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01-14-2006, 04:58 AM
Hi !! I'm new here, so maybe you've already talked about this, but if not here you go ! : )
I Have the greatest time doing DDR (Dance Dance Revolution). Its this totally cool game that you play on your X-box or Playstaition. You hook up this big flat squishy pad into your game console. It has 4 arrows on it and you stand on it and follow along to the steps in the game. Its so much fun, they put the steps to cool music, and before you know it you are stepping all over the place, and laughing, and sweating. There are lots of songs, and different combinations of steps, and difficulty levels. I don't get bored with it. Plus you can hook up four pads at a time and play with four people at a time. I've lost 30 lbs doing this as my main form of cardio (plus diet of course). I've got like 60 more lbs to loose, and this is how I'm going to do it. I got my best friend into it, and we do it together. Oh !! And don't think your too old becuase I got my Mom into it, and she's 53, and she loves it!! She does it with me a few times a week now. A lot of you parents probobly already own a game player of some sort for your kids, so why not get some use out of it for yourself!!! Ohh, and its for kids too, I don't have any, but how cool would that be to get your kid involved too. Its a game and its exercise, and I bet your kids could keep you motivated. Ok I'll stop babbling on, but I just really love it, and odds are you will too. And if you do get one, just so you know, it takes a few days, or a week to really get into the full swing of it (at least it did for me and my mom, we are clumsy and uncoordinated : ) ) Ok well good luck, and have some fun for goodness sake !!
P.S. I'm not a salesman I just really like it : )

01-14-2006, 04:38 PM
I don't use DDR myself, but I do know tha several people here do use it and like it. There was recently a thread about it exercise forum titles DDR or something like that. It seems like a good way to burn those calories if you're coordinated enough to do it.

01-14-2006, 08:31 PM
I got my 3 kids Bella Dancerella Pop Star and Ballet for Christmas and now they won't stop dancing! I bet if they loved those games they would really like this one too! Thanks for the info, I will check it out.

01-14-2006, 08:38 PM
LoL! I was going to post about this...Hehe...

We just bought a new pad. Our old one died (it was a cheapo Beat Bad and the sensors ripped out). I'm going to go play once I know the bebe is asleep.

01-14-2006, 09:31 PM
I support using DDR for exercise fully.
I've been playing it for 4 years, since before I even realized it WAS exercise.. I've done tournaments (and won) but now I can use it for exercise too which is awesome.. I have two metal pads so that it's just like the arcade but.. that's not really necessary.
Keep at it ^-^

01-15-2006, 05:59 AM
i've heard other people talking about it too and it does sound like fun but i think any dancing is fun. just turn on the stereo and dance!!!

having said all that i have seen very similar posts spammed to various diet boards (not saying this one is spam but there does appear to be an effective guerilla marketing campaign for it.

dancing has got to be the BEST exercise lol

01-16-2006, 04:47 PM
My boys just got an Xbox for Christmas and I have seen the DDR in passing at the store but I never thought of it as something for all ages to enjoy and play. This is definitely a plus and a good idea for me to get one so that I can dance even more around the house! I know the kids will get a kick out of this too! Thanks for the information.;)

01-16-2006, 06:15 PM
Sweet_Pea, No I am not a spammer, I love this game, and really wanted to share it with the people here. It really keeps me going and I know that other people will love it too. I'm new here and I didn't know that it has been covered, I'm just trying to share. But hey, your right about the dancing around the house, that can be fun. I'm just the type of person that needs a little more structure. :)

Dsho71, your welcome!! I hope you like it. I do it with my neice, she's 11 and she does like it. It takes a little while to get into the swing of it, but once you do you won't want to stop. I've done a total of 5 hrs of it in the last 4 days. I get too bored with other stuff !! : ) Good luck to you, and your kids !! :)

01-17-2006, 11:15 PM
i have this... i got it specificly as a way to lose weight and have fun doing it.. let me tell ya even on the beginers game mode it kicks my fat @$$

i havnt done it in months tho... i really cant anymore... i have too many people in the house especialy with my 11month old and his toys that take over the place, i cant do it in the evenings because i am heavy footed and the thumping would wake everyone up and i already get up at 6am to leave the house by 7 so early morning dont work for me either... yeah i need my own place :lol:

but its great cardio you can really work up a sweat doing it...

i have the regular squishy pad tho and mine moves on me, between each song i have to reposition it... do you have that problem with yours?

01-18-2006, 12:31 AM
Tayja, Oh Yes, :) my dance mat does move around some when I get to really jumping around, but my mom told me to put some of that rug-stay-put rubber stuff on the bottom. You know that stuff its like a really thin white rubber criss cross mat. I'm not good at explaing things sorry. :) But anyways I just taped some to the bottom and now I stay put.

I'm sorry to hear that you haven't got to do it in a while. I guess I wouldn't want to wake up my baby either :) (if I had one) I always start out trying to be really light footed myself, but after like 5 minutes, when I start to really concentrate, my neighbors probobly think I have a baby elephant in the house. Thank goodness I have the squishy pad ! :)

Anyways, good luck to you, I hope you can get back into it sometime. Hey and good luck with your 21 day challege !!! Lindystar

01-18-2006, 02:36 AM
The Ignition 3.0 is really good at staying put. My hubby can move it on a 10 foot Heavy song, but I generally keep it pretty stationary. It's also not as slippery as the beat pads. If you have a game room, splurge and buy a hard pad. Those are so awesome...

01-18-2006, 03:04 PM
where can you purchase this game??

01-18-2006, 03:09 PM
I have a friend who lost 40 pounds doing DDR! And he totally impresses us at parties, too! :)


01-18-2006, 05:02 PM
lindystar - hey you're sweet! glad you're joining us here. i apologise if i offended you

the other interesting thing about dancing is that kirstey alley reckons its her secret weight loss weapon. i also know here when they did that Dancing with the Stars competition the winner who was a big beefy All Black lost 13kg (2 stone) during the competition from all the exercise. so dancing really does work.

its funny i can walk for 20 mins and feel tired but i can dance for an hour LOL. it gets the adrenalin going

01-18-2006, 05:22 PM
nene, you can get it most game stores... some walmarts targets toys r us and kb toys have it... but deffinatly places like Game stop, Rino and Electronic Boutique have it... mine came from game stop i think it was... but i have seen them in all of those places

and there are like two or 3 versions of the game out now... i have ddr max 2 for my playstation2

theres no way i could use the harder arcade style pads... but what i would really like (like i actualy get a chance to use it lol ) is a bigger pad... do they make bigger ones?? the arrows are too close together on mine... if that makes since... when i try to hit the aarows i over step and end up on the outside edges of them and the sensors dont pick up my moves

be for XH left we used to play it together (he enjoyed it more then i did he was freaking competitive with it) but cuase i sucked at hitting the arrows, i would let him use the pad and do the moves with him but just on the floor, so i didnt have to worry about missing aarows and losing my turn

01-18-2006, 05:23 PM
i just read all the typos in my last post... i'm aware of them but i'm not gunna bother to fix it :lol:

01-18-2006, 07:44 PM
Hi, I bought mine at Best Buy, and they also have them at Circuit City.

Sweet_Pea, You are really nice too, I'm sorry if I came across a little choppy. Thinking of the dancing thing, has anybody tried the yoga booty ballet? I saw it on an infomercial, it could be hoaky or cool, ya just never know. I see that you post a lot here, and I've read a bunch of them. You have some really great stuff to say, and are super encouraging. Your a writer? ( I think I remember reading that somewhere) Very cool, but oh man that must mean that you can spell, and I havn't installed the spell check on this yet, and obviously I can't spell to save the pope. :) Oh well, as long as everyone can read phoneticly, we will be ok. :)

And the metal dance pads, are they super expensive? And can you wear your shoes on them? No shoes on the soft mats for sure, but on the metal ones, I would def. want some support.

Has anybody that does this a lot developed funny callosus on their feet? Oh I'm so gross, but on the sides of my feet I'm getting them, that will be embarasing in the pedicure shop. AAALLK. I guess I'll have to bring extra tword my tip. :) Oh, I'm sorry. :)

Anyways, you all have fun, and keep up the great work !

01-18-2006, 08:36 PM
My son got DDR for xmas and I can't get enough of it! We have a daily date now on the dance pads before he goes to bed. He never knew his mom could move like that! "All the better to embarass you at your first school dance" I said to him!

01-18-2006, 08:41 PM
You almost have to wear shoes on the harder ones. If you don't, you can get a bloody foot. Yuck. As far as price, they're $200, but last a whooolllleeee lot longer than the soft pads.

01-18-2006, 08:44 PM
:lol: Susie !! thats great !!

lindy, i dont think i ever used mine enough to develop funny allouses(sp) but i NEVER wear shoes anyway unless i absolutly have to so my feet are pretty calloused as it is, i probably wouldnt have noticed

but if you are getting them on the Sides, i would say you are most likely landing wrong on your steps rather then flat footed you are landing on the sides of your feet which is causing it

the next couple of times that you play try to rather then concintrate on the game pay attention to your foot work and see if that could be the case... it could just be a matter of adjusting how you are steping

and i cant spell with a dang either... so you're not alone :lol:

01-18-2006, 08:53 PM
We're just amatures and have the soft mats! I don't find them slippery and I love being bare feet! (I get to release my inner hippie)! Do the different versions of the game have different songs? I like the one we have because it has a mix of "old music" and modern stuff.

01-19-2006, 02:55 AM
Hi ,

Susie, I'm not sure, do you mean the diff. versions of game console or diff. versions of the game itself? You probobly meant like x-box or PS2, and that I'm not sure, although you can find out on the gaming sites. But yeah the 3 games for x-box all have different music. I love "Brick House" on DDR revolution, it makes me feel all cool and womanly and stuff. Oh, and if your a techno wiz, you can go online and download more songs onto your game console. They of course come ready to go with steps and everything, and I think its like 5 dollars for a pack of songs. I've never done it though, my computer is to old and dumb.

Tayja, cool name, I think the foot thing is because when I really get going fast, like on standard mode, I'm just flying around trying to get it right, and not concentrating. -Just like you said. But it's not severe or anything, and my feet and ankles don't hurt, so I guess it will be fine. Does your game have "workout mode" ? Mine does, you can enter your weight and it supposedly tallies up how many calories you burn while doing it. The calories burnes seem pretty high though, today I did 90 minutes and it said that I burned 680 calories. Can that be? I no its an estimate, but that seems awfully high.

Ok, well thank you all for the input, have fun dancing !!!! :)