EA SPORTS Active 2 just kicked my butt #Easactive

Dec 13, 2010 by

I just did my official first workout with the EA SPORTS Active 2.

With my weight and a right shoulder that never really healed right after a roller blade accident in 2002, I cannot do push ups. 

And at times in an “EASY” full body workout, I thought there were other things I couldn’t do, too.  But alas, I stuck to it and 460 calories and 20-some minutes later, I finished.

There were times I felt like my heart was going to explode, my lunch was going to come up, and the lights were going dark, but I kept going.  My dad said long ago when I was a youth runner, that he’d seen this determination way down deep inside me that when physical challenges like this came my way, out of somewhere I dug down deep and overcame them.

I’ve still got it.

With my asthma, there were times when I felt like I was going to cough up a lung and they were on fire from the burn, but that meant what I was doing was pushing me, pushing me in a way I need to be pushed more often.  My heart rate was up to 160 at some points, but averaged about 125-130 beats per minute.

The running was okay.  The mountain boarding, which I thought was going to be hard like roller blading was in the original version, was actually fun.  For some reason, the lunges have never been hard for me, and the cool down exercises helped slow me down just like they’re supposed to do.

Original vs Active 2

I’ve been involved with EA SPORTS Active for a year and a half now.  Version I was a challenge.  More Workouts was a big improvement.  Active 2 is a whole new product, really.  From the arm bands that monitor heart rate, the leg bands that no longer require the nunchuck, and the vastly improved exercises, Active 2 is a much more robust product than what we were first given to use.  And like you might know, I lost almost 50 pounds using the first version.  If I can stick with Active 2, pounds are going to start falling off me.

If you have a Wii and are looking for a solid exercise program for you, your spouse or the whole family, this is the best thing I have yet to use.

A Note To The Guys

Yeah, it might seem macho to put on airs that a Wii game is only for the girls, but strap the arm band, leg band and a Wiimote in your hand and give it a go.   Oh, and don’t talk too much ahead of time about how wimpy it might seem to be doing this in your living/game room and not at the gym.  I don’t want you having to eat too many words after your butt-kicking workout.

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EA SPORTS Active 2 just SCREAMS of coolness

Nov 29, 2010 by

I just received my EA SPORTS Active 2 from my good friends in Vancouver and just opened the box.  Having been one of the original 30-day challengers and having lost about 48 pounds using the first version, just opening the box is a cool experience.  (When we got the first EA SPORTS Active units in the mail, someone had put a “Cool Sh**” sticker on the box.  This one should have had “Beyond Cool Sh**!”)

EA SPORTS Active 2

I’ve not plugged the product in yet.  I wanted to share the coolness of just having it with you first.

What’s new?  Well, put the Wii Nunchuck back in the cabinet.  Put the leg band one had to previously wear and stop and stuff the handle of the nunchuck in and out of between upper body and lower body workout exercises.  I didn’t mind doing it as most times, it gave me the chance to catch my breath.

What else?  There’s a heart monitor band that goes around your arm just below your elbow.  It’s going to give you a real-time read out of your heart rate so that you can see whether or not you’re really pushing yourself.

There’s also a leg monitor now that’s sending real time data about what you’re doing to the Wii Console.  It’s read via a USB plugin to the Wii Console.

And then there’s a GREEN stretch band.  The old ones were red.  This one smells famously like wintergreen.

Before Using EA SPORTS Active 2

I’m excited.  I’m pumped actually.  And here’s a new cool part of it all.  There’s an online community you can be a part of via the Wii so that when you finish a workout, it sends the data to the EA SPORTS Active Community Cloud and EVERYONE knows whether you were working out and giving it all or not. Talk about accountability.  This means people also will be able to tell if you’re even working out or not.  Now that’s cool because let’s face it, losing weight isn’t easy.  Staying motivated about it isn’t either.  And we all know what happens when we have other life distractions all about us fighting for our time and focus.

EA SPORTS Active NFL Training Camp

This didn’t come today, but Kathryn, I’d love to try it.  It’s a football-based training program that puts users right into the football drills and conditioning workouts of an NFL training camp.  The product was developed in collaboration with NFL strength and conditioning coaches.  This means, like with all EA SPORTS products, it’s as close to the real deal as one can get.

Okay, I’ve got some more work to do today, but I can’t wait to get the new product set up and get going.  I’ll let you know where my data’s posting once I get there. I’ve also got to go see if the apartment complex’s workout center has a scale.  I hope I don’t break it.

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EA SPORTS Active helps me escape to the tropics during the holiday rush #EASActive

Dec 7, 2009 by

It’s that special time of year.  You know, hustling to stores to find gifts for friends and family, getting kids to play practice, getting kids to the play, running kids to their normal range of activities, some important civic projects are underway, and then there’s work and all of its demands, and then I’m playing Santa 12 nights this year in our front yard so local children can come by and express their wishes for the holiday.  I could think of a dozen other things to add to the list and it all comes down to the simple fact—I need to escape; like to the tropics.
 
In April of this year I began a journey to get myself into better shape.  That was going keenly until September when I came down with a intestinal ailment that necessitated putting physical workouts on hold.  But I’m better now and thank goodness, for like I said, I need an escape; like to the tropics.
 
Enter the 6-Week Challenge with EA SPORTS Active’s new “More Workouts,” the souped up version of the product I began using back in April.   And instead of workouts in a pleasant northern park, these new workouts are kicking it and guess where they take me each day to workout.  Answer: to the tropics.
 
From the second you start up the new product, you know this is going to be more intense.  It just has that feel to it.  Then you pick a workout.  There is a new wide array of exercise options—water skiing is one of my favorites, along with the expanded cardio boxing. The obstacle courses are awesome and really get my heart pumping and lungs burning.  (The turtle hops on the course where you have to hop to a different foot as though you were jumping turtle to turtle in the water are an incredible challenge.  Particularly the part where you land and have to stand there on one foot and keep your balance without falling into the ocean.)
 
Of course, I get better and better at each exercise the more of them I do.
 
The step aerobics have been fun, too.  Being a guy, I’ve never set foot in a gym’s aerobics class, so I’ll admit, I was like a lost ball in high grass for the first several minutes of my first circuit.  But then I got my steps together and it was really fun to do.  My daughters did a couple of circuits with me and we all had a great time doing daddy/daughter exercises in the family room.
 
I’m not pushing the loss of weight this go around.  What I’m more focused on is restoring the right habits in my life that got broken because of my illness in the fall.  Some of my friends who saw my birthday pictures recently on Facebook and on my Web site, www.DaddyClaxton.com have said I look much, much skinnier.  There are days when I don’t feel like it, and I was reminded yesterday that I’m on a journey.  There are going to be hills and valleys and turns in the road we don’t expect.  The important thing is to get back up when life’s challenges get you down and keep on plugging.
 
I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to use EA SPORTS Active’s More Workouts.  My escapes to the tropics this winter already have been worth each and every visit.  And thankfully, there still are many more to come. 

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