Wii Fitness for Dummies Bonus Tips and Content - Week 06

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Wii Fitness for Dummies (aka, Fitness on the Wii), available from booksellers everywhere, as well as online discounters like Amazon.com, focuses on three of the top Wii fitness programs, Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer, and Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010, as well as provides additional coverage of the entire Wii fitness phenomena and general exercise theory. As is always the case when writing a book, there is inevitably content that doesn't fit either due to subject matter, cost, or space constraints, which is where this regularly published bonus tips and content comes in. Each week, for an indeterminate number of weeks, Christina and I will be posting items that will both add to your enjoyment of the book and provide good fitness information in general.

This week, we're running the sixth in an eight part series of Classic Body Weight Exercises You Can Perform When You're Away From Your Wii* (*also great for warming up or cooling down, as discussed in book Chapter 1):

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The start position for Crunches, which work your entire stomach, with slightly greater emphasis on the upper part of the muscle wall. Minor emphasis is also placed on the muscles at the side of your waist. Lie on your back with your legs together, feet flat on the floor and your knees up. Your hands should be behind your neck, fingers interlaced.

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The midpoint position for Crunches. Use your lower stomach muscles to raise your shoulders and upper back from the floor as you bring your knees to roughly parallel. As you move your shoulders towards your knees and shorten your torso, exhale forcefully. You should feel a powerful contraction at the apex of this movement. Slowly lower your shoulders back down to their starting position, keeping your knees locked at parallel. Continue raising and lowering your shoulders for the desired number of repetitions before you lower your legs back to their start position and finish the exercise. Remember, you’re using your stomach muscles to move your torso, not your arms and hands, which are where they are for head and neck support.

Reminder:
Before starting any workout regime, it is always wise to consult with your physician. This is especially important if you are pregnant, have cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, or suffer from an orthopedic condition. Further, should you start to experience any fatigue, shortness of breath, chest tightness, dizziness, or any other discomfort, pain, or unusual symptoms while working out with Wii Fit Plus or any other fitness program, stop activity immediately and consult with your physician.

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$5 rebate on all For Dummies books and audio books

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Wow, though I think it's

Wow, though I think it's probably more of a bookstore book than an online book, it looks like Wii Fitness for Dummies has broken the top 3,000, and is presently ranked 2,340th! I'd love to know what gave it such a nice jump in sales (and also of an easy way to know what a book's peak sales ranking is all-time at Amazon).

Edit: #2,034 as of 03/24/2010 @ 06:48PM EST (love to see it break the 2k barrier!)

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Wow, your book is doing

Wow, your book is doing amazing! I still need to post a review. Do you want me to do it quickly or wait until there's a slump? (assuming there is one, of course!)

It's too bad you guys didn't have more fun writing this one. Seems about as lucrative as it gets when it comes to game books.

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Matt Barton wrote:

Wow, your book is doing amazing! I still need to post a review. Do you want me to do it quickly or wait until there's a slump? (assuming there is one, of course!)

It's too bad you guys didn't have more fun writing this one. Seems about as lucrative as it gets when it comes to game books.

It's entirely up to you, Matt. You already did more than most that received review copies did. In fact, I should ping the people on the list to see if/when they're going to post anything.

It wasn't awful writing it, but we essentially had to scrap one almost completed book (Wii Fit for Dummies) and write another one (the present version) if you remember. No one would like that. It was definitely good writing with my wife, though, as it would have been very difficult to get it done otherwise considering the stuff we had to do for it. Also, learning the For Dummies style was no treat. It's definitely very different from writing "normally". With that said, I believe we would have an easier time going forward if we wrote more For Dummies books.

I'm looking forward to our next statement for Vintage Games, which I assume will come in June (I thought such things were sent out more than once a year, but I guess not). That's done better than I hoped for as well, especially considering all that's going against it (primarily being the only book of its type from that publisher).

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Thanks for posting the

Thanks for posting the review, Matt, it's a great one. Hopefully the other reviewers will come through with something, somewhere. It's no small thing to get the publisher to send out review copies...

Edit: #1,863 as of 03/24/2010 @ 09:14PM EST (woo hoo!)

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Apologies

I've been delayed from posting a review because my copy "vanished" a few days after receiving it. I hate to jump to conclusions, but I think it was "borrowed" from me without my knowledge.

Anyhow, I repurchased the book. :-( I'll have something up this weekend.

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Rowdy Rob wrote:

I've been delayed from posting a review because my copy "vanished" a few days after receiving it. I hate to jump to conclusions, but I think it was "borrowed" from me without my knowledge.

Anyhow, I repurchased the book. :-( I'll have something up this weekend.

Boy, that sucks, Rob. You should have let me know, as I would have been happy to replace it for you. There's certainly no pressure from you or from anyone else who bought the book whatsoever, I was actually referring to those who the publisher actually sent free review copies to.

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