Friday, July 27, 2007

Gym Uses Video Games To Shape Up

VANCOUVER (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A gym in Vancouver is proving that video games aren’t just for couch potatoes anymore.

Studeo55 fitness center has just put a Nintendo Wii gaming system in their gym, where clients can challenge their personal trainers to sporty video games and feel the burn in a very high- tech way.

The Wii console offers simulated sports like boxing, tennis, and bowling, and gym owner Nathan Mellalieu says it’s been a big hit among his patrons.

But while having the latest Nintendo console in the gym may seem like a potential fitness distraction, Mellalieu says the use of the Wii comes with some healthy rules.

He explains, “We highly suggest our clients pick very physically active sports like boxing or tennis to play on the Wii because those ones get their heart rates up. Our clients use it in three minute intervals, which is just enough to have fun and burn calories, but not too long to get sucked into playing video games their entire workout.”

And Mellalieu’s trainers are also getting in on the gaming action by doing some training of their own on the Wii.

Mellalieu adds, “I caught a few trainers playing with it the other morning, but they weren’t playing the active games they’re supposed to play. That’s probably why our clients usually beat them during Wii workouts!”

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