During the past year the Wii Fit has become a breakthrough in fitness for many would-be couch potatoes. And while some reports say that the reality of the Wii Fit is that most of them aren’t being used for fitness, but rather gathering dust in the more than 1.5 million homes with one, more games keep coming out.
This past year, Jillian Michaels’ released her own Fitness Ultimatum for the Wii to lack-luster reviews, and there are rumors that the Biggest Loser will release its own game. But before that, the show’s host Alison Sweeney is giving EA Sports Active Personal Trainer a try.
“When do I have time to go to the gym? It really is like a personal trainer in a box. It’s perfect. I recommend it to all mothers!”, raves the new mom about the game that releases May 19. Alison is also joining 11 others in a 30-Day Challenge, to be the first to try the new game and report their progress. The challenge begins with a spa retreat hosted by Bob Greene, and it’s no surprise that his involvement earned the product a Best Life seal of approval. Other participants include web celebs, mommy bloggers, gamers and daddy bloggers. (more…)
Alison Sweeney with daughter Megan Hope. (via People.com)
Fans of Biggest Loser watching the current season seven might be a little confused by a very noticeably pregnant Alison Sweeney when they learn that she’s got a two-month-old baby girl at home. Sweeney announced her pregnancy during late filming of season six, and was pregnant throughout the filming of season seven. People were surprised to see her six weeks shy of delivery at the season six finale, only to show up a few weeks later on the season seven premiere with a barely-there bump.
After a long day of filming for season seven, a very 9-months-pregnant Sweeney went into the hospital for a routine check-up, still donning hair and make-up from the set. “My doctor was a little concerned and said, ‘I don’t want to leave her in there one more day!” says Sweeney, whose labor was then induced. The short notice gave barely enough time for her husband, California State Trooper Dave Sanov, to make it to her side. (more…)
Get your Wii Miis ready! It looks like Biggest Loser is continuing to extend its brand by introducing a video game for the Wii. Sources aren’t saying much more than that right now, except that more news will be announced in March 2009.
Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper said in an interview last year with DietsInReview.com that he was working on a video game – no word on whether it’s his own branded version like fellow trainer Jillian Michaels’ Wii game or if he’ll be starring in the Biggest Loser version.
The company profile for iToys says it is introducing a line of Biggest Loser toys in 2009.
You can count on DietsInReview.com to deliver more news soon.
The Wii Fit has been on the market for about a year now, which means people can finally decide whether or not it is truly a meaningful fitness tool, or just a hyped-up game. Forbes took a look at the Wii Fit, which they say is now in 1.5 million homes. They asked the question “is anyone really using it?” and the answer may not surprise you.
Not really, says Brian Crecente, managing editor of the popular gaming blog Kotaku. Despite optimistic predictions that Nintendo had unleashed a new era of videogames, Crecente calls Wii Fit little more than an exercise fad that’s bound to come and go like any other. “I don’t know a single person who has bought the game who uses it routinely after a month,” he claims, stressing that getting results from the game requires dedication and real physical exertion.
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Update: Check out the Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010, completely updated!
We were as excited as everyone else to get our hands on the new Jillian Michaels for the Nintendo Wii- Fitness Ultimatum 2009. It seems anything Jillian touches turns to fitness gold. We’re huge fans of hers, and have always had nothing but nice things to say about her many other products. There’s no way to know how hands-on she was in the development of the game, if the developers rushed the job or if they did much consumer testing, either way, it doesn’t seem like much attention on any of those accounts.
When I launched the game, I was immediately struck by the graphics. That’s one of the most impressive characteristics of the Wii games. But this? Reminded me of the Duck Hunt days. Very grainy, unrefined images that didn’t reflect the quality we’ve come to expect from the Wii. We don’t want you to just take our word for it, hear the comments left on the review. “The graphics are horrible. The screen hardly moves at all when you’re exercising… you basically get to watch your avatar run/kayak/bounce in place just like you,” said Gin. Kurt agreed, “Graphics are on par with Atari I played as a kid.” (more…)
Nintendo’s newest get-fit endeavor is a weight loss tool for the Nintendo DS, called My Weight Loss Coach. Check out this newest review from DietsInReview.com to learn if it’s a good choice for you.
Nintendo really seems to be grabbing the market on the physical activity-minded video games. On the coat tails of the popular Wii and Wii Fit, they introduce My Weight Loss Coach for the handheld Nintendo DS. While this “game” itself won’t get you in shape, it will serve as an electronic motivator- giving you the tools and guidance you need to stay focused and motivated.
My Weight Loss Coach comes with a pedometer- a tool used to track how many steps you take during a day. You sync this each day with the Nintendo DS and it will track your progress. It will also record and track your BMI, total weight lost, total distance moved and allow you to key-in other milestones as far as diet and other exercise. The program was developed by a nutritionist- so not only does it encourage weight loss, but it’s a digital partner in helping you obtain your overall health and nutrition goals.
– Travels wherever you go
– Pedometer is a proven tool for successful weight loss
– Created by a nutritionist
– Tracks all weight loss efforts with visual charts
– Must use the pedometer and sync often to get results
– Doesn’t teach lifelong habits
– No food or diet guidance
Click here to read the rest of the My Weight Loss Coach review.
Like just about every other house in the U.S., mine was filled the joyous sounds of opening a new Wii for Christmas. I haven’t played a video game since I was 12, so imagine my surprise when I was instantly drawn to the simplicity. After my husband beat me in two back-to-back tennis matches, I realized I was breaking a sweat, and a little out of breath. On my walk to the fridge to grab a glass a water, a little light bulb dinged inside my head. Could I use the Wii as a fitness tool?
Jumped on Google and found that I wasn’t the only one thinking this way. In fact, Nintendo is thinking about it, too. And celebrities like Jessica Alba have said they’ve started supplementing their usual workout with extra Wii time. In Japan, they’ve already released the Wii Fit. This small board, temporarily named the Wii Balance Board, comes with the game Wii Fit- together they can replace your home gym (and possibly your membership).
The workouts concentrate on core strengthening via yoga, muscle stretches, aerobics, lunges, squats, dancing and more. The game will also keep track of calories burned, BMI and how your strength is increasing. It’s recommended you do about 30-45 minutes each day to get the most out of the Wii Fit.
While Wii Fit is currently only available in Japan, retailing for about $180, you can get started now. Once the kids head to school or fall asleep at night, fire up the Wii Sports. You stand to lose at least 100 calories for playing even 15 minutes.
Boxing 15 minutes ~121 calories
Tennis 25 minutes ~110 calories
Bowling 30 minutes ~104 calories
Baseball 35 minutes ~102 calories
Golf 45 minutes ~99 calories
Some reports say that serious gamers spending 12 hours a day on their video games can burn about 1800 calories.
The Wii is definitely changing the way we all look at video games and now it looks as though it might change the way our bodies look while playing them.