Meet Antwand Pearman

Meet Antwand Pearman

The genius behind GamerFit Nation explains how he's helping people get fit while having fun

Kevin L. Clark

by Kevin L. Clark, March 13, 2012

Meet Antwand Pearman

so much when it comes to fitness. You don't realize that you're actively burning calories.

When it comes to dancing and actual fitness games, the Kinect is impressive. I'd say this: If I want to play tennis, I'll play it on the Move; if I want to dance then I'll do it on the Kinect; and if i want to box—I'll do it on both. At the end of the day, I say it depends on one's own gaming preference, but even if you go with the Nintendo Wii, you'll have something motion-controlled that will help you stay fit and trim.

EBONY: With summer coming up soon, what are a few titles that folks should have in their collection now to get an early start on that beach-ready body?

AP: Just Dance 3 for the [Nintendo] Wii; UFC Personal Trainer for both the Kinect and PS Move; Your Shape Fitness Evolve 2012 for the Kinect; Zuumba Fitness Rush; and Dead or Alive 5. Why that last game?! I think that seeing a little action makes you want to seek action! All these games are different, but provide a brand of fun and healthy adventure that you cannot find anywhere else.

EBONY: What's next for you?

AP: We're in the process of putting together a few events and projects this summer. I feel that they will showcase the true essence of gaming and healthy living. For now, these projects are on the hush-hush, but when it gets closer to the date I promise that you guys will know about it.

EBONY.com: Last question. We all saw First Lady Michelle Obama taking down Jimmy Fallon in an athletic competition not too long ago. if she turned her sights to you then how would you fare?

AP: (laughs) I'm sorry, but the First Lady is one tough woman, and right now she'd kick my butt! Don't get me wrong—I'll give her a run for her money—but after I saw what she did to Ellen (DeGeneres) on her show I was like, "Oh boy, back to the gym for me!" Personally, I'd like to see her add gaming to her health initiative she has with Jill Biden. There are a lot of games out there that kids could play that will make them get up and get moving. We have a kids section on our website called GFN Junior where we talk about kids health and how gaming benefits and develops their minds and bodies.

Thanks to the help of companies like Nintendo and Microsoft supporting us, we've created a program called GFN Playground. It's hosted in a church down in Louisiana, and the local children can visit the recreation center and play the Wii together. I respect my First Lady and the work both her and Jill Biden have done in the name of the kids. I'd recommend that her husband gets her Just Dance Kids—I feel that everyone would love it.

Kevin L. Clark is the Creative Director of Don't Lose Your Day Job  and founder of Fresh Thinking Media Group . Folow him on Twitter: @DLYDJ

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