Category Archives: Celebrities
Add Stacy Keibler to the list of sculpted celebs (Helen Mirren, Michelle Obama, Tracy Anderson…) who endorse exergaming. I admit I hadn’t heard of this actress-wrestler-cheerleader until she was George Clooney’s arm candy at the Oscars, nor did I know she was a celebrity spokesperson for Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012, which I’ve been enjoying since I got a free review copy last year.
Here’s Stacy having fun playing the blockbuster minigame, which I also like warming up my whole body with.
Amazing results can happen if you work diligently enough at making your Wii Fit avatar slim and smiling instead of flabby and frowning. 66-year-old actress Helen Mirren was voted “Best Body of the Year” in an L.A. Fitness poll, beating out contenders like Jennifer Lopez and Elle Macpherson, and according to Shape, she gives credit to “regular walks with her dog and playing on the Wii Fit”.
Even though the sexygenarian actress was hot long before video game consoles were even marketed, and she’s also a paid celebrity endorser (see video above) – good for her! I don’t have Wii Fit, but there are lots of great Wii fitness choices out there for all ages.
If mashing arrows, picking giant noses or seeing Zumba outselling Zelda has you all stressed out, Deepak Chopra’s Leela game promises to get your mind back in balance through meditation, and you don’t even have to leave your console. From an article on Yahoo:
The game will use the Kinect sensors to guide users through the seven “chakras,” or points along the body that many believe serve as a body’s energy centers. Somewhat like Wii Fit or other games like Flower, Leela will have minigames that get more difficult over time, but it will not have scores or other competitive aspects. Instead, it will be more about learning how to better do the exercises and enjoy the soothing visuals and music. In one exercise called the “root chakra,” players must tilt their hips to seed a plant on the screen. The “heart chakra” has players use their hands to direct fireballs that destroy rocks to release hidden gems.
I’m not into yoga (and have yet to try the yoga on Exerbeat) and remain skeptical of “brain training” claims by games. But this sounds interesting, like a cross between Kinect’s Body and Brain Connection and the types of games where it’s not so much a “game” as exploring a virtual world, like Kinectimals, Endless Ocean or even Walk It Out. Just plain dumb fun, like any good game. Leela is supposed to be released in November.
If you Walk It Outers can’t get enough of that “boom boom”, there’s a whole game of Black Eyed Peas coming up. Ubisoft just announced The Black Eyed Peas Experience coming “soon” to Kinect and Wii. There are few details, but a good video at the link. If it’s anything like Ubisoft’s other “experience”, Michael Jackson The Experience, I love the Wii game, but the Kinect game (which I don’t have) is getting mixed reviews.
Last year it was announced that Billy Blanks, who molded kickboxing, fitness and counting to 8 into a goldmine known as Tae Bo, would be starring in a Wii game – but only in Japan. (He moved across the pond to start a new family with a Japanese woman.) The game, Billy’s Bootcamp Wii de Enjoy Diet, was released in mid-April, and Amazon’s Japanese site has screenshots and a video that includes both gameplay and a badly-dubbed Billy.
The same company that made Billy’s Bootcamp also made Shape Boxing which was rebranded for the US as Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout. Billy’s also has boxing, of course, but instead of punching at a DDR-like vertical scroll, you aim punches and kicks at colorful balls that are thrown your way. The game also has balance board support.
Billy still has name recognition in his homeland (although his namesake son could be eating away at some of that fame) and Tae Bo DVDs are still on shelves, so I don’t see why they couldn’t bring this over here eventually.