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I decided to buy the EA Active More Workouts after I had completed the EA Active challenge, and wanted to challenge myself a little more.
The EA Active More Workouts follows on from them original game and supplements it by giving 35 new exercises which include more resistance band exercises, Boxing using both legs and arms and even a Step Class which a particularly like. It uses the leg strap and resistance bands that come with the first game so you do need to have had this first. The More Workouts also uses the Wii Balance Board for the total body workout sections and the step classes.
The game is priced around £7 at the moment from play.com and Amazon so is great value for money for the game you get. As mentioned you get 35 new routines and a new 6 Week Challenge. Your PT stays the same as you pick on the original game - but you can change if you wish. You can also design an avatar that represents you in the game. There are new places to work out in such as a beach resort and new music to accompany the workouts.
The graphics are the same quality as EA Active1 which leaves a little to be desired. It's pretty basic and the avatars do not look right. Really as it is a more serious 'game' designed to really make you exercise them to be fair you don't really needed high def realistic graphics as your too busy following instructions to notice but I feel these could have been improved. Also needing improvement is the music. It is too bland for me and I have started lowering the sound and sticking on my ipod instead. The music is well suited to the routines and set at the right tempo but just gets too repetitive.
The game is easy to install and navigate with clear menus that take you through each step. The game also plays well and there isn't too much stopping and starting and each routine follows on without you having to mess around. The exercises are explained and demonstrated with a video so you know who to the exercise perfectly. As you perform a class or exercise your PT lets you know how you're doing as we.
There a 3 'levels' - easy, intermediate and hard. I found the easy too slow but the intermediate will get your blood pumping and I haven't managed to get through a full routine in hard it really fast.
My favourite new routine is the Step Class. You have 3 sections of 10 minutes each and again you can pick which level you want. The first few time I did a full class on intermediate my legs killed me the next day so I really knew it had give me a good workout. And this was just from stepping on and off the balance board which isn't high at all. So I decided I would increase the height of the board to work me even harder and bought the Mel B Balance Board riser. I used this for the 30 minute step class and only managed 10 minutes the first time. I was sweating and out of breath. I have managed to build myself and can now do the full 30 minutes but I can tell you it really gives you a workout!
I bought the original version of this game and I was impressed so I bought more workouts to get a greater variety. You need to own the original game in which you get the tension band and leg strap, or you can purchase these separately from Amazon, I bought and extra set to enable me to play two player they cost about £12.
This game follows on from the first one, you can undertake a six week challenge or choose your own workouts. If you are playing alone it's better to follow the six week workout as it is more motivating. You choose a personal trainer either male or female and they guide you through the exercises. The game is based on a beach. If you already have the first game then this version will transfer the data such as weight and height from the original game. Likewise if you go back to the first game the data is taken back across.
There is a new warm up and cool down section to make sure that you warm up correctly and stretch out afterwards to avoid aches and injury. There are different sections to the workout, you can choose from a full body workout which comprises of upper body for which you use the tension band to carry out crunches and upright rows etc, and then the lower body which comprises of the usual lunges and squats. There is also a section for the abs which detects your movements based on where the wii remote is held and the nunchuck which is placed in the leg strap for most of the excercises. The best section is the cardio, this has circuits, squash, volleyball and my favourite step aerobics to name a few.
As with the first game there is a profile where you can add on any other excercises you have undertaken during the day, it includes things like cleaning the car, housework and gardening. You can also input the duration you undertook each activity for. The game then calculates how healthy you were that day, along with how many calories you have burned based on your height and weight. You need to make sure you keep your weight up to date if you are on a diet to get the best results.
The best part of this game is playing two player, for this you need two leg straps and tension bands. The screen is split in two and you work together to achieve your goals. You can customise your work out (this can be done in single player mode too) you can chose the intensity of your workout, from moderate to hard the harder you work the more calories you burn. The game also tells you what part of your body is getting a workout and the percentage.
This is a fantastic game, I find it quite challenging particularly the step aerobics, it's not for the hardcore fitness fanatics but it's great for people who don't like the gym and prefer to take things at their own pace. Each excercise has a tutorial video which you can refer to at any point to make sure your getting the moves right.
-What is it?-
EA sports active more workouts, is the second game from ea sports active for wii. It is a fitness and exercise game.
-What does it cost-
It cost me £8 from amazon, and this seems to be the average price, which is good value for a wii game.
-What do you need to use it?-
You need a wii, a wii remote and nunchuck, a leg strap to hold the nunchuck while your squat, run and waterskii, resistance bands, and a wii fit if you wish.
-What does the game come with-
The game DOES NOT come with leg strap or resistance bands like the original ea sports did. You either have to buy seperately, or make your own strap and buy a band from any fitness/sports shop.
I made my own strap using two headbands and a little organza bag, as reports suggest ea sports accessories are bad quality. Mine works perfectly. And I bought some resistance bands and handles online.
-What is it like-
You need to create a profile before you start, it weighs you if you have a wii fit, or you add your own weight. Then you can either choose a pre made workout, make your own, or use the 6 week challenge.
-What is the 6 week challenge-
This for me was the attraction to the game. It is a challenge that allows you to start with practically no fitness at all, and work through around 4 workouts a week, for six weeks to build up your fitness. Then you can change to medium level and start again.
It is also customizable, it shows you a list of all the exercises for that day, you can uncheck ones you can't do - for example I can't do anything that involves kneeling, due to a leg injury, so I uncheck anything that involves getting on the floor - including crunches and push ups.
-What are the work-outs like?-
I started on easy, as I am very overweight. They are not too hard for me, and I am considered obese. You do resistance training like lateral raises, squats, then some cardio like sprinting, follow the leader etc, which incorporate squatting, jumping, rowing etc. You can play water skiing, paddle rowing and boxing.
Then you fill in the tracker which asks questions about your eating habits, how motivated you feel and how much you are enjoying your workouts.
There is only 1 warm up and 1 warm down routine. So this gets boring. Also you can't use the wii board for very many games, only water skiing, paddle surfing, and one boxing routine.
Also sometimes it doesn't recognize your movements - like in squash, or in some lunges. It is also VERY annoying as the trainer repeats the same thing over and over again.
Also for weight loss, I would say there isn't enough cardio. I add 1 serious cardio workout extra a week, on top of the 6 week challenge, using a custom routine.
There seems to be a good amount of different exercises and it introduces them to you slowly but surely.
And it does help weight loss. This month I have lost a stone! If you follow the 6 week challenge, I think it can help you get fitter and lose weight, but add some extra cardio if weight loss is important to you. I found I'm not bored of it, as each workout is different, even 3 weeks later!
EA sports active is a game aimed at helping you loose weight and tone up through following the interactive exercises on the game. Don't worry if you did not own the previous one you do do not need it to be able to enjoy this one and in my opinion this one is much better then the original with more to do. You can buy the leg strap and resistance band seperatley from online stores at various prices as they don't seem to sell them with this version of the game probably a clever way of making you think you need the original game to.
In order to play the game you will need to wii remote and nunchuck and I would recommend you get a leg strap as although the game will work with the nunchuck it won't always be as accurate in the positioning. You also need a resistance band not essential put will help in making your workout a little more challenging.
When you first begin this game you have the option to either import your data from the previous game or create a new pofile (hence not needing to have owned the previous version) you enter your gender, age, height and weight (this can be done manually or with the use of wii fit board) and away you go.
6 week challenge
Here you pick 4 days a week which are going to aim to work out on you highlight them and then pick the intensity you want your work out to be easy, medium or hard the 6 week workout is made up of 24 different workout routines ranging from 18-45 minutes long so they can be easily slotted in your day. Exercises include lunges, jumps, push ups, squats, running, sit-ups, shoulder presses to name but a few and there are extra game style workouts in the form of squash, water-skiing and obstacle courses which are added to every workout for a bit of variety. Each workout has a warm up and cool down session and you are shown all exercises you are to do that day before you begin with the option of removing them if you don't like a certain move.
Here it is recorded when you complete your EA active workout and you can also add other exercises you have done to burn of calories that day.
You also enter your nutritional information such as how many pieces of fruit and veg you have had haow many fizzy drinks etc don't worry its not a full on food diary! Your information is then stored here and once a week you are weighed or have the option to input your weight to monitor your progress.
Preset and custom workout
Here you have the added option of working out on your own or with a friend a nice added extra. Under preset workouts you can choose a variety of workouts to do including step aerobics, stretching, cardio, 10 minute workouts to name but a few. Under custom workout you can create your own workout from the list of exercises available this is a good option when pushed for time as you can set up a routine which is right for you.
The good bits...............
It is more fun than the last game more to do and after completeing the 6 week workout for 3 weeks I had lost 5ib though I had been on a diet to so that probably had something to do with it as well, though my legs did feel more toned from the squats. Graphics are simple yet effective for the game you create your version of you and the character moves to match your moves. Being able to make your own workout to suit you is great and being able to play with friends.
The bad bits........
This game does not always respond when you are doing squats and arm raises and I find myself scraming at the tv 'I am doing it like that!!!!!' lol you then have to keep messing until it picks up your move suppose on the upside your getting an extra workout. I have not yet completed the 6 week challenge as it does not hold my interest for longer than a bout 3 weeks at a time but thats down to being no bothered more than anything else i think, i have fads on exercise do it all the time or don't bother at all lol. The leg strap also annoys me especially on the running part found I have to wear my short shorts so the leg strap is actually touching my leg in order to avoid it slippin round my ankle half way through a workout.
Overall I will give this a 3 it is effective if you keep at it but it has something missing to keep me coming back perhaps better music may help.
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This is an add-on game to "EA Sports active: Personal Trainer", as it does not come with the resistance band or leg strap. I have reviewed the prequel and I suggest you read that review before continuing this one, as this will add to it. The game can be played without the strap and band, however, your movements can be tracked more accurately with them, and they make the exercises more effective. "More Workouts", contains a huge variety of new exercies (as the name suggests), this time set in tropical beach paradise.
Firstly, you can import your fitness profile from the first game so don't have to fuss around with inputting your height and weight again. This means after you quickly create your character, you're ready to start burning some calories.
Very similar to the first game in style and with all the same content, but with more features and everything seems more polished. The same style diary, but this time around you can see all statistics, and see them in graphs to see your performance over time. The trophies are back and now more challenging, as opposed to just swinging the tennis racket 200 times (which isn't really a challenge).
As for the exercises, it has brought some exercises forward from the prequel (squats, lunges, boxing, running etc) but now they've been polished and they are a lot better than before. For example, you now run against other computer characters and have to sprint to overtake them.
It also brings in a whole host of new and different exercises, such as rafting, squash, obstacle course etc. Many of these mix several exercises together, such as the obstacle course involves running to different exercise station, which makes for a more fluid and all round workout. It now also has workouts focusing on the core muscles (abs and stomach), as well as upper body, lower body and cardio. The game now also instructs the player to do warm up and cool down stretches to avoid injury.
Overall, much better than it's prequel, but does not entirely replace "EA Sports active: Personal Trainer". You really need the leg strap and resistance band from it, and many of the exercises are still fun and useful from the first such as tennis, volley ball and dancing. I suggest using them both in tandem for a more varied and balanced workout for the best results!