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03/25/2004

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Jonah Brucker-Cohen

hey mike,
here are a few...
jbc

Exertion Interfaces - Breakout for two
Tug of War

some others you can google:
Konami's Dance Dance Revolution
Konami's Mocap Boxing
Konami's The Sword
Sega Genesis Activator
Fit-Centric exercise-gaming systems
Virku Virtual fitness centre
Exertris game bike
Gamebike
Computrainer
NetGym
The Cateye interactive game bike for the PlayStation console
Sony's EyeToy
UKB fighting arena by naki
Virtual Arena
Konami sports clubs Fitness arcades
UK's first interactive fitness arcade XR-cade

Meri

Unfortunately I haven't got a link or anything for you, but a colleague of mine was telling me about some exercise bikes in his gym (in London) that come complete with little games to keep you amused whilst you're exercising. Nice? Nice.

But here's the clever part -- rather than having just the standard controls, the games are linked to the exercise you are doing ... in order to progress in the game you peddle faster, slower, keep sustained motion for a period of time. Apparently the games are simple enough that you're not in danger of injuring yourself while losing focus, but entertaining enough to make exercise time pass away effortlessly (well, until you get to level 42 anyway...).

I thought this was pretty cool. If you need more details I can ask him if he recalls the brand name or anything -- email me.

Andrew

I have been playing ddr every few mornings on workout mode (set to 300 kcal) as a means of getting regular exercise, and I would be very interested if it is truly an effective mode of weight loss (I have lost a few pounds so far, but nothing too significant). Either way it is a lot of fun, but if you want, I could start trying to track data... The most interesting question for me is how accurate the calorie meter is- if I am really working off 300 calories every morning or not.

Crystal

Hey Mike,
My husband and I play DDR Ultra Mix as a form of exercise and I think it is a very good workout. I have done various workouts in my time and I can say that DDR is a great form of exercise but it does have its drawbacks. For example, you are not working out your muscles symetrically. Meaning that it's an unbalanced workout. Also, you have to be sure that you warm up/cool down and stretch on your own, as those aspects are not included in the workout mode. Another thing to keep in mind is that it is not specified in the game how you should do the steps (i.e. which foot goes to which arrow), so there is a good chance of injury if you try to do a difficulty level that you are not ready for. My last complaint with DDR as a workout is that you cannot do a continuous +/- 30 minute workout. You have to stop between each song to choose your next song (please correct me if you know of a way to have a continuous workout).
All in all, it is a great way to get some physical activity in between my sessions of Knights of the Old Republic :)!!

Andrew

yeah they seriously need to put in a non stop mode for workout mode. Everything else she said is true too... It has it's drawbacks, but for humps like me who never get any exercise anyways, it's better than nothing, and it's a load of fun to boot.

Andrew

yeah they seriously need to put in a non stop mode for workout mode. Everything else she said is true too... It has it's drawbacks, but for humps like me who never get any exercise anyways, it's better than nothing, and it's a load of fun to boot.

mileena

i'm not sure about the other ones, but ddr konamix does have a non-stop mode. you have to edit the list and choose a bunch of songs. then it plays them back to back without stopping. it also keeps your score for the whole thing.. very intimidating to see thousand step combos!

Elliot

Just wanted to mention that I too use DDR for exercise (most recently DDR Max2 for PS2.) As Crystal stated, it works some muscles much more than others. For me, particularly on very fast songs, I tend to hit all the arrows standing on my toes instead of my whole foot, which means I can end up straining the muscles in my calves and the muscles/tendons in front of my shins. It's irritating because then I can't play for a day or two. Other than that, it can be very good exercise!

Chris.A

If you haven't yet, browse through GETUPMOVE, a site built around the idea of losing weight with DDR(while playing on a RedOctane pad, apparently). You might get a few bites by posting in their forums.

Gonna post the results here when yer done?

Troopa

Thanks for posting the link to GetUpMove. I couldn't remember what the address was, but I had been there before.

Jennifer

I just started using DDR for exercise. Whether or not it's technically a good balanced workout I can't really say. But it's worth it for me because I actually *do* it. For long periods of time, working up my heartrate and breaking a sweat. I find almost any other form of convienient exercise distasteful and boring. The most balanced workout in the world is ideal I'm sure, but it's worthless to me if I cannot maintain the motivation to actually do it.

People always say that the key to developing an exercise habit is to find something you really enjoy and think is fun. For non athletically driven video game junkies like myself, this IS a winning combination. (I'm no kid either.. I'm a 28 year old wife and mother of a toddler who just happens to grow up loving and playing video games.)

Jennifer

I just started using DDR for exercise. Whether or not it's technically a good balanced workout I can't really say. But it's worth it for me because I actually *do* it. For long periods of time, working up my heartrate and breaking a sweat. I find almost any other form of convienient exercise distasteful and boring. The most balanced workout in the world is ideal I'm sure, but it's worthless to me if I cannot maintain the motivation to actually do it.

People always say that the key to developing an exercise habit is to find something you really enjoy and think is fun. For non athletically driven video game junkies like myself, this IS a winning combination. (I'm no kid either.. I'm a 28 year old wife and mother of a toddler who just happens to grow up loving and playing video games.)

Kim

You should check out the boards at DDRFreak.com and do a search under "weight loss" or "DDR weight loss" where you can find the numerous threads containing testimonials from people who have actually lost large amounts of weight with DDR. Better yet, you may even want to post your notice there.

Kim

You should check out the boards at DDRFreak.com and do a search under "weight loss" or "DDR weight loss" where you can find the numerous threads containing testimonials from people who have actually lost large amounts of weight with DDR. Better yet, you may even want to post your notice there.

biomutant

Honestly, i played ddr for a while trying to lose weight, i didn't lose any, not to mention i'm kinda heavy as it is, so it was quite taxing on the old legs. What i did pick up however, was treadgaming. For the past month, i pick up the controller and play an RPG. Rpg's are interactive enough that you can enjoy them but don't rely on quick thought and reflexes as much as an action game like say... Contra. Basically i just walk and play. After playing the game for 5 minutes i realize i've been playing (and walking) for like 30 minutes, As i write this, i just got off of a 40 minute treadmill session and i'm going back in. I've walked 2 miles already and each day i do about 5 or more miles. I've lost around 25-30 pounds in a month! Good stuff

biomutant

Honestly, i played ddr for a while trying to lose weight, i didn't lose any, not to mention i'm kinda heavy as it is, so it was quite taxing on the old legs. What i did pick up however, was treadgaming. For the past month, i pick up the controller and play an RPG. Rpg's are interactive enough that you can enjoy them but don't rely on quick thought and reflexes as much as an action game like say... Contra. Basically i just walk and play. After playing the game for 5 minutes i realize i've been playing (and walking) for like 30 minutes, As i write this, i just got off of a 40 minute treadmill session and i'm going back in. I've walked 2 miles already and each day i do about 5 or more miles. I've lost around 25-30 pounds in a month! Good stuff

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