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 Post subject: Review: EA Sports Active - More Workouts
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:16 am 
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When I reviewed EA Sports Active last year it was one of the best fitness games available, complementing Wii Fit's fun and balance oriented approach to exercise with a more intense, cardio based workout. Its smart use of the Wiimote and nun-chuck combined with a leg strap and resistance band makes Sports Active a great way to burn calories. However it wasn't perfect. The exercises were a bit repetitive (as were the instructors), with an obsession with lunges and squats, and with dull backdrops such as running around a track rather than Wii Fit's picturesque island. The workouts, while effective, lacked a warmup or cool-down, and the structured set of routines lasted just 30 days.

With EA Sports Active - More Workouts, EA has addressed most of these shortcomings with generally great results. The setting has been spruced up, moving it to a tropical island (shades of Wii Fit's WuHu island there), a more pleasant backdrop than a running track. There are also over 35 new exercises which add variety to the mix and make for a more full-body workout. The obsession with squats and lunges is thankfully gone, replaced by more upper body and abdomenal exercises. They are also more fun, with more games to liven things up, such as an obstacle course along the beach to make your running more enjoyable, and squash to get you doing those lunges. Other games, such as the skateboarding, have been replaced by island based versions like waterskiing. EA have also made better use of the resistance strap, finding new and interesting things to do with it, adding lots of new variations on the muscle exercises by folding, holding, and standing on the band in various new ways. This has two benefits: it makes things more interesting, and is much more effective at working all of your muscles. I've had aches in muscles that I didn't know I owned after doing some of these exercises, which is always a good sign that they are doing some good.

All these new exercises mean that the new six week challenge shouldn't get boring. This is an improvement on the 30 day challenge but I'm still left wondering what to do once I've finished it, I assume EA are not planning to release a new version in the next month and a half. Other fitness games such as My Fitness Coach manage to generate new routines automatically each day, but EA are stuck in the pre-programmed approach, meaning that once they run out you just have to do them again. It also means you are at the whim of the developers as to how long you exercise each day, with the routines varying in length by over 15 minutes. This won't be a problem for many, but for those like me who like to exercise before they go to work in the morning it can make it difficult to fit your workouts into a regular schedule.

Despite these issues, I've found the routines themselves are much better, with proper warm-up and cool-down sessions that take a few minutes, but are worth doing. Warming up your muscles and joints before exercising, especially on these cold winter mornings, is thought to reduce the risk of injury and is highly recommended. The transition between exercises and the instructional videos also seems smoother, although I found the repeated instructions on how how to tuck the nunchuck in the leg strap started to get on my nerves. I also found the trainer much less annoying, with a wider repertoire, and less need to comment all the time. It's a fine balance, but EA seem to have hit the sweet spot this time.

EA Sports Active More Workouts is a definite improvement, I've found the routines more enjoyable and the experience is slicker and better thought out. There are still a few small issues, such as the variation in routine length, and the limited scope of the 6 week challenge, but these are not enough to stop it being the best exercise game on the market if you are after a more serious, calorie burning, approach. More Workouts bodes well for the Sports Active series, and I'm already looking forward to the next version. However, it's difficult to really judge a fitness game on just a few hours of use, so I'm going to try and lose the pounds I've put on over the holiday season by working through the six week challenge. I'll report on my experience and my results in two months time.


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 Post subject: Re: Review: EA Sports Active - More Workouts
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:14 pm 

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Does this require the original to use?


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 Post subject: Re: Review: EA Sports Active - More Workouts
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:44 pm 
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You do need the resistance band and leg strap.

You can buy those as a separate pack, or with EA Sports Active.

Note that More Workouts and the original have different exercises, so you might want to start out with the original and then get More Workouts after a few months. You may be able to get a deal if you buy both. It's probably worth shopping around.

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 Post subject: Re: Review: EA Sports Active - More Workouts
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So, did you stick with it for the six weeks, and how did that turn out?

I think you can set different levels for the six-week challenge, which would hopefully make it a bit different the next time around. And if the day's workout is too long for your time-slot before work, you can un-check a couple of things on the 'clipboard' when the session starts, to make a shorter workout.


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 Post subject: Re: Review: EA Sports Active - More Workouts
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I think that the Wii Fit has a lot of potential. I know when we first got it we like it but it got old fast. I know we have gotten other games that use the balance board. It is nice because I love to play games, and it is great to lose some weight at the same time. It is easy to get caught up in a game and play for hours. I know in 6 months I lost about 15lbs just by playing games on the board.

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 Post subject: Re: Review: EA Sports Active - More Workouts
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EA sports active launched many fitness games last year.But its not too much effective.I think that the Wii Fit has a lot of potential. I know when we first got it we like it but it got old fast. I know we have gotten other games that use the balance board. It is nice because I love to play games, and it is great to lose some weight at the same time.But you just have to notice that you are afforting wii fit or not,that is necessary.


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I swear by WiiFit Plus. I've lost loads of weight. I feel much, much better. I would have been lost without it.

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EA Sports Active Gameplay Designed around the standard Wii Remote/Nunchuck tethered controller configuration, EA Sports Active's interactive fitness program is more focused on physical activities than previous 'fitness' titles for the Wii, but still challenges you to have fun while developing a more healthy lifestyle.


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