Monday, May 25, 2009

Review: EA Sports Active Personal Trainer for Wii

I have been an active woman today! I decided to go to the gym for a run even though I ran yesterday because... well, because I could! My daughter is with her father for the weekend, so I figured that I should take advantage of my personal time and get in some extra activity.

So I went to the gym for a 2 mile run and then came home to try out the Wii EA Sports Active Personal trainer. I chose the 30 Day Challenge option at the Intermediate level, and I was off!

My first impression was that I like the interface, with my character representation in the middle of the screen and the trainer in the lower right hand corner.

I started with a walk/run warm-up which was actually quite fun and got my heart rate up a bit.

Squats and lunges were next, and they were good with a nice hold in each position before the next rep.

Cardio boxing with targets was a blast, and is probably my favorite so far... which should be no surprise to anyone who has read my previous posts about my infatuation with the Gold's Gym Cardio Workout.

I did not get much from the bicep curls or the bent rows because the resistance band is just too loose for me. I tried doubling it over, but I am almost 6 feet tall and then it did not stretch far enough. So I am going to look for a new one that offers more resistance, and that will enhance the effectiveness of the exercises.

My least favorite segment was the inline skating. Maybe my timing was off, or maybe I did not understand exactly when to jump, but I did not do well. The second time I did the activity was better, but I still did not care for it very much.

I liked the shoulder raises, and actually felt them a bit as I neared the end of the set. That was an effective move for me.

I finished up with the run/walk cool-down, and the whole workout lasted about 21 minutes. According to my GoWear Fit, I burned just over 200 calories which is great for what felt like a lot of fun!

I think this program is going to be a great addition to my routine, and I am going to stick with it through the 30 Day Challenge. I'll give intermediate and final reviews as I progress.

I hope you are all enjoying your Memorial Day holiday (if you are in the U.S... and if not, I hope you are having a great day anyway!). A big thanks from my household to the men and women who work to keep us free and safe in this country and around the world.


The Daily Mel said...

Thanks for the great review, Nicole! I picked one of these up a few days ago as well. I've not had a chance to try it though because my knee injury has been acting up again. :( I can't wait to try it!!

MochaTrina said...

I started the 30 day challenge Friday. The next day my legs were so sore, I think from the lunges and and squats. I am glad I made this purchase and I feel I got my monies worth. And I too enjoyed the boxing portion.

Scale Junkie said...

Thanks for a great review! My copy is still sitting unopened on the coffee table. I plan on giving it a go this week if I can get that leg band thingy to stay up.

You're doing so great with everything, exercise, weight loss, living right...a true inspiration. Thank you!