Review: EA Sports Active Personal Trainer for Wii

I like exercising with the Wii Console with Mario Kart Wii Bundle – Black.  It’s an easy way for me to get in a workout without having to pay for a membership, feel compelled to buy exercise outfits (although I did learn by trial and error that I must wear a sports brassiere while running, heeee), and save money on gas since the nearest gym is 16 miles away from where I live.

I am starting to feel better since I’ve been on the GAPS diet.  I’ve lost weight and have started to actually have some energy so I thought I’d take a look at some of the exercise games that go with Wii.  I decided to give EA Sports Active a try.

This game allows you to pick your personal trainer, which can be a man or a woman.  Next you choose your workout and there are many to choose from.  You can select easy levels, which actually aren’t that easy.  The game estimates how many calories you are expending based on the data you enter on your particular body (height, weight) and how long you exercise.

I was also very pleased to learn that you can customize a workout.  Because of this feature, I was able to customize a workout for Big A since he has a hard time with exercise due to his low muscle tone (a characteristic of Down Syndrome).  I wanted him to feel as if he had “won” the game so we made the workout easy to achieve.  He especially liked the encouraging comments from the woman trainer he selected.

I am going through the 30 Day Challenge but I have also created a customized workout to do in addition to the 30 Day Challenge which includes dancing and boxing!  I love the boxing exercises!  :-)

One reason I chose EA Sports Active is because you don’t have to use the balance board.  I don’t have one, and I’d rather try it before spending the money on it. I have a friend who has promised to let me borrow hers, I’ll let you know when I learn more about it.

I’m really enjoying this game and there is a large variety of workouts to choose from so I feel like I will get my money’s worth.  The cost for a new game is fifty bucks or you might be able to find a used version for less.  I bought a used version, which included the Nunchuck holder and exercise strap for $26.  If I’m able to use the game to exercise for six months without getting bored, that’s only $4 a month (plus the electricity costs).

Do you have a Wii console? Have you tried this Wii game?

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7 comments to Review: EA Sports Active Personal Trainer for Wii

  • I have EA Active and the EA Active More Workouts. I started the 30 Day Challenge and never finished it. Something messed up with a workout not tracking and I got frustrated and stopped. I should get back to it though. I also belong to the gym but find the circuit can be repetitive and if people are just randomly using the weight machines it messes things up. Glad to hear you and your son are enjoying the game!

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    @Jenn @ Paying Myself, that sucks! I would be frustrated, too. I used a gym years ago but never really liked the atmosphere. Now we live too far away for it to be worthwhile to have a membership. Another reason I love using the Wii.

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  • i bought myself a copy as a reward for hitting one of my weight loss goals last year. unfortunately, i’ve been disappointed with it. it can’t really match up to the intensity levels i like, and we’ve had some wiimote issues. so i’ve had 6 days left of the 30 day challenge for about 6 months *shrug*

    i’m glad it works for you though :)

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    @michelle, you must be rock solid! I visited some friends a few days ago and the husband asked me wasn’t the workout hard on low and I started laughing because that was my experience, too! I had a bad patch with fatigue again and have not been able to continue the challenge but I am sorry to hear that you also had a problem with the workout not tracking. I hope to pick it up again soon though. Fun way to keep moving!

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    michelle Reply:

    @Mrs. Accountability, lol not rock solid; i just adjusted easily. i’m still kinda roly poly, but what muscle i do have remembers too much ;) it was definitely more fun/challenging building my own workouts (pre-tracking issues)

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    @michelle, oh okay. LOL. So I did a little research and found there is an issue out there for some folks, this thread was started in March 2008 and has comments through to August 2010. I also found an email address for someone at EA, maybe they can help: easactive@ea.com

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