Everlast's 1kg Wii Weights turn the Wiimote and Nunchuck into dumbbells.

One of the criticisms levelled at the Wii as a fitness device is that it's just too gentle. Waving your arms about (on Wii Sports) or wobbling around on a Balance Board (on Wii Fit) might get the heartrate up a touch, but if you're looking to build serious muscle, lose significant amounts of weight or get properly fit – well, there are these things called gymnasiums...

But why not combine the two? Everlast, which makes boxing equipment, weights and fitness gear, has come up with a set of gym-like accessories that are designed to take your Wii workout to the next level.

Here we look at Everlast's 1kg Wii Weights, which turn the Wiimote and Nunchuck into dumbbells. Click here to read our review of Everlast's aerobic Stepper, which fits under your Balance Board and raises it by 3in.

You get two identical dumbbells. You simply slot the Wiimote into one of them, while the Nunchuck needs to be held in place by a plastic cover. This smooth, curved cover makes the Nunchuck dumbbell comfortable to hold; without this, the Wiimote dumbbell is cursed by some awkward sharp edges that hurt your palms after a while.

We tried the dumbbells on some boxing exercises, and found it highly effective, creating a higher-impact workout. The Wii Weights have a wider range of uses than the Stepper – the Wii Fit juggling was also improved – but bear in mind that you won't be able to clip on the MotionPlus accessory, so Wii Sports Resort games are out.

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Wii Fit Workout Weights Accessories: Specs

  • Adds about 1kg of weight to each controller
  • allows full use of all buttons, straps and IR function. Requires Nintendo Wii console and compatible game (including: Wii Fit
  • EA Sports Active
  • Golds Gym Cardio
  • Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009)
  • Adds about 1kg of weight to each controller
  • allows full use of all buttons, straps and IR function. Requires Nintendo Wii console and compatible game (including: Wii Fit
  • EA Sports Active
  • Golds Gym Cardio
  • Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009)

OUR VERDICT

These accessories are a nice idea, and certainly have their uses. A gentle boxing workout becomes seriously demanding, and quite a few other games can benefit from the extra weight. We do feel, however, that the Everlast branding has been deployed slightly cynically here – these are cheap-feeling plastic console accessories rather than the slickly professional fitness products you might expect. The dumbbells are also uncomfortable to use and can’t be expanded beyond 1kg, and are a little more expensive than we’d like.

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