Does It Work? Wii Fit results

By Paul Drewes - bio | email & Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's been eight weeks and time's up!

To see how things shaped up with the Wii Fit challenge, KHNL/K5 News's Mari-Ela David and Paul Drewes put the video game through its paces to see if it could help them reach their fitness goals. And they can finally answer the question, 'Does it work'?

It's 'Game Over' for their Wii Fitness challenge, and it's been unlike any other game they've tried before.

Wii Fit takes you through a range of exercises at various levels, like those just starting a workout.

"I couldn't do guy push-up's before, only girl ones, and now I can," said David.

Even seasoned athletes like Drewes got a good workout.

"No matter what the exercise, Wii Fit makes you concentrate on your balance, which is something you don't get much feedback on during a regular workout at the gym," said Drewes.

But what would this sports challenge be without the tale of the tape? And the numbers are in!

One of David's goals was to lose weight, and by doing the Wii Fit exercises three times a week, she was able to shed three pounds.

"I was actually trying to lose five pounds in two months. I'm not sure if it's because of muscle mass gained from strength training, or the pizza from Paul," said David.

For Drewes, the goal was more flexibility and better balance.

"The Wii helped to make sure I did the exercises correctly, not only in form but at the right speed, so I didn't rush through any fitness program," he said.

As for David's cholesterol, it didn't change, even with Drewes's efforts to have her eat unhealthy during this Wii challenge.

"So does it work? I think it would be a great addition to any regular workout program," said Drewes.

"But when it comes to cardio, you don't get the same burn on the Wii Fit as you do when you're out jogging or on a treadmill, so I'm kind of anxious to get back to my old routine. But I think Wii Fit is perfect for those who can't get to the gym," said David.

Drewes and David give it a thumbs up, even though their thumbs are a little sore from all that clicking.

Now comes the toughest part of this fitness challenge. You see, they have to turn in the Wii's back to the station now that they're done, that is, if they can catch them!