for Lucy, as a gift, mostly because while she is at my apartment she has less access to the workout materials she had in Lansing.

I find it useful because it can keep track of what I am doing and any improvements without me having to note everything. It also provides its own challenges to keep you pushing forward, which is useful for someone who might otherwise continue doing the same sets of exercises until they get bored with them.

There's no extra crap you -can- buy, except perhaps an extra wiimote for 2-person running, if that was your thing. I have a workout mat which I put down when doing something like sit-ups, but otherwise, what you get is what you get.

Buying them is easy if you're willing to do a little research. Places like Meijer, Toys R Us and (especially) Target often get their new stock in for Sunday mornings. If you're nice on the phone, often someone will tell you on Saturday afternoon whether or not they'll have it in stock the next morning. Then it's a simple matter of showing up, maybe 30 minutes before they open, and getting it.

Which is the same way I got my Wii. The other way is to use an online service like Angie and Lucy subscribed to (for free) to tell them when it comes out to an online location. Angie emailed me when it came out on Amazon, and I had it ordered and coming my way within 5 minutes, no muss or fuss.

The routines that it has you do (separated into the classes of Yoga, Balance, Strength and Aerobic) are definitely standard workout routines that I recognize from the gym, but whether it will do everything you anticipate depends on your expectations. I am pleased with my purchase, as it gives me an excuse to exercise where I did not before.

Anyway, I hope that helps!
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: July 1st, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, my apologies if my lengthy review last night irritated you - I just figured it would help people to hear my own experience with the thing.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 1st, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
No no, I appreciate lengthy reviews!

I'm realizing now that I was confused - it turns out that the thing IS extra crap you can buy for a Wii, not its own device like I'd thought.

Still appreciate the input. (: (:
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: July 1st, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
you'd have to buy a Wii, first.

from all of the reviews i've read, you're way beyond the fitness level of the Wii Fit. you'd probably have fun with it, but quickly get bored and/or want and need more exercise.

BUT.. Wii *is* fun for non-Wii Fit things, like Guitar Hero & Mario Kart (which we just got this weekend!)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 1st, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahhh! Now that's an important piece of info I missed. I thought it was its own system. Thanks. (:
aiela From: aiela Date: July 1st, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. Its basically a game for the Wii.

And the Wii -is- fun. I think everyone should get a Wii. But the WiiFit is not really aimed at people of your fitness level, no.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 1st, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the idea of having simple/fun ways of exercising in my basement, for days I don't go outside. I like the idea of something with lots of workout options that tracks my progress - it's motivating. But I don't want or need a Wii.

I still like the idea of trying yours sometime, if I'm ever in town again!! It'd be neat.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: July 1st, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
You want a Wii. You just don't know it yet.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 1st, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like yoga - not the meditating parts of it, but the cool poses. I can't imagine a video game trying to get me to meditate though!
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: July 1st, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you on the vacation thing. I think I needed more time to relax before I submerged myself back into the Division of Chaos here.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 1st, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're fine. It's just the latest craze. Next is the Apple iPhone 3G phone on July 11th.
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