Why Would We 'Wii' at the Y?

@thorgrym (675)
United States
February 4, 2009 8:48pm CST
I was weirded-out when I went to the Y and I was made aware that the Y had a Wii. Why would I want to Wii at the Y? In fact, I am wondering why anyone would Wii at the Y. OK, so alliteration and assonance aside (another advantageous application of alliteration)... I fully understand the attraction of the Nintendo Wii - I have one myself. I just don't understand why I might feel compelled to use a Wii when visiting the YMCA. I go to the Y to swim and exercise. I also use the Wii to exercise with their 'game' Wii Fit and, to a lesser degree, Wii Sports. However, even if I didn't own a Wii, I would not choose to use one at the Y where I have so many other - and better - choices for entertainment and exercise. Given my disability, my choices for exercise are relatively limited, but I am improving. I joined the Y to expand my options. For instance, the elliptical cross-trainer machine is something that I can use even with my difficulty walking. The no-impact motion really helps my knees. As well, the weight machines allow me to 'safely' work on improving my strength without fear of losing control of the weights (yes, I know that there is still some risk, but significantly less risk than using free weights). So, what are your preferred exercise choices? And, would you use a Wii at the gym?
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@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Okay, I tried to cleverly answer this, but to no avail. We just got rid of our Wii because the owner, my son, wanted an Xbox. Will this madness ever stop. But now my daughter has the Wii and she loves to exercise to it, or on it, or with it, whatever one does to a Wii. But, no doubt, she got it so she wouldn't have to go to a gym. Personally, I would not Wii at the gym.
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@thorgrym (675)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I gotta admit that I expected at least a little alliteration from you...(say THAT ten times fast! a little alliteration, a little alliteration....phew!) Where games are concerned, I would probably prefer the Xbox 360 (I have the original Xbox still). The Wii certainly provides a unique spin on game-play, though. Quite a lot of convalescent homes and senior centers have 'installed' these consoles in an effort to get people more active. Here in CT, we even have a Wii Bowling League with individual teams from different senior centers. I think that is awesome! Get up, get moving, get healthier! I just don't think that the gym is the right place for it. Thanks!
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@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I knew you would be.
@ladym33 (10979)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Hey, Nice to see you here on mylot. Maybe the Wii is there for some competetive reasons, I am not really sure. I don't think I would play the Wii at the Y, but I have it home as well. As for my prefered exercises I like to do a martial arts aerobic type activity, like Tae Bo or Turbo Jam, or I like to do dance type workouts. I also like to include a little resistance training as well.
@thorgrym (675)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I have a Tai Chi DVD that I keep meaning to try again. I really want to learn it, but the DVD isn't the best way to do that, it seems. I need to keep replaying sections over and over in order to get the motion correct. I should try to use the loop feature on the DVD player and see if that helps. I can't do anything quite so active as Tae Bo..at least not yet!
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@GardenGerty (158076)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I need to re join the Y, but I am with you, why Wii at the Y? I would spend time in the pool, and in the hot tub, and in the sauna. I would use weight machines and probably the treadmill. I might use other aerobic machines. I also would not do an exercise video at the Y, but would go to classes, if it fit my schedule. I like water exercise, I used to enjoy aerobic dance type exercises. I enjoy a treadmill that I can adjust speeds and inclines on. I feel that I can get a good challenge that way, working at various speeds and going up and down hills.
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@thorgrym (675)
• United States
5 Feb 09
We all definitely have our preferences! Today, I decided to use the recumbent bike for a while for my warm-up. I really need to strengthen my knee, so the bikes and the cross-trainers work better for me than the treadmills and stair-masters. Anyway, while on the bike, I had full view of all of the treadmills. One guy was walking backwards on the treadmill! Even if I were completely healthy, I would never do that! I am not even sure if our local Y has a sauna or hot tub...though saunas are not recommended for MS patients. I need to check that out, though. I love a good soak in a hot tub!
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@rocketj1 (6955)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Would the Wii work well with women at the Y? Would they willingly work out with the Wii? Well, .......would they? I really have no opinion here. I just couldn't resist the fun!!heehee
@thorgrym (675)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Excellent! ...though a 'woo hoo' or 'w00t!' would've worked wonders with what was written. Thanks for playing!
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@rocketj1 (6955)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Weelllll........Whooopeee! "When will the wackiness wane?" he wonders.
• United States
5 Feb 09
I would suppose 'whatever works' holds. I, however, don't think I'd sign up.