Monday, August 4, 2008

Fools and Their Money

In another ridiculous "Nintendo Wii is good for you" story, a Manhattan gym is charging customers $110 an hour to "work out" with the console, which retails for approximately $250. Nope, I'm not making this up.

The gym in question is Gravity Fitness at Le Parker Meridien hotel, and its executive director told the New York Post that he thinks of the Wii as "just another tool at the gym." Well, there's certainly at least one tool at the gym.

There are plenty of things to blow your money on these days, but in today's flagging economy, why must we flaunt such financial stupidity? For less than the cost of three one-hour sessions, anyone can buy a Wii of their own, which comes packaged with Wii Sports and is easier to find now than ever before. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to fork over $110 bucks to pretend to play tennis for an hour.

And while I love the Wii and all that it has done to bring video games into the mainstream, could we please stop heralding it as a substitute for good old-fashioned exercise week after week in the media? Sure, it's better than sitting on your ass, but if you're serious about getting in shape, ditch the controller and go for a jog.

3 comments:

cg said...

Great post james! Far too expensive - though I will spend countless quarters on DDR given the opportunity.

Andrew said...

Yes! DDR is so worth it! But I think it’s because it’s a different experience then playing at home. This is not. It’s just a game system...
in a gym...
for one hundred bucks...

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