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- Game includes a deep co-operative multiplayer game mode.
- Engage in fitness made easy through 20 minute circuits feature a variety of familiar activities that target upper body, lower body as well as cardio.
- Follow the guidance, motivation and training tip of your very own virtual personal trainer.
- 30 day challenge' of tailor made 20 minute workouts, that change as you progress each day, and track calories, intensity and progress throughout your journey.
- Gameplay/workout options are extended with the included Nunchuck strap and resistance band accessories, and compatibility with the Wii Balance Board (not included).
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Revolutionize your workout regimen with EA SPORTS Active, the ultimate interactive fitness program that's designed for you. Get fit with a holistic approach to fitness that combines nutrition and lifestyle factors, with a variety of activities, all from the convenience of your living room. From customized routines that target upper body, lower body, and cardio to a guided 30-day challenge that tests muscle endurance, coordination and agility, stay in shape with fitness made fun and easy.
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Wii Active is AWESOME! AWESOME!! I was holding out big hopes for this game because while I love wii fit, golds gym coach and my fitness coach, this game offers full use of the wii motion controls and balance board for feedback. If you do not have the balance board, the game is just as useful.The balance board makes some exercises more "total body" and intense but the game was designed to be used without it. This game is honestly what I thought I was getting when I bought the wii fit! This game is more of a gym style workout consisting of strength exercises with resistance, cardio, and sports drills. There is no yoga in this game nor is there any abdominal work (which I find kind of strange because they were pretty thorough with everything else).
I just finished my second full 40 minute workout and it was great! I feel like I just came back from the gym. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed the sports drills.I dont enjoy the tennis or baseball on wii sports. But the sports drills on Active are really intense, you actually have to jump to do volleyball serves and the motions are exactly as they are when you play the game.
Sports included are Baseball (pitching and batting and catching), volleyball (serving, bumping and setting), Basketball (so far I've just seen shooting and passing), Skating (with leg lifts), Tennis (serving, fore-shots, volleying,backshots). Basketball shooting involves twisting to grab a ball and then making a jump shot. It really gives a virtual reality feel to sports exercises. During kickboxing you are able to use the balance board to kick the heavy bag and do knee ups which really got my heart rate up. During running exercises, you are placed on a track and the game has you alternate between running, walking, knee ups, and kick ups. I really felt as though I had a coach with me. I used to work out with a personal trainer and this really had the same feel.
Balance Board Use
You ARE able to use the balance board with this game. For the sports drills it made me (uncoordinated as I am) less accurate but it did incorporate more total body usage. For instance, in baseball when you catch you do a side lunge before you reach up or out to catch the ball. There is an option to use the balance board with all the sports drills. I havent seen any resistance exercises that used the balance board though.
High Intensity Exercises
There are some hi-intensity or slightly more advanced strength exercises included such as jumping lunges, jumping squats, squat and hold, side to side jumps, bicep curl with shoulder press, bicep curl with kickback, lateral raise with row, etc.
After setting up the resistance band and leg strap (easy, took 2 minutes tops) I had to set up a profile. There was great variety on how personalized you can make your avatar look with very cool outfits to choose from. It doesnt let you really change the height of your avatar or age (in appearance) so when I set up avatars for my kids, they looked like adults. You set your goals such as how many calories you want to burn over a period of x number of days, how many workouts you want to complete per week or month, and how many hours you want to workout per week or month. I was surprised it didnt include weight loss goals but then I guess it would have to assume you have the balance board and it tries to stay away from that.
30 Day Challenge
I chose the 30 day challenge simply because it seemed like the quickest way to get started. The range of activities was really astounding and I enjoyed the entire workout. It was great to have the game give feedback on form. Before you do every exercise the first time, it automatically shows you a video on proper form. While I was familiar with most of the exercises, the videos are useful because it shows you how to hold the remote for each exercise. You can skip them if you really want. After you watch them the first time, you don't have to see it again. The exercises included cardio, sports drills, resistance upper and lower exercises and track. Even if you choose the 30 day challenge, you can still just select individual workouts as well, but I found the challenge to be a great motivator because it will take me through all of the exercises...not just my favorites.
You can also choose from more than 50 pre-set programs such as 30 minute lower body, 20 minute sports drills, 40 minute whole body, 60 minute upper body hard or easy, 40 minute cardio only, athletic exercises, 30 minute low-impact, 50 minute hi-impact and many others. Literally, I don't see potential for getting bored with your exercise routine anytime soon with this game. You can also create your own program by just picking the exercises you like. You can customize it further in that you can choose the duration and intensity for each individual exercise, and intensity and length of total time that you would like to work out for. It sounds like a lot of choices, but it was very simple and I created a very kid-friendly program in about 4 minutes.
The multi-player mode works really well also. It is best to have the additional player accessory kit but I found that most of the sport drills and upper body strength exercises only require that the second player have a remote and nunchuk anyway so even without it, my kids and husband are able to work out with me. My husband said he would work out with me with the Active because it looks like a real workout (He thought my wii fit and my fitness coach were cute). He was especially impressed with the sports drills.
Bad Knees/Problem areas
The great thing about it is that if you have a weak area or injury, such as bad knees, you are able to see all the exercises you will do in either 30-day challenge mode or pre-set mode and if you can't do those exercises, you can simply uncheck them. I have bad knees and so I uncheck some of the jumping exercises. It would have been nice if you could set that up in your profile and it simply took those exercises out of your program but being able to select or deselect them day-by-day is probably more flexible.
For those of you who wonder if small children would like it, my kids (age 3 and 5) were able to do the sports drills with me like tennis and baseball very easily (they don't fare so well with the wii sports version). Since the game is not trying to simulate actual playing, all they had to do was swing the remotes at the right time. They didnt have to worry too much about moving to be in the right place.
I honestly am in Love with this product! Of course I could make suggestions for improvements, (everything can be improved on), but I really think they did an superb job with this. This is what I thought the wii fit game was going to be from the beginning! Since this game focuses more on a gym-style workout, combining it with the balance, core and strength exercises from wii fit and the yoga and variety from my fitness coach really enables me to get a full and varied workout.
However, if you don't own the other games, honestly I would recommend getting this one. It just gives me a more realistic workout feel.
1. the resistance band that comes with the game is either light or medium. For those of you who would like to increase this, just purchase stronger resistance bands and use those instead. This really increased the intensity of my workout.
2. Make sure you insert the nunchuck in the holder face down toward the floor or else your mii positioning will be backwards (ie your mii will be squatting down when you are standing upright)
3. It takes some getting used to positioning the remote and nuncheck in the right way for each exercise so that it can properly evaluate your movements....watching the videos, even if you know how to maintain proper form in the gym, is recommended. Dont get frustrated, the game has been pretty accurate as far as I have seen, you just have to make sure you hold the remotes as they tell you to.
4. Those of you who would like to work out with weights or cords versus bands can incorporate that for certain exercises on your own (the game doesnt say anything about this...this is just what I noticed while working out). Things like shoulder presses, bicep curls and squats with ankle weights would work fine with this game.
I use this game in conjunction with the Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit Plus to get a full and complete workout. The aerobic workouts are better on EA Active. The yoga and strength training and "fun" games are better on Wii Fit Plus, so for me the combo is necessary. But both contain good workout trackers and progress trackers, and both can be used as little or as much as you want. Very flexible programs. I like both the preset and custom workout options on this one. Custom is great when I know exactly what needs rest or what needs to be worked. The preset workouts are perfect for when I just need a good, overall routine, and being able to set difficulty level is great as well.
Wow, I set my heart rate monitor as I always do...I have over 100 workout dvds and I love to compare how many calories I burn. But here's the thing...usually I have to FORCE myself to workout. I wound up having so much fun with this that I wasn't even watching the clock, or the calories I was burning...I didn't want to quit!
Imagine my shock when I did look at the caloric burn and discover it was hundreds of calories more than I usually burn when I do a full circuit workout with top notch trainers!! Now THAT makes this well worth it! In fact, it was OVER what the calories on the screen showed I burned (when someone else in the house tried it out, their caloric burn was exactly what the screen says). Caloric estimations on sports equipment are always estimations...all they can be without reading your heart with a monitor...but I have found in the past that almost all OVERestimate how many calories you have burned. It's nice to see one really try to get it spot on and be conservative. Most people probably do truly burn the amount on the screen.
Better than Wii fit as far as how many calories I burned?! By far! I am small so, bear in mind that anyone larger will burn more calories working out at the same rate I did, but on the first try at the game I burned 200 calories according to my heart rate monitor. The second time 300. And, it should be noted, that doesn't include the calories burned for strength training included on the game. Studies have shown strength training continues to burn calories for 24 hours after you workout while cardio just a few hours...and, it builds muscle which increases metabolism burning more calories even at rest. (I only burned 65 doing Wii fit according to my heart rate monitor for the same amount of time) It takeks a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound so someone larger could easily lose 2 pounds a week or more by playing this game (they would burn more calories if they worked out the same rate I did. I'm 5'3" and weight just 117 pounds.) As for me, I have been losing a pound a week not changing my diet at all and playing it often. For me this helps me keep my weight off if I choose to go have a good restaurant meal and, more importantly, I have gained endless energy, fun and cardio heart health.
Have we, perchance, finally discovered the cure to American Obesity? He He...seriously, you'll learn great FORM so that you do the workout RIGHT so you get maximum results...you'll do cardio which burns instant calories but also do strength training which builds muscle so you continue to burn calories even while at rest (quite the win/win in my idea of a workout)
None of that matters, however, if you don't enjoy what you are doing or can't keep doing it. This, no matter how severe your case of ADD may be, will HOLD YOUR ATTENTION and is more fun than you'd imagine...and that means you keep doing it and that means it works better, for me personally, than any gym membership.
I actually worked out longer, harder, and better, than if I had done anything else. That truly, truly impresses me. But the fact that I felt I'd used muscles I somehow never hit before in other workouts and burned more calories while I had a smile on my face...
(p.s. this household has a workout fanatic and a workout hater and we both give it 5 stars so it reaches the chasm of everything in between!)