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Wii Workout Gift Guide

I'm still busy swimming up a storm in Long Beach so here is another pre-written piece while I'm busy kicking some ass in the pool...

Nintendo seems to be on a roll with some great workout based games for both the Wii and DS Game Units.  I've been reading reviews and playing various games and hopefully have come up with the Ultimate Wii Workout List.  Note some of these games I have no clue about them but have added Amazon links so you can read all about them and make your own opinions:

Active Life: Extreme Challenge Bundle with Mat - This game comes up a few times in my searches but it's more of a jump around fun game.  It's no more of a workout then Wii Sports.  So not really a workout game unless you really really are out of shape.  Move along....

The Biggest Loser - Gotta admit that I'm a big fan of The Biggest Loser.  Did you see my "The Biggest Loser" gift guide LINK?  So it may come as a shock that I've yet to play this game.  Now this game has a Wii and a DS version.  So you can take Bob or Jillian anywhere you go.  I so want it just for the weigh in!

Daisy Fuentes Pilates  - What's next a game from Downtown Judy Brown - Wubba Wubba Goodnight?  Well it does feature "Ten Pilates routines – There are five pre-set routines and five that players can customize."  But Pilates like Yoga is just one of those things that you need a live person showing you.  Maybe this is more for the person whose B0028R1M3W_logo taken a few Pilates classes but can't make it all the time.

EA Sports Active - Gotta say this could be the best investment for any Wii owner.  It's not as easy as you think it's going to be.  I use it as a warm up before I head out running but for the average every day type of guy / gal this is a great home workout. 

EA Sports Active: More Workouts - Love It!  Love the workouts!  Love the graphics!  Love it so much more than Wii Fit.  Don't get me wrong Wii Fit has some fun games but for a workout game EA Sports Active and EA Sports Active: More Workouts wins the video game war hands down.

 Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board - I got this game a bit ago and still haven't taken the shrink wrap off of it.  Bad me!  I swear Jan 1st I'll play it!  If you already have the Balance Board you can buy the Wii Fit Plus w/o Balance Board.

Gold's Gym Cardio Workout - Get up off the couch and gimme a crossover punch!  Another game I've yet to try but I love punching!  On Wii Fit and EA Active my favorite games are the cardio boxing.  But how many cardio boxing games can I play? 

Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 - Umm...skip to the 2010 as this title is low in stock.

Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010 - You Want More You Gotta Give More!  It's Jillian 1 on 1.  More workouts.  Do you want to get yelled out?  This is the game for you!  It's the sequel to the best selling Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009.  If you are a Biggest Loser or Jillian fan then get it.  If not try out EA Sports Active.

My Fitness Coach - meh...boring copy cat.  Nothing new.  Move along...

Walk It Out - This game doesn't come out to next month but really...Walking is now a video game. Guess we will all hafta wait to see about this title.  Oy...walking is a game now.  What's next Sit On It!  A game in which you sit on the balance board?

Yoga - I'm very skeptical of this game.  Yoga is one of those things that you really need a good instructor to correct your positions.  I don't care how many times the Wii game will tell you to do something it can't even come close to attending a live Yoga class.  Maybe this is for the person who goes to Yoga every so often but needs that extra something at home.  Anyways I always chuckle when the Yoga instructor starts to chant.    I always have AbFab flashbacks...umm..umm...donkey kong!

51ewgVBuRoL._SS350_ Your Shape with Jenny McCarthy - Who?  No seriously who?  Besides being another MTV reject this game shows some interesting features.  I've yet to see the game in full live action but it comes with a camera that "projects your image onto the TV screen so you can see yourself exercising next to Jenny."  Okay so that might be a bit better then the whole Wii Motion Controllers. 

Future Gift Guide Alert:  Big Ben Interactive's Cyberbike

Besides these games a whole bunch of games sorta use the balance board but aren't really fitness focues games.  A few cheerleading games use the balance board as does a few sit on your ass and move to avoid various evil things.  But that really doesn't mean it's a fitness game.  Feel free to comment below on any of the games I've mentioned and any that I may have missed.


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thanks for all the great recs! lord knows i need to get off my laurels and start losing weight. this post reminds me of they feature a holiday fitness guide with jillian michaels' favorite gifts. if anyone's interested, here's the link

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