Posted on May 24, 2008, Chris Wii Fit, as Judged by a Fitness Trainer
Wii Fit might not claim that it’s going to turn you into a bodybuilder, but a whole lot of people are buying into it as they look to get into shape. With that in mind, MTV Multiplayer went and found a fitness trainer and had him evaluate the game based on ten exercises.
He immediately took issue with the game’s focus on BMI. “The problem with BMI is that it doesn’t take muscle mass into account,” he said. “Muscle is more dense than fat, so if you are very muscular, your BMI will be actually higher; people that are more muscular are often listed as overweight or obese even though they clearly have a very low body fat percentage.”
Then came his Wii Fit age of 39, meaning I am clearly more fit than him by a good five years. Or should that not be trusted, either? “Fitness is not based on age, but based on body mass, how much weight one can lift relative to their body weight, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, recovery and resting heart rates and other factors — all these key factors in fitness are not taken into account.”
While the initial impressions might not have been particularly positive, overall he walked away thinking Wii Fit is a good thing. Of course, there are caveats to that — like the need to also stretch, have a proper diet, etc. — but for a videogame, Wii Fit isn’t a half-bad way of getting active.