Introduction: The WiiBell!
The Nintendo Wii did an awesome job at introducing interactive games for children and adults alike using motion sensitive technology. Such games that are known for their exercised promoting games are Wii Sports, Wii Fit, and Wii Sports Resort.
But for the majority of us, these games that promote exercise don't provide much of a workout. In fact, most people still sit on their couch and just nonchalantly flick their wrists to get strike after strike at Wii bowling . Thus, the WiiBell!
The Wii Bell is simply a dumbbell connected to a Wii controller.
2x 12ft string
2 (or 1) dumbbells of any weight (however don't make it too heavy. But if you do don't blame me if you get injured. I warned you... )
1 Wii Controller (I kept the squishy case on the controller for these pictures, but it works better without it.)
1 Wii nun-chuck
Step 1: Lashing
Note: I downloaded the tripod picture and the clove hitch picture from a Google images search.
We will be using a tripod lashing to tie the Wii controller to the dumbbell. The only difference is that we only have two objects to wrap the string around as opposed to three with a tripod.
Step 1- Tie a clove hitch around the dumbbell. Or you can just tie a square knot (basically the first step of tying your shoes twice). All that matters is that the string is tied to the dumbbell.
If you're a visual learner the picture of how to tie a clove hitch might help you more, but I'll try to explain it.
Basically make an X with the string leaving one end very long and the other end 2in long. Then pull the long end under the center of the X and pull both ends tight.
Step 2- Start the lashing.
Start looping the string around both the dumbbell and the controller in a figure eight pattern (I put the string in between the A button and the directional pad btw). As you hopefully can see in the pictures, the center of the 8 is in between the weight and the controller. Continue pulling the string VERY TIGHT through the figure eight pattern until the string is half as long.
Remember, you need to pull the string tight everytime you loop over one of the objects.
Step 3 - Start the frapping.
This is the most important part of the the lashing. Basically, with the rest of the string wrap around the center of the figure eight (the frapping is the rope seperating the logs in the tripod picture). This also needs to be super tight.
Step 4 - End the lashing.
Tie a strong knot that will keep the tightness and won't come undone. You can play around with this one. Before you finish the frapping you can make a loop with the string and then frap around it so the loop is stuck there and you can use it to make the finishing knot.
Or you can try a two-half hitches knot, a simple square knot, or clove hitch.
Step 5 - Repeat with the nun-chuck (if you desire)
This is a little trickier because it may not be long enough, but basically do the exact same thing. You may need two lashings on both ends.
During the beginning of the lashing (before the frapping) I tied the bottom side down a couple of times, then returned to the figure eight pattern on the top side.
OR IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HATE STRING OR FIND THIS INSTRUCTABLE TOO CONFUSING, JUST USE DUCT TAPE. (But it will make your controller and dumbbell sticky...)
Step 2: Fitness
You can actually get a decent workout with the WiiBell!
Here's a list of all the major muscles the different sports develop using the WiiBell.
Boxing : Shoulder Joint Flexion- Pectoralis Major
Elbow Extension- Triceps
Elbow Flexion- Biceps
Isometric Wrist- Forearm
*With proper boxing for you can also get a good ab and leg workout.
*Also some cardio
Tennis : Wrist Deviations- Forearm (for those who play Wii Tennis with their wrist)
Elbow Extension- Triceps
Shoulder Joint Internal/External Rotation- Pectoralis Major
*Plus abs and legs
Golf : Same as tennis
Baseball : Same as tennis
Shoulder Joint Circumduction- Rotator cuff muscles
-Pretty Much everything
Overall, the different sports if used effectively, provide a whole body workout.
Boxing is the hardest.
IT IS HARDER THAN IT LOOKS SO USE A LIGHT WEIGHT TO AVOID INJURY!!!!!