Dec 12, 2010Love the new workouts, however; 2 complaints. Leg strap doesn't seem to register movement in squats and lunges and you lose connection with Wii Remote and Wii balance board several times during a workout. Sometimes in the middle of an exercise! Any suggestions fellow gamers?
Feb 9, 2011EA Sports Active 2 for the Wii is the gold standard for an exercise program, and it blows the Wii Fit franchise out of the competition.
Here is why: 1) Active 2 pretty much frees you from holding the Wii remote, except for certain exercises where it is logical and needed. The result: Freedom. You can use hand weights instead of the flimsy exercise bands and the Active 2 even shows youEA Sports Active 2 for the Wii is the gold standard for an exercise program, and it blows the Wii Fit franchise out of the competition.
Here is why:
1) Active 2 pretty much frees you from holding the Wii remote, except for certain exercises where it is logical and needed. The result: Freedom. You can use hand weights instead of the flimsy exercise bands and the Active 2 even shows you working out with weights. Fantastic. No more nunchuck tangles and exercise-cord limitations. The Wii remote is still used for hand movements like basketball shooting, and that's fine.
I have two sets of hand weights I use for the weight routines, 5 pounds and 8 pounds. It depends on the exercise. But now I can get the workout out I want and not be limited by the bands.
2) The heart rate monitor is an incredible achievement, on the par with the Wii balance board (which, by the way, I don't bother using with Active 2). You get incredible feedback when you see your heart rate rising from 65 (resting) to 150+ during the harder cardio exercises.
3) Active 2 now offers more complete exercise routines, with more logical warm-ups and cool-downs focusing on stretching.
4) Active 2 incorporates more traditional on-the-floor exercises, such as push-ups and leg lifts, that the original skipped. That captures some of the most-needed content of Wii Fit.
5) The music and presentation are a nice step up from the original Active.
The one negative is that the programmed weeks-long workouts require you to choose the days of the week you will exercise, and it is inflexible. Sorry, but in real life we need to skip a day here and there and catch up a day early, here and there. (But you can still do trainer generated workouts outside the structured program, at least.)
I am pretty amazed by Active 2. The heart-rate monitor is a fantastic advance, and the exercises are a lot more sophisticated and well structured.
This program will motivate you.… Collapse
Awards & Rankings
#20 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
#34 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010
Official Nintendo Magazine UKMar 6, 2011Fun, but if you're not obsessed with your heart rate, the original's similar - and cheaper. [Jan 2011, p.78]
Jan 11, 2011Despite many new entries into the fitness genre, EA Active remains above its competition. EA Active 2 brings a host of new exercises to the mix, great new motion accessories that are more accurate, a very welcome heart rate monitor and robust online integration. The only drawback I find is that versions on other consoles take better advantage of newer motion technologies.