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Newton YMCA uses video games for fitness

Posted by Martin Finucane May 14, 2007 11:33 AM

NEWTON

After his light workout at the West Suburban YMCA in Newton last week, 7-year-old Max Melville hardly seemed out of breath. But he did have a complaint. "I feel like I sprained my arm," Melville joked, already eyeing his next activity: hitting the rock-climbing wall at the far end of a converted racquetball court inside the 97-year-old building, the Globe reports today.

Sore muscles are a common grievance at the Newton Y, where many adults are trying to shake off their spare tires in time for summer. But Melville's "sprain" came from exerting himself while bowling on the new Nintendo Wii video gaming system at the Y, one of 100 of the hard-to-find systems that manufacturer Nintendo has donated to YMCAs nationwide.

Nintendo is trying to position the Wii as an "exergame," alongside the more frenetic Dance Dance Revolution, and virtual reality golf games, which you can also find at the Newton Y.

-- Mark Baard

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