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Leg strap is.....
So far it is not as compelling or as fun as I would've hoped. The leg strap won't stay put and the nunchuck has to be pointed at the receiver or it won't see that you are doing anything. The pocket that holds the nunchuck is very tight so at times it is difficult to put it back in properly before the trainer is telling you how terrible you are doing. Soooo....I am not impressed.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned
Must have Heavier Bands & Wireless Nunchuck
The Pro's: The concept is very good. There's a wide variety of activities to keep you interested. Every day of the 30 day Challenge is different which is good. Most other workouts are exactly the same, over and over and over, But, EA Active does a nice job of mixing it up. That makes it more fun. The Con's: The Red Band that comes with the Game is completely useless. It doesn't even offer a half a pound of resistance. Also you can't do many of the moves with the wire that connects the nunchuck to the controller. It's just too short and it's constantly in the way. So, the first thing you need to do if you are considering this game is to buy a wireless nunchuck and get some stronger bands. A variety of different strength bands will work best, (a light, a medium, and a strong). If you buy the wireless nunchuck and some better bands, it works great. It's a great Product, but you need to upgrade the accessories. It's a must.Read full review
EA Sports Active
So long as you know what you're getting out of this, it's a pretty solid Wii title. It's by no means any sort of a cardio or workout replacement, but it's a nice direction towards a Wii title that may one day get closer to that goal. If you take a glance around at other reviews, you'll find that one complaint is the resistance band. It's not a lie -- this thing is an absolute joke. You'll do yourself a great favor if you go and hunt down a set of real resistance bands. Other than that, most activities are simplistic, but get the job done. The breakdown for upper body/lower body/cardio activities is nicely done. I wasn't the greatest fan of the leg strap, but it works. The integration of the Wii Balance Board is a nice plus, but it's pretty minimal all considered -- you're not missing much if you don't have it. You can complete activities with a partner, and this part is fairly well done. It would have been nice to see better depth in the "sports" activities, but for a stand-alone title that might have been too much to ask. Tennis, basketball, and baseball are in many ways executed in an even less enticing fashion than Wii Sports -- characterized by repetitive actions that minimally make things slightly more interesting. For those that really want to work out, hitting up the gym or going and doing real cardio exercise (or investing in ... say, an erg) would be far more useful. For a "game" however, this is probably about the best you're going to get in the short term.Read full review
EA Sports Active for Wii 2009
This is a great workout aid for those who like or need to stay inside. It's a bit confusing and you need to make sure you have fresh batteries if you use the balance board with it. At least I hope it was the batteries that made it not register all movements. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of exercises using the balance board. It's a little disappointing that there aren't more. Overall, it really nice addition to a workout routine to add variety. I did notice that the cord between the numchuk and controller got in the way a bit on some exercises, which was rather annoying. I'm thinking of getting the expansion pack & the brand new Active 2 for extra variety. Between the three of them and the Wii Fit Plus, I'll have a wide variety of exercises to enjoy. This particular set is nice but I don't think it's the "end all, be all" for working out.Read full review
Pretty great, with minor drawbacks
I bought this so I could work out, and I've been really happy with it. There are only two problems. First, sometimes the game doesn't register that you've completed a rep and it won't continue. It's kind of annoying but there's an option to skip the exercise and move on. I just do the reps on my own and move on. Also, the resistance band you get is a complete waste. Mine broke the 2nd day. I replaced it with a $10 resistance band from the store, so it's not that big of a deal. That's the bad news. Here's the good news. I like that the trainer is constantly giving you positive feedback. You could think of it as cheesy, but I find it motivating. You can customize your work out intensity in to 3 levels, so you can find the right fit. You can choose the 30-day workout option which automatically builds your workouts, you can pick from a set of something like 20 workouts that target different things (like sports-related cardio, lower body strength, etc.), or you can completely make your own workout. With all the customization I can pretty much get the work out I want. I'm really happy with the whole thing and would recommend it to anyone.Read full review