He Goes to the "Gym"

Remember, I'm a people watcher.

While waiting for our lanes at the bowling alley on campus last weekend, we hung around and watched all the kids/college students hang out in the arcade.

I was fascinated by this guy who was working one of those Wii-type dancing machines.

He totally was rocking the steps, I couldn't even keep up with what color was where, but he looked like he's been doing this a while.

DQ, the dancer, even was impressed by this guys fancy footwork.


Wow, I thought, this guy probably tells his parents/friends/girlfriend? that he works out in the gym every day. All the while he feeds the arcade machine quarter after quarter, rocking out to some anime-style rock videos. Nonetheless, it's a fab workout.

At one point the game ends with a big "FAIL" on the screen and he pouts off to the soda machine for a drink, dripping with sweat. Only to come back 10 minutes later for his revenge.

The next two songs, aced, he get's A's for his effort and apparently proud of himself, he leaves.

Gym membership, $250. Arcade dance-machine workout, $2.50. Blog fodder for The Mom, priceless.

I'm totally jealous, he lost like 10 pounds just dancing while I gained about that much watching.

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  1. michelle @ sweet mady's said...

    i love that his t-shirt :)

  2. AmyG said...

    Love the new blog look! ;)

    I need something like this at home. Looks like fun!

    And I'm thinking, your wartermark, on the back of his shirt, makes a great print for a t-shirt. lol

  3. HappyHourSue said...

    LOL_ I love how it looks like he's sporting a Cheaper Than Therapy T-shirt!!

  4. PaulsHealthBlog.com said...

    Hey! You changed the look of your blog around a bit.

  5. Tracey said...

    I want a WII for xmas!!!!!

  6. Jay @halftime lessons said...

    My youth is filled with such obsessions that I now look back on and think, "Oh, I miss a time when Ms. Pac-man was the most important woman in my life..."

    Then I realize what I am saying, and the feeling of PATHETIC EMBARRASSMENT washes over me...

    Note that MY obsessions has nothing to do with physical fitness.

  7. Kelly said...

    That's awesome! I'm always telling myself I'll get the home version of that game and it'll be my key to a slimmmer, trimmer self... yeah, right. :)

  8. ParentingPink said...

    Too funny! Some of those guys are really good at this stuff! I need to get one! Seriously. I'm with you. WHo needs a fancy shmancy gym membership when you can dance your butt off!

  9. Linda S said...

    that is my son's aerobic exercise...I encourage it since he isn't into any other "real" sport except golf. when you get to his level you come out looking like you have run 5 miles... great gift for DQ...seriously! Oh, and the Hannah Montana sing a long! {{covers ears}}

  10. Sara said...

    Have you ever tried it? It is so much fun! And you do get up a pretty good sweat. Some of those guys are seriously devoted to it. It is funny to watch.

  11. Gayle said...

    so, that's what I need to do.. start hanging out at the arcade!!!

  12. Brittany said...

    I would have gained too, those bowling alley nachos do me in every time!

  13. Ranch Girl said...

    It was pretty amusing to watch my step daughters try this type of machine out for the 1st time - even on the super slow mode they were having a hard time (and I didn't even try!)

  14. jill jill bo bill said...

    I can watch that freakin' machine for hours at the arcade. Fun!!!!

  15. The White House said...

    That is so priceless. I love that he came back for revenge. I am more into the "Deal or No Deal" arcade games, where you sit on your butt and win tickets to cash in on sweet prizes- like candy necklaces.

  16. Christie said...

    I always wanted to try DDR- but I have NO coordination and would fall flat on my face, haha

  17. Shannon said...

    That's cool!! You know how many times I've wanted to hop on one of those and try it out??? MANY. They look so fun :-) But I'm a wimp in public so I haven't done it yet!

  18. Brooks said...

    thats great! I wish that I had the energy to sit there and watch him 'dance'. I would be too embarrassed to do that by myself!

  19. Jennifer said...

    that is funny!

  20. JLT6907 said...

    those machines are awesome! i just can't swing it, hahaha! but yes you are right about it being priceless!

  21. The Heckathorns said...

    LOL! You crack me up! My little brother would do that before he joined the Air Force...where they have mandatory work outs during the week. His workout consisted of Dance Dance Revolution for 2 hours every day! I'm not coordinated enough to do that mess! :)

  22. Jo-Jo said...

    Oh man I tried that one day and I totally sucked!

  23. MamaMoss said...

    I have tried those games and failed, usually before it really even starts.

  24. georgie said...

    I would break my neck on one of them contraptions PLUS if it even remotely resembles exercise then it's the debbil!

  25. Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

    LOL...that is soo my kind of workout...I just got the best one of recent by doing boxing on the wii with my DH ...oh and the bonus, I kicked his butt 3 times...lol.

  26. Jamey said...

    those games are harder than they look. of course he lost 10 lbs he's a guy! it would take a woman a month of those days to lose 10 lbs!

  27. Tena said...

    This is classic! People who play these games are serious!! Like they are hoping it becomes an Olympic Sport, and well it just might!!
    I would have gained too, nacho's, popcorn, beer... bowling alleys pump you full of cramp food, so gross but oh so good!!

  28. Cathie said...

    Oh I have teh playstation version and it is fun. But my boobs (read it as full of fat) jiggle and that is not fun when I am trying to excerise!

  29. Allison said...

    Sober I suck at that... Alcohol enhanced I rock that game LOL!

    I wrote my blog before going to the doctors and was going to tag everyone when I got back... you beat me to the punch HA HA! And Your very welcome!

  30. Annie said...

    I had an autistic student who rocked out at dance, dance, revolution. He was seriously ranked nationwide. Who knew!?!?

  31. Rachel said...

    Don't you love getting free blog fodder?

    By the way, I still haven't decided whether I should be hurt or flattered that you called me JILL on my own blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  32. Semi-Slacker Mom said...

    Not only would I FAIL, I would probably break my leg too!
    Smart idea though.`1

  33. Pink & Green Mama said...

    I read an article in People when I was at the dentist last month about a couple who loved doing this so much that they both lost a bunch of weight, got engaged, and now bought one of the giant arcade machines for their basement. They both work out on it every day and they look fantastic!

  34. Petra said...

    I'm so getting a Wii. I want to lose 10 pounds dancing!

    I love the blog logo on his tee-shirt, by the way!

    You sneaky little minx!

  35. Minxy Mimi said...

    LMARSEO!!!
    I think that is much more fun than going to a boring old stuffy gym!!!

  36. Caffeine Court said...

    I tried one of those at the boardwalk this summer, and I crowd gathered!! I think they thought they were going to see some great performance. I TOTALLY sucked. So embarrassing.

  37. Brittany said...

    I want one for my house, i am too jiggly to dance like that out in public!

  38. Lisa said...

    I like the new blog colors.

  39. Jenni Jiggety said...

    I have ALWAYS wanted to try that game out but I am afraid people will point and stare and post about me on their blog... ;-D

  40. Ms. Bar B: said...

    See, no more couch potatoes in the gaming world!

  41. Miranda said...

    lol Don't the kids just go nuts on those things? My 8 year old and I did this together one time and I think she did better than I did! I've seen some teens totally take those dance games on and not even miss a beat! It's crazy!

  42. Justice Jonesie said...

    I love watching people dance/ play this game. I always wanted to play but haven't had the nerve to do so for the simple fact that it draws a crowd.

  43. Aubrey said...

    I can't help but laugh my ass off every time I see some fool, wait...excuse me...someone playing his game, in public. But you are right! Much cheaper than an unused gym membership! LOL

  44. Wendi said...

    Where can I get me one of those?
    Machines that is.

  45. flickrlovr said...

    I LOVE DDR! (Dance Dance Revolution, not sure if that's the exact game he was playing there, but it sure looks similar!) I'm pretty bad at it, but if I practice enough, I can get really good at the easier songs ;) It's totally fun-and yes, an incredible workout! I get super sweaty whenever I try it.

    Saw a MASTER of DDR once in Santa Monica (on the pier) one summer...we stood and watched in awe for probably 30 minutes. He won every game with flying colors and made it look so easy! It was incredible.

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