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EA Sports Active for the Wii

  • Aug 14, 2009
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EA Sports Active This game is the answer to everyone who got bored with the Wii Fit, and actually wanted to burn some real calories. It kind of amazing, how much of a workout you can get from this program. It comes with a leg stap to hold the remote and a resistance band use for upper body strength training.

I lost 6 lbs with the first week of the 30 day challenge. My overall weight loss was 11 lbs, and I got more definition in my arms and calfs. Its great! I am definitely not the type of person who can ever motivate herself to go to the gym. This requires zero effort on your part, because you don’t even have to get out of your pajamas.

The program tracks your progress on how many calories you have burned, how many hours your have worked out, and rewards you with trophies, when you accomplish something like completing 100 squats. The workouts will challenge you, and when you are ready, you can substitute your own resistance band in for a higher intensity. It flows like circuit training, with a warm up, some upper body, some lower body and some cardio. The game gets you running laps around a track, and if you aren’t moving fast enough, your on screen trainer will have no problem letting you know.

When you first get the game, you set up your fitness profile figure to workout alongside. This program does not measure your BMI like the Wii Fit, but it asks about your body type instead. The goal of this program is not weight loss, but overall fitness.

Next, you enter your goals. You can say how many calories you want to burn, over what time period. You can also say how often you want to work out. The program mainly focuses on calorie burning, which is good in theory, but I question how accurate their calculations are.

Then, you are ready to exercise! You can choose a pre-designed workout, the 30 day challenge, or customize your own workout. Each workout is broken down into small 3-5 minute sections of different types of exercises, from bicep curls and boxing, to running, lunges and squats. The console monitors your movement with the Wii remote and nunchuk, and a leg strap that holes the nunchuk to your thigh. You can adjust the intensity from easy, moderate or hard.

One of the criticisms I have about EA Sports Active is that there is no real core workout for your back and abdomen. I have problems sometimes with the Wii remote and the sensor, but it might just be my funky TV configuration.

EA Sports Active does work with the Wii Balance Board, so its not just sitting there collecting dust. They could have done a better job incorporating the balance board more though. And if you use Wii Fit and EA Sports Active together, you could burn lots of calories, keep track of your weight, and work on your balance and strength, all from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
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February 28, 2010
I just picked this up today and I am curious on how it is going to work out. I am actually above the limit for the balance board (pathetic I know) but have a strong desire to get in shape .. without having to spend a rediculous amount of money. So, I may be following this up with a review in the near future. Hrmmm ... maybe there is a way to chart my progress. I'll come up with something :)
March 01, 2010
I strongly dislike the Wii balance board. It isn't utilized very well in this game, so you're fine without it. Can't wait to hear a success story!
August 22, 2009
Sounds like a much better work out that the Wii Fit, actually something along the lines of The Hour Glass Workout except you don't have to leave your home and it is cheaper in the long run. Great review!
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EA Sports Active is a video game developed by EA Vancouver for the Wii console. It was released on May 19, 2009 in North America. The game ships with a strappable pouch to hold the Nunchuk and a resistance band.

The game is expected to be the first in a line of EA Sports Active branded games and related peripherals. An expansion is slated to be released in Q4 2009.

EA Sports Active is an exercise game consisting of activities that use the motion controls of the Wii platform. Primarily played using the Wii Remote, the game package includes a pouch that allows the player to strap the attached Nunchuk to their legs in order to track their lower body movements. The Wii Balance Board is also supported but is not required for play.

The game features a number of exercise options supervised by a virtual personal trainer including 20 minute workout regimens and a 30 Day Challenge mode that lets players set workout goals such as calories burned or a number of sessions while tracking their progress over time. The idea is that the weight loss will happen on its own if the calories burned goals in each workout are met or exceeded.

The game also awards trophies for reaching specific fitness landmarks such as accumulating 10 total workout hours, working out with a friend, and completing all the exercises in the 30 Day Challenge.

Players are also encouraged to create a custom workout session built around either personal favorite exercises, calorie goals (such as burning 100+ calories in one...

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