Exclusive: Riiser Review
The Riiser made by ZooZen, is an add on for your Wii Fit Balance Board.
The Riiser is a stand that you put under your Wii Fit balance board. It brings the top of the wii fit up to a full 4 inch height, which is the standard height for step aerobics. When you are performing step exercises on the Wii Fit minigames, you will get a much better workout.
For some reason I thought the Riiser was just to make your Balance Board higher off the ground if you were using it on a carpet, that’s why I started off testing out the Riiser with We Ski & Snowboard. Playing We Ski & Snowboard I was immediately amazed by how much better control I had over my character. When I played the game before the rug tended to absorb the Balance Board as I would lean. The Riiser kept me on a very sturdy pedestal. I liked what I was feeling and decided to try out Wii Fit.
When I went to get the Wii Fit game I read the box that the Riiser came in and I saw the part that said; “It brings the top of the Wii Fit up to a full 4 inch height, which is the standard height for step aerobics.” That’s when I put 2 and 2 together and realized that the the Riiser wasn’t for better control on carpet it was to increase your exercise performance.
A non-interactive stepper for 65$.
Now armed with some more knowledge about the Riiser the first game that came to mind was Advanced Step mini game in Wii Fit. I didn’t have a heart monitor hooked up, but holy sh*$% did this thing make my legs hurt (in a good workout kinda way) and my heart race… I played Advanced Step 3 times with the Riiser and 3 without. I can say without a doubt this will increase your aerobic excerise for this particular game. In other games it feels a lot more sturdy, especially if your Balance Board is on a carpet.
One BIG problem for me in particular (this most likely won’t affect many other people) was the fact that the 4 extra inches that the Riiser added to the height of the Balance Board, put my head 2 inches into the ceiling of my basement gaming room/play room/office. I had to stay slightly hunched over the whole time testing this out.
I used the Riiser for Wii Fit, Skate, and We Ski & Snowboard. In every game it improved stability and in Wii Fit it increased my cardio.