I am one of 500 lucky women to be given an EA SPORTS Active to review as part of their June 30-day Challenge.* After seeing the commercials late last month, I was very excited to be part of the program. Even more so, when I heard from my friend, Jennifer James of the Mom Bloggers Club, that she had lost over 25 pounds using it. (Jennifer was the one who got me the opportunity to try out EA SPORTS Active for free.)
So when the box arrived on May 30th, I couldn’t wait to get started.
Easy set up
June 1st came around and even though I woke up before 7 a.m. to get started, I had a full audience – my mother-in-law, my husband and my two children, Nathan and Lucie. Nothing I hate more than working out to an audience.
The kids were fired up thinking that they’d be playing the new Wii game, too. (More on that later.) After I assured my two Wii experts that they’d eventually get their turn, they helped me set up my profile and character. (You can pick your character’s hair, skin color, body type and outfit.)
Then I entered my stats (weight, age and height) and went through a few more menu choices like type of music I wanted, male or female trainer (I chose a gal pal) and level of workout (easy, moderate or hard). I chose moderate, picked the 30-Day Challenge and started working out.
Working out with EA Sports Active
You get a variety of workouts with the 30-Day Challenge – lower body, upper body, fun stuff like boxing or tennis, jogging – and lunges, lunges and more lunges. The only thing is missing are core exercises, but not for long. This holiday season the EA SPORTS Active expansion pack will included curl ups, crunch and punches. Great!
The biggest challenge was making sure I held and moved the Wii remote and nunchuk correctly when I used the arm resistance band. The game features a video for each activity, so you know exactly how to point them. Still, there were times where the game didn’t “see” what I was doing with the nunchuk and I had to repeat my curls over and over again.
I also felt that the moderate level was too easy for me, though my workout buddy thought it was very challenging. So, even though the next day was a rest day (it’s usually two days on and one day off) I worked out doing at the hard level, which I liked better.