A month ago, my wife asked me to buy her a Wii fit. What the heck, I figured, anything to get her to work out. Well, a month has passed, and she's used it six times, meh. I on the other hand have become addicted to it and in the last 29 days have racked up 26 hours.
Am I loosing a ton of weight? No, but I love to eat. Is my strength way up? Heck yeah. Do I feel better? Immensely. As to my stamina, just ask my wife ;-) In all seriousness, I've gone from barely able to do 6 minutes of hula hooping, to doing 30 minutes of hula hoops, followed by 30 minutes of step plus 20 minutes of strength training.
Thing is, the step isn't that high, so I wanted to knock together a riser to increase the workout for step and rhythm boxing. Here begins our tale.
This being the internet, I realize some wit is going to inevitably say "Just go to the gym." To which I'd like to peremptorily state "Cram it, with Walnuts".
Step 1: Chapter One: a Parade in Erhenrang
First you will need to cut three lengths of two by four, you could use four by four if you wish for a greater challenge. Two pieces are cut 12 and 1/4 inches long and the third piece is cut 12 and 3/4 inches long.
Step 2: Chapter Two: a Stroll Through Old Los Angeles
The basic shape of the riser is an H, with the long piece as the cross bar, assemble them as you wish, I used pocket screws and wood glue, toe screws would work just as well.
Step 3: Chapter Three: the Dead Hand
Next we mark the location of the wii balance board onto the riser, this is simply accomplished by setting the balance board on the riser and scribing around the feet with a pencil. To make sure that the balance board does not slip off in use we attach some scraps of wood as cleats, these should be thin enough so as not to interfere with the balance board, about 1/4 inch.
Step 4: Chapter Four: the Clouded Crystal Ball
Lastly, we cut up an old mouse pad to make feet for your "device", they are simply glued to to the underside with wood glue, when dry trim with a razor blade, and our new riser is complete.