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Finally Got My Wii Fit…Here’s My Story

Way back about a year and a half ago, I was but a mild-mannered employee at Best Buy. I would don my blue shirt, and khakis, then go sell video game merchandise to the masses. I would hear the usual questions, “Does letting my 9 year old son play GTA make me a bad parent?”…and… “I’ll give you $1,000 for the Wii display you got going over there”. While they weren’t common statements/questions, those were actually said to me over my course of working at Best Buy. Fast forward to today, where I now work as a graphics designer/blog writer/software updater.

I still have my connections at Best Buy, and utilized them to obtain my Wii Fit. I was able to find out early, that they were going to have the Wii Fit for their Sunday sale. Of course I always told the customers I liked about Sunday sales, so even the general public maybe knew about it like I did. So , ‘just in case’, I showed up to Best Buy about 10-15 minutes before opening. I pull into the parking lot to find about 50 people already in line waiting for the doors to open. I walk up to an employee outside, keeping things in order and asked if it was worth my while to wait. He told me that they received 70 Wii Fits, and that I would be 56th in line. I smiled, took my ticket and waited in line, and talked to someone I knew that was taking a smoke break. I eventually walked out with Best Buy with my new Wii Fit, smiling in victory at customers walking into the store.

I then made my way to Waffle House, ate two sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits, then some hashbrowns. I conversed with a Santa Claus looking truck driver about current political events, and then made my way back home. I immediately opened up Wii Fit and got everything setup. I was ready to try and work off the Waffle House breakfast I had just eaten.

I gotta tell you, Nintendo isn’t lying with the title, ‘Wii Fit’. I’m not ashamed to post my Wii Fit stats, as they weren’t nearly as bad as I thought. I’m 24 years old, 5’9″, and my BMI was at a 24 (Normal). After doing the balance tests, the game told me my Wii Fit Age was 33. I then cursed the game, knowing that I had to be a little better than that. I tried out the Yoga portion of the game first. I attempted the Deep Breathing exercise nearly 8 times, trying to achieve Yoga Master status. This game will probably end up killing me in the end, because I will not be satisfied until I get four star status on all of the exercises.

Here is a list of some of my favorite workouts, and balance games:

Sun Salutation (Yoga) – It’s one of those exercises that is excruciatingly painful, but at the end leaves you feeling good. I was able to get four star status about 6 times through. But by that time my legs were about to give out.

Push-up and Side Plank (Strength Training) – This is one of the few exercises that I wasn’t able to get a four star status after awhile. I think I liked this one so much, because it’s one that I will be continually trying to improve upon.

Hula-Hoop (Aerobics) – I’ve never felt so goofy in my entire stint as a video gamer. Getting four stars in the event, will take some massive hip shaking. I thought I was doing alright getting around 250 points, but alas couldn’t get anything better than two star status.

Soccer Heading (Balance Games) – This is easily my favorite event in Wii Fit so far. I played this game about ten times, the most of any of the exercises so far. Around my tenth attempt I actually got a perfect on the beginner setting, and haven’t tried advanced yet.

Ski Jump (Balance Games)
– This is probably one of the oddest workouts in Wii Fit. The balance that the game requires you to perform is very precise, and found myself leaning quite a bit trying to gain the extra speed boost. Extending my legs at the jump, and holding them was quite a challenge, and so far I’ve only been able to get three stars.

On Sunday, I spent about 2hrs and 15 minutes my first time through Wii Fit. My body was about ready to quit on me by the end of it, and went to pass out by the pool the rest of the day. I must say that I’m pretty impressed with the balance board sensors so far. The Ski Jump shows off just how intricate the sensors actually pick up on your balance. The only thing I hated was the freaking male trainer, and every time he told me “I needed to improve my posture”, I wanted to throw something at him. I switched to the female trainer, and it wasn’t nearly as bad (probably some kind of subconscious factor going on there).

Since I posted some YouTube videos earlier for people to laugh at, I plan to post my own personal Wii Fit videos later. I figured if I had the gall to post other’s videos, I should be brave enough to post my own.

So do you all have any funny Wii Fit stories to share? What exercises do you prefer in your play-throughs of Wii Fit? And does the male instructor irritate you as much as he did for me?

6 Comments

  • 1
    June 9, 2008 - 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I like them all. I wasn’t sure about any of them before I bought it, but going through each exercise regularly really gives you a workout. Of course its not going to appeal to the bodybuilder-type, but for average schmo’s like me who sit in front of a desk 75% of the day, it is definitely a challenge. What was surprising to me is how I initially liked the balance games the most, and now I barely ever play them at all. I enjoy the structure and routine of the strength training and yoga stretches/exercises much more.

    I thought the push-up/side plank was easily the hardest exercise right off the bat. I couldn’t even finish the initial 6 reps at first, and now I can barely get through 10.

    The one thing that is a little weird is the jogging… Being an amateur jogger, the idea of running in place for any extended amount of time pales in comparison to the real thing.

  • 2
    June 10, 2008 - 9:00 am | Permalink

    I just got done with my second day of Wii Fit, and I think this thing could really help me get into shape… My problem is keeping up with exercises and doing them everyday..But if you slap video game elements onto it (like trying to get a four star rating), I’m more apt to do it…Yes, jogging is a little weird, but I could see it coming in handy if it was a rainy day outside

  • 3
    Staci
    June 24, 2009 - 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Well I got wii fit a while ago but I’m just now starting to use it. It’s a great workout for me. I usually focus on the arobics because they help burn fat. I usually lose about 0.7lb a day. That’s over a pound every 2 days or over 3 pounds a week! I plan on getting the will power to do it everyday.

  • 4
    mw
    July 11, 2009 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I got wii fit back at christmas for the daughter. She has got bored with it now, as all 10 year olds do with EVERYTHING, but I have continued. I started off on 15 stone 3 (213 pounds) and I am now at 13 stone 12 (194 pounds)

    This system works. It takes dedication, but it is possible to get fit with it.

    I started off trying to do everything, the Yoga, muscle, aerobic and balance games, but that is too tedious.

    I am now doing 20 or 30 minute jogs, 10 minute super advanced boxing, and a couple of muscle activities now and then, and also Yoga exercises. I also do weights with a set of dumbbells i bought.

    i do all that 3 or 4 times a week.

    here’s a screenshot of my weight loss….

    http://i32.tinypic.com/32zjpxx.jpg

  • 5
    JohnnyV
    July 13, 2009 - 8:05 am | Permalink

    @mw

    Congratulations man, that’s good to hear. Keep up the exercise

  • 6
    September 27, 2010 - 1:30 am | Permalink

    Truly fantastic to see how you can revise this just about every day.

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