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9/29/09 11:13 A

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I think are dropping the Wii price soon for anyone who doesn't have one yet. I love my Wii fit. I am restarting my 30 day challenge as I slacked off this summer and didn't quite finish. I'm ready to start again!

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8/4/09 1:39 A

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I just got my Wii and Wii Fit last Thursday. I love it so far. I took a couple of evenings to set it all up (all the Wii Channels) along with getting my grandson's Wii number. So I can talk to him and my daughter though it. I also got the Wii Motion Plus. It makes the remote a lot more accurate. Sometime in Nov, I think, the new Wii Fit Plus comes out. It will be able to track the calories burned for each item. Right now I'm using my HRM for that.

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7/9/09 8:12 A

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I don't think there are actually older versions of the Wii out there. I think they are just more readily available than they once were. I haven't checked ebay or craigslist but I would guess the only kind of deal you would get would be someone selling their console and a bunch of games, so you would be getting a price break on the games (which you don't want!).

I have done the Wii sports that comes with the console, the Wii Fit, and the Wii Active and would say that the Active is the only thing that actually gives a serious workout.

I'm not a big fan of exercise videos either but with my treadmill in storage, they are my only option right now. I do think the Wii Active is a good workout and I want to get back to it, but I have to do it on the weekend when I have more time because of the learning curve on the activities.

You would have to find a smokin' deal on a Wii for it to be worth your while if you don't want to play any of the other games. It is quite an investment; not sure what the console is going for now ($249?) but the Wii Active game was $60 if I remember right.

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7/8/09 10:28 P

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So, are they tweaking the Wii and coming out with a new version every year or so? Can folks get last year's model cheap on eBay or in used game stores? I'm not willing to pay big bucks for the base unit since I don't play games and would only use it for the exercise programs. But since it's 105 degrees here today and we have another 2-3 months of brutal summer ahead of us, I'm thinking it'd be good to have something to do indoors (but I hate regular videos.)

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7/4/09 1:57 P

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i should be getting mine on monday! thanks for all the tips, and frustrations. hopefully i'll be able to use it and not be so frustrated.

joey - i think i got tennis elbow from, um, wii tennis (and bowling).

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7/3/09 9:38 A

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I gradually accumulated those same complaints. I would say that most of the time that I was yelling at the screen that I WAS holding the sensors correctly, and I WAS doing the movement correctly, I eventually figured out that there was something I was doing wrong. One thing was that when I was using the leg strap to hold the nunchuk, I tended to have it too far to the inside of my leg. About half the problems evaporated by shifting it to the right a bit.

I didn't think about the stretching, because I have my own stretching routine I do. You are right, that could benefit many folks.

I think my biggest complaint is that many of the exercises are really high impact for joints. While this isn't an issue for some folks, for others who have not been so active, doing things like jumping lunges is a set up for injury. I would have hoped that the developers would have included adjustments for lower impact movements.

For my part, I have been nursing a painful tennis elbow, which arose, I think, from the target boxing. A few times, the trainer said to "fully extend your arm when punching." That is a really bad thing to do, which I knew, but when you are punching air (no resistance), and trying to break those targets, it can be difficult to hold back. Anyway, today I am going to buy a tennis elbow brace to see if I can get this thing to heal. One of my colleagues who practices in primary care told me that she is seeing increasing numbers of Wii injuries.

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7/2/09 1:09 P

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I have the Wii Active too and I completed the 30 day challenge. I did it differently by selecting the easy workout on days when I was either in a hurry or a little tired. I selected the medium workout for most days and the hard work out for about 8 days total.
I found that the easy one was too easy for me. It didn't really challenge me, it just took less time.
The medium one was a good fit for most days and challenged me a little.
The hard work out was the best setting for really getting a work out. It basically increased the reps and times for individual exercises and added a couple of difficult exercises. The worst one for me was the squat hold (holding for 1 full minute). I found it difficult to hold the squat for the full minute.
I never really got sore from any of the workouts. I thought I wasn't in very good shape, but maybe I'm not doing too bad.

Overall, I think it's a good change of pace to my regular exercise routine. I'm going to use the custom workouts this month and see how they do.

The most frustrating thing about it is that you have to hold the remote and nunchuck correctly or it just sits there prompting you to do it right. It's not always obvious how you should be holding them. So sometimes, the workout is a bit frustrating and I find myself telling the stupid instructor that I AM holding the remote correctly and I AM doing the exercise right! Other than that, it flows quite well (after you get used to the exercises and can skip the videos).

I think it's a great option for adding a change-up to your routine. It has enough options to keep it interesting. I'll know more when I finish this month with the custom workouts.

My biggest complaint: There are no stretch routines. I think this is a bad thing. You have to stretch after exercising to help maintain flexibility and help prevent soreness. I do a little stretch routine after each workout on the Wii Active. They should add stretches as part of the routine. How stupid is that?

One last thing: The trainer has a limited # of things to say so you keep hearing the same words of advice and enouragement over and over which can be annoying, but is easily ignored.



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6/30/09 4:34 P

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It allows for rest days but does not have a routine for rest days. However, the Wii Fit does have yoga. I work pretty hard doing yoga, though, so I'm not sure I would call those rest days.

One more thing about Wii Active: it is NOT low-impact exercise. It can be pretty rough on your joints.

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6/30/09 12:07 P

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Hi Joey! Thanks for the review! I had been looking at this when it first came out and never got around to getting it. I ordered it, and the spare set of gear today. This way the hubby and I can work out together, since we both need to get back on track!

Does it have a routine that is yoga or something for the "rest days"

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6/30/09 11:24 A

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thanks, joey! i didn't even know there was a new "game" out like that (the last one i'd heard about was jillian michaels).

i do have a wii and a wii fit, but got bored with not having the option to just choose a bunch of exercises and have them run through. sounds like this will do that.

lots of good reviews on amazon, too. will have to put this in the " strong consideration" pile!

nora


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6/26/09 6:47 P

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WiiFit and Wii Active both sound good. I don't like exercise videos, but the interactive component might motivate me.

It's a big chunk of change though, especially since I doubt I would ever just play games on it. I keep hoping someone I know will get one so I can try it out.

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6/22/09 5:51 P

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keeping beat with bunnies... now that's what I call fun!

I sometimes wish I had a wii or wiifit, but I suspect I'd never leave the house - they're way too addicting! It's partly why I had to get my bf to take his playstation 2 back home because I was obsessing over the racing games...

and although the wii is more physical, the dogs would suffer in their walks (or lack thereof)

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6/18/09 2:27 P

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Very cool! I needed to burn off some emotional steam last night and my son had been playing the Wii. I did some wrestling with a bear on Arctic Tale and was a huffin and a puffin! No easy match, let me tell you! Then I played some Raving Rabbit (or something like that) and tossed a few cows, ran to deliver a bomb filled package before it blew up, and kept up the beat with some pretty darn fast bunnies. I was whipped when I was done. It really is a good workout tool with most anything you play on it.

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6/17/09 10:17 A

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Me too! I started on the middle level, thinking, "Okay, it's a video game!" Boy howdy, was that a mistake! Today I took it down to the easy level. After I finish the 30 day challenge on the easy setting, I'll think about bumping it up for the next 30.

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6/16/09 9:18 P

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Thanks for sharing. Makes me wanna buy a Wii

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6/16/09 7:58 P

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I too got the Wii Active and I too got my butt handed to me. It's a tough workout. I'm not a gym rat but consider myself to be in moderately good shape. I decided to try the 30-day challenge and didn't make it past day one. I was so sore after the first workout, I literally couldn't work out for a week. I could barely walk up and down the stairs at home because my thigh muscles were so trashed from all the lunges and jumping and whatnot. This probably just proves I'm not in as good of shape as I would like to think, but all I am really trying to say is that it might be smarter to start at the lowest level of exercise unless you are in seriously good shape.

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6/16/09 3:46 P

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I purchased the newly released Wii Active package over the weekend ($60 at Best Buy). Wii Active includes a disc (duh!), a resistance band, handles for the band, and a leg strap that the Wii nunchuk goes into.

I used the system for the first time this morning, and thought some of you might be interested in knowing more.

Wii Active, first of all, will kick your ass. It is designed so that it will work with the Wii Fit balance board, but the balance board is not required and if you don't have it, you won't miss it.

Unfortunately, Wii Active does not use your carefully created Mii character (your little you). It does let you create a new character, though not as complex as a Mii and not as cute. It won't look much like you when you are finished. Do you care? Maybe not. I didn't.

You can choose between a male or female trainer. You get no choices past gender. The trainer offers instruction, encouragement, and advice throughout your workout.

A cool thing about Wii Active is that a typical workout routine consists of several different exercises, each done for a short time. You won't get bored. There are many, many exercises that you can either choose from, or allow the program to use in creating a workout routine for you. There is a 30-day challenge that the software will generate for you, using information from questions you answer. It sets up a routine schedule with goals and rest days built in. Each time you use it, you can see your progress toward your goals, and make journal entries. You earn trophies for accomplishing certain things and following the program.

My workout routine today included walking, running, inline skating with jumps, side-to-side lunges, shoulder lifts, bicep curls, squats boxing, and rowing lifts. Each of these was done twice, with a warm up and cool down. I was sweating within a couple of minutes, and sucking for air by the halfway point, on the moderate setting.

During the workout, your progress is shown on the screen, along with motivators and corrections. There is plenty of instruction available from your trainer, and they patiently wait until you get a movement right.

In general, the Wii controller and nunchuk did what they were supposed to. When things weren't working right, it was because I had the nunchuk in the leg strap incorrectly. This was frustrating, because either my character on screen wouldn't follow my moves, or the screen would say that the nunchuk was facing the wrong way, which doesn't tell me the right way. After my workout I found a list of helpful hints that showed how to correctly insert the nunchuk (buttons down with the thumb control to the right).

Given all of the proper equipment, two users can work out together. The Wii Active necessaries are available in a smaller package for about $20, I think. You will still need another controller and nunchuk.

As far as quality of the components is concerned, I would say that the package is worth the price, mostly for the actual disc. The leg strap is good quality. It has to be placed as high on the leg as you can, and doesn't slip much. It is important to follow the positioning instructions, and above all, for science's sake, put the nunchuk in the pocket correctly lest you be chastised for not doing your part. I would have to say that the strap is not all that comfortable, but by the time you are working out, you don't notice so much. The handles for the resistance band are a good idea, as then you don't have to think about holding the ends. The resistance band itself is a lightweight, wimpy one, so I would recommend supplementing with a variety of stronger bands from your local sports store.

The best part about the Wii Active is that you get a serious workout. Any points off are for semantics, like not being able to use your Mii, and the wussy level resistance band. Overall: A-, and worth the price.

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