Under Review: EA SPORTS Active & a Giveaway!!!

EaActiveWe try a lot of product over here in FBG land. And while we review a lot of stuff that we end up loving, rarely do we try something that totally floors us and makes us giggle with glee over its uniqueness, effectiveness and fun quotient. Ladies, today is one of those rare occasions where I’m about to love up on some product so much that you’re going to think that they endorsed this post. (And no, they didn’t. FBG would never do that.)

That’s right. I love EA SPORTS Active for the Wii. I want to move in with it, marry it and then have like 8 million EA SPORTS Active babies with it. Breaking the news to my husband will be hard, but an FBG has to do what an FBG has to do. And EA SPORTS Active is something that I have to do.*

It’s everything that I dreamed the Wii would be when it first came out. And although I love the Wii Fit (despite the fact that Jillian Michael’s game was sooo much of a letdown), this is so much more. It’s like having your very own personal trainer and then having access to hundreds of upper-body, lower-body, cardio and sports exercises. And it’s fun! (If I had reviewed this before our one-year celebration, this baby would have given this a run for the Fitties’ money.)

You start off the game by creating a profile for yourself. You can pick your hair color, outfit, accessories, body shape…all that jazz. You also get to choose whether you want a male or female trainer and what type of music you’d like to listen to. From there, the system, which includes the Wii game, leg strap and resistance band (which you have to annoyingly add the handles to), sets up goals for you and then shows you what the heck to do.

For the exercises, you need your Wii-mote (the cuteness of that word never gets old) and its accompanying nunchuck. For some exercises, you use both the Wii-mote and the nunchuck. For others, you tuck the nunchuckcomfortably in your leg strap and hang on to the Wii-mote. The positioning of these two things help the game to know exactly where you are and how you’re moving as you run, jump, squat, row and punch your way to fitness. Oh, and if you have a Wii Balance Board, you can use that, too.
There are tons of different workouts to choose from, including 20-minute circuits, 50-minute sports-themed sessions and even upper- and lower-body only sections. And if you don’t like any of those, you can customize your own workout. And my goodness are there a lot of options: cardio dancing (like upper-body Dance Dance Revolution, plus fun moves like The Lawn Mower and the Shopping Cart!), tennis, inline skating (a serious thigh burner-outer), running drills, traditional strength exercises with the resistance band, lunges galore, high knees, twists, volleyball, baseball, boxing…the list goes on and on.

And get this…it’s FUN. Like most workouts, your stationary strength exercises aren’t going to get your heart pumping too hard, but the squats, lunges and cardio that are favored in most of the programs do. I worked up quite the sweat in the 20-minute hard-intensity interval workout and was even sore the next day from all the jumping and punching. And, if you’re really looking to be pushed, they have a built-in 30-day challenge for you that is backed by Oprah’s PT Bob Greene.

Not to mention that you’re constantly being rewarded and complimented for your hard work and dedication. As you work out on the system, you earn trophies and each workout is saved so that you can go back in and review your progress and calories burned. I seriously spent hours playing around with these features and taking the game’s fun nutritional surveys and quizzes. And although the music is a tad cheesy, I kinda loved it. It pumped me up, in a goofy sort of way, which is what you need when punching the air with ferocity.

The only negative comments I have about the game have pretty much been addressed by the EA SPORTS people because there are so many ways to customize the game (they deserve a medal, btw). The male trainer is pretty annoying, and although I suggest going with the female trainer entirely, if you do use the guy, there’s an option in the settings to reduce his cuing to a minimum or hush him up entirely. Also, in some of the exercises, especially the strength ones, the pacing is almost painfully and awkwardly slow. As someone who is used to moving on the beat, it’s hard to wait for three counts before doing another backward lunge. However, again in the settings, you can change the intensity to make the trainer speed things up a bit, making the whole exercise more fluid and natural. There are still some odd pauses here or there, but, hey, no one is perfect.

My only other complaint would be that the resistance band is really easy. If you’ve been working out regularly, don’t even bother to use it. Grab a medium or hard one from home (or from Amazon), and get to lifting!

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★ ★ ★ ★
Music: ★★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★1/2

Fit Bottom line: If you already have a Wii and want a fun and entertaining fitness game. BUY IT NOW. And if you don’t have a Wii, consider getting one. I hear this game will add a new version this holiday season, so the fun ain’t stopping here. —Jenn

If you’re dying to try this game yourself, we’re happy to announce that EA SPORTS Active has agreed to give away a copy! Score! To enter, all you have to do is tell us in a comment or in an email to [email protected] by July 2 why you need this game. U.S. residents only, pretty please!

*No marriages were ruined due to this game.



Comments

  1. Moonlight Dancer says

    Does a bear poop in the woods? Heck yeah I'd want one, your description just sold me, sounds awesome!!!

  2. Jess says

    Wow this sounds so awesome! My friend was just telling me last night how he doesn't think Wii Fit has enough cardio, so this sounds like an awesome alternative!

  3. Samantha says

    OMG, I looooooooooooove this game so much!!! I'm currently doing the 30 Day Challenge and am having a blast!

    It really makes me work up a sweat and I feel really good afterward. I do agree 100% about the resistance band. I've been using the standard one included with the game, but I think I might need to switch it out for a shorter band to up the intensity.

    And the running drills are my fav, surprisingly.

  4. Peripatetic says

    That sounds great! I would love this, it would make my apartment workouts so much more fun, and probably more effective, as well.

  5. Robin says

    I would LOVE to have one of these. I am trying so hard to lose weight and keep my workouts new and fresh so I do not get bored. I have lost 10 pounds, but I have 90 more to go!!

  6. Kayla says

    I (and my dh) would so love this! What a fun way to add some more exercise to your day!

  7. Colleen says

    I personally thought Wii Fit was a let down. I've been wanting to try this game since I first saw it. I would love to win this!

  8. esme says

    i love this and i know my boyfriend would be into it as well. hooray for working out together through video games! i would love to win one.

  9. Kimberly says

    I have heard amazing things about the EA Sports Active. I would looove to win one!

  10. kimmitri says

    Thanks for the review! I've been looking for a good review and I'm really glad you guys did one. I would LOVE to win this. I need this game because between working full time and going to school a little over half time – I haven't been able to go to my regular gym. I have started using my dvds and the Wii My Fitness Coach to get workouts in at home. It's fun, but I would love to have this to mix it up and have a new 30 day challenge to try as I have a lot of weight to lose and need to keep things fresh.

  11. mgaltier says

    I would love a copy of this b/c I am always looking for new at-home workouts!

    Thanks for running such a great blog! I discovered FBG a few weeks ago and really, really enjoy reading your articles

  12. Samantha says

    This sounds right up my ally. I've been looking for something fun and different to help increase my motivation and this might be just the ticket. Now if only I could manage to part with $57.00. Or perhaps stand a chance to win one!

  13. Jamie says

    I LOVE the Wii Fit board and the EA sports game seems like a lot of active fun :) I'm working on losing weight and its always fun to find new ways to have fun while doing it!

  14. Nichole says

    This sounds fantastic! I need a copy so I can workout even on the days when I can't get the kids up and out in time to go to the gym.

  15. Catherine says

    I would love to try this game. I really need to attack my bat wing arms and saddle bags.

  16. Samantha says

    This sounds fabulous! It's so rainy in Boston – this sounds like a great way to exercise while staying dry.

  17. Leslie Elizabeth says

    it sounds like a great way to get in a workout. i love my wii, but it would be fun to use it as a way to get in some 'sweaty time' when i can't get to the gym!

  18. Ash says

    I have been disappointed by both wii fit and Jillian's game. I have high hopes that this is the game that makes the wii more than another Mario box :) Plus it would be great to have a fun interactive workout without going to the gym.

  19. Becca says

    I've been secretly coveting this since it came out! I would love to get one, and I need it so I can reclaim our Wii gaming system from the boy gamers that keep using it!

  20. TonyaTW says

    I would love to have a copy of this game… I have been seeing various clips of its capabilities and I have one word "AWESOME"!

  21. Jenna Z says

    Oooh my gosh! I am desperate to try this game, EVERYONE online is doing thei 30 day challenge and blogging about it!

  22. Monica says

    Based on this review, I think I would be totally willing to buy a Wii if I won the EA Sports Active. What a GREAT way to work out and stay out of the Texas heat!

  23. lmyoungs says

    I would love more options for cardio and my husband would love it if it didn't make his Mii pudgy like Wii Fit. He is 6' 2" – 220 lbs & big boned. He looks good in real life but will not use the Wii Fit b/c it makes him pudgy according to his stats.

  24. Nic says

    Hubs & I would love this! We've been contemplating whether or not we should purchase a Wii – winning this game would make the decision for us. :)

  25. Kelly says

    I LOVE my EASA! And I'm starting to get some definite muscle tone from it.

    I did change out the resistance band to one with a little more….resistance.

  26. Georgia says

    Oh my gosh!! I would SO love to win this game! I can't get myself to spend the $90+ for the Wii Fit, but I do have the Wii so it would be awesome if I could win it! It sounds like it's pretty good too. Just want I need! A healthy way to play video games!

  27. E. says

    WAAAAAAAAANT. I see ads for it every time I do an on-demand fitness video through my cable!

  28. Teri K says

    I'm dying to get the EA Sports Active for my Wii…it's soo cool that you're giving one away! My dr (nurse practitioner) even suggested this exact game as a great way to get fit.

  29. Charm City Kim says

    I need it to spark my love of the Wii again! I stood hours in line to buy the Wii and have had a love/hate relationship with it.

    While I loved the Wii Fit – I got bored with it. I need something to shake things up!

  30. Rachel says

    Just yesterday I began debating whether I should continue my gym membership when I only go for spinning classes and unfortunately, am feeling the effects of the economic "crunch" lately. I would love to experience a workout-related "crunch" with EA Sports Active. Whoo!

  31. Becky says

    I'm getting ready to move to another state, so for a while I won't have a gym to go to. I would love to have this program to work out at home!

  32. Christina says

    My Wii is currently sitting in the corner unused. This game will get me and my family back into it and get everyone active!

  33. Jennifer, The Lady Riposter says

    I need this because I'm desperate to get back into shape. I was idle all last school year and now I have far less energy and endurance. It's been really hard to motivate myself to go to a gym or to go out ad run in this 90 degree heat but something I could do in the comfort (and privacy!) of my home would be wonderful and something I could keep with.

  34. Stephanie says

    I'm currently in the June 30 day challenge and have lost 7 lbs! I want to continue to use mine post 30 days to keep goals and good health. I would like to win one for my parents at their house since they see my results and for them to keep their interest with Wii already and to live healthy as well!

  35. chaobell says

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I was using My Fitness Coach before, but was starting to get bored with it. EA Sports Active is a keeper.

    A few minor, minor gripes. The day after I got it I went out and bought a pack of heavier resistance bands because yeah, the included one is weaksauce. You might also want to use gloves if you're not already–especially with heavier bands, the bare nylon strap will rub your hands raw. I'm also seriously considering a wireless Nunchuk, because the cord flapping all over creation gets a little annoying.

    And although I was initially kind of disappointed that it didn't include more core work, apparently there's going to be an expansion pack at some point in the future that will include it, among other neat things like an obstacle course.

    I love the volleyball drills. Most of the fun of volleyball with none of the sand in the eyes or getting smacked in the face with a ball!

  36. denise says

    my wii has been sitting in the corner waiting for a new game like this to come out!

  37. basicallybaked says

    This sounds like an awesome addition to the workout repertoire and it would be great to have around. No excuses for getting bored!! I love that!

  38. Jackie says

    I would love to have this game! My Wii has been sitting there very lonely for a long time now…I think it is ready to ramp back up again! Plus, I'm trying to get into shape for a trip out to Southern CA and this would help tremendously! Thanks for the chance!

    Jackie

  39. Gabrielle says

    I have heard good things about this game and your review just confirmed them. I would LOVE to win it!! Then I could get some mom time on the wii.
    Thanks!

  40. Eliza says

    Why do I need this game?? Because it would be the perfect reason to go out and finally buy the Wii! That, and running in 90+ degree heat sounds gross and doing this indoors sounds much, much better!

  41. sarahdbelle says

    I would LOVE this. I'm trying to incorporate more strength training into my workouts because I tend to be too much of a cardio girl. This sounds like so much fun!

  42. Patricia says

    Heck yeah I want a copy of this! This sounds awesome, and I'd be a fool not to try.

  43. Anonymous says

  44. Kaci says

    fun! I love Wii games! They are so fun and are so much better than just sitting and playing boring old video games! I didn't know if I would like the new EAS Active…but after your review, I REALLY want it!

  45. Stephanie says

    Please Pick Me!!! I'm trying to get my butt in shape for my wedding in May and I need motivation!

  46. Emily says

    I've been eying this game for a while, but cant justify the price tag right now. I'd love to win one!

  47. kristacooks says

    OMG!!! I have been dying for this game! I just bought the wii fit, and while it's amazing, this looks like it has soooo many more options. I just love this for days that my old lady gym is closed when I'm ready for a late night workout!

    LOVE IT!!!!

    THANKS!

    Krista:)

  48. Carolyn G says

    I just got a wii fit and it has informed me I am obese. I really need this EA because I am on a mission to lose weight and get healthier.

  49. MistyZ says

    I really need the EA Sports Active game for the Wii because being an allergy sufferer outdoor exercising is kind of out the question where I live. And damn the heat these days! This sounds like a lot of fun and not the same old hum drum exercise DVDs!!

  50. Diana says

    I just recieved a wii for my birthday. My first game purchase was wii fit. Im totally taken with it and would love to add so much more to my wii. I spied the ea games active on the wii website and have wondered if it was worth getting. Thankz FBG's for letting me know!

  51. jesstyler says

    I was hoping you'd review this game! I've heard good things about it, but wanted to hear from the 'experts' :) I"d love to get this game. I think even my hubby would work out then!

  52. farmwife says

    Ohhh I'd love to have this so I could kick my teenage daughter's rump with it, lol!

  53. Dorie says

    I have been eyeing this since it came out, and I'd LOVE to win one! It would be a fun way to workout with my kids, and so convenient!

  54. Ayanna says

    OKay – so i've realized that after 2 years since i quit smoking i have apparently gained the equivalent of a pack a day! My eleven year old has been begging me to try her Wii fit, but this seems much more up my alley – plus I hate my Wii fit likeness on that thing — so not cute and not thin! Thanks!

  55. Crystal Stubbs says

    I would love to win this game i have heard great things about it and i think it would help me get back on track with my fitness goals.

  56. bluedance says

    I'm trying to get a bit more fit. I'm a dancer, but need a cross-training option (but because of the jarring on the joints running is out of the question). However I'm also a gaming nerd! I'd love to get in shape by the end of the summer. This sounds awesome!

  57. AmyJo says

    oh my goodness. my friend holly has been RAVING about this and I am dying to try it! PICK ME! (:

  58. Charlotte says

    I have been going back and forth about getting this since I have the wii fit.. the 30 day challenge sounds like fun..

  59. Rachel says

    Ooo! What a great time to find your blog :) I'd love one because I'm just starting my fitness/health journey and right now my biggest obstacle is getting to the gym. My boyfriend is entering this weight loss journey with me and we'd both make great use of it!

  60. LJK says

    I have thought about buying this, but I wondered if it just another Wii Fit. Your description sounds awesome. I want it!

  61. Playful Professional says

    I've got the Wii Fit, but I don't think it's a good enough workout. This would be a perfect addition!

  62. Anonymous says

    My absolute favorite thing about it is that it doesn't count your results from the workout unless you finish. So no wussing out on that last set of lunges like you can with just a workout video. (The only downside to this is you can't start a workout and then pick it up later if you are worried about your results being entered in the program.)I already have one so I'm posting anonymous.

  63. Lanie D says

    Awesome, I would love one! Actually I would love to win it for my dad. I have been looking for something like this that would get him motivated to start moving.

  64. Tina says

    I like to call this Wiixericise and I love any and all opportunites to have more excuses to get on my Wii.

    Thanks for the great review!

  65. Kristle says

    I do not like Wii Fit at all and have been wanting to try this game since it came out!

  66. Sharifa says

    I NEEEEEEEEEEEED this game in my life! I am trying to lose weight and with school and work I have no time for a gym. I received a Wii for Christmas but I need to up the intensity from boxing and tennis!

  67. Michelle says

    I really want one! I need something to kick start my workouts, which have really been lagging since I got laid off! Just too depressed about the whole situation to get off by butt!!! But I need to no matter what.

    Love your site it's so informative, cute and honest. Keep it up!

  68. lonetree72 says

    I would love this to use to help me lose pounds for my daughter's wedding. Love your blog!

  69. David says

    I would LOVE to try this program. My Wii fit board has been lying dormant for too long and I'd love to wake it up again!

  70. Just_Kelly says

    I would love to win this! I have a busy schedule and, on days I can't get to the gym, would like to have an option for at home!

  71. MommaofMany says

    Oh, I would LOVE to win this game! I have the WiiFit and love it, but saw the commercial and immediately wanted it. I have eight kids, 13 and under and can't get to a gym. The Wii (and FitTv) have helped me lose 20 pounds so far. WOOT! So pick me, pick me!!!

  72. Jenn says

    The Wii Fit, while great, gets a little dull after a while. I'd love the chance to spice up my Wii workouts with something fun, fresh, and fantastic!

  73. pseudostoops says

    I need this to make up for the bitter, bitter disappointment I felt at the Jillian Michaels Wii game. I haven't really used my Wii for working out since, which is a tragedy.

  74. thenotsoskinnykitchen says

    I have Wii Fit and while we loved it at first, we got bored of it quickly. I have heard nothing but awesome things about the new game and desperately want to try it. I have been struggling to keep a consistent workout schedule, and I think having the game at home would be a great motivator.

  75. Elizabeth says

    ooo, me please! I would love this! I've just moved into a house and had to quite my gym membership 'cause of money and I really need the extra inspiration.

  76. AliKat says

    Why do I need one?
    1. The muffins are spilling over the top.
    2. The chicken legs aren't very meaty.
    3. The six pack hasn't been seen in awhile.

    If life's a picnic – I need some goods in my basket! So give it to me! :)

  77. LeAnn says

    I need this to jumpstart my cardio—walking on my treadmill gets SOOOO boring!

  78. Chocmom says

    I've not tried but have heard some great things about it. I'm doing boot camp right now – with EA Sports, I could save some money each month. WooHOO!! Thanks for the review – I would be glad to try this out and review it for you,. (wink, wink!!)

  79. Sarah says

    I need to win this because it looks awesomely fun and I need motivation to do my cardio even when its raining

  80. Shawny says

    I use my Wii Fit with Balance Board 5 times a week and love it. I have 3 of the games to use with it and this sounds like it would be a great addition to my workouts. I would love to win this.

  81. kristaann says

    I have been tempted to buy this and asked for it for Mothers Day and didnt get it. But no big deal. So it would be great to win it!

  82. katieharris says

    this would be a great at-home supplement to my running and I could take my gym membership fees and donate to charity!

  83. Kristen says

    Work has been keeping me CRAZY busy, and it's been hard to get to the gym. I've been doing some home-based workouts, but this is the one I REALLY want. Especially now!

  84. Jen says

    I want to ramp up my fitness routine and my booty by winning and putting the EA Active into some serious use!

    I already envision my EA Wii-made svelte body looking like Angelina Jolie's a la Tomb Raider. Leg band….gun holster….same difference. Kicking butt is fun!

  85. janetfaye says

    I have a new Wii and I would love to win this game to help me get active.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com