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geeksugar's 30 Day EA Sports Active Challenge 2009-06-24 14:00:26

EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge: Week Three

It's hard to believe I'm already in the throws of week three of the EA Sports Active challenge. I learned a lot after last week's trials and tribulations, so I decided to step it up a bit this week.

I took to Target and purchased a fancy resistance band that included handles and all, and as backup, I also got a box of three bands offering different resistances. I got all excited to take my upper body exercises to the next level, but as soon as it got to bicep curls with upright rows, there was zero communication between the Wii and my movements. What had I done? I was still holding the Wiimote and nunchuck in the same position.

After many attempts and putting new batteries in the Wiimote (by this time I was halfway through my workout and was getting really frustrated), I decided to take the basic band I purchased and put it on the black handles which were included in the workout — so it looked exactly like the red one except with a stronger resistance band. Bingo, that seemed to work just fine. But now that I'm catching on to the exercises fairly quickly, I am easily irritated when the game tells me I'm moving too fast and it won't pick up a signal with my Wiimote. Has anyone else had this happen? The Wii sensor was on the top of my TV, so I even tried moving it down to see if that would help.


To keep reading about my experience with the Challenge this past week, just


I can't say I feel like the pounds are shedding off, but I do feel stronger and my muscles feel tighter. Since there's a bit of a delay between each exercise, I try to use that opportunity to run longer, or do more reps of each exercise. I've started ignoring the calorie counter since it still goes up when I'm not doing anything (like having Wii sensor issues). I can say, it's one of the few at-home fitness regimens I don't dread doing.

Wondering how the Green Pixels group is doing this week? Check out their progress!

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glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
Mine keeps telling me I'm moving too fast. I'm only on Week 1 since I just got the game, but I've lost a couple pounds so far, even after having a slice of the key lime pie I made last night. ;)
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
Im enjoying the work out so far but to be honest ive skipped some work outs and when you look at the calendar and see five rests days it makes you really disappointed in yourself. I haven't lost a pound, nothing fits differently but i do feel stronger. as for the annoying delays of the game they drive me insane! sometimes i get the whole hold still and point remote bla bla crap sometimes i dont i have no clue wut goes wrong... i do really enjoy the game and i love making up my own work outs like dance work out and tennis work outs lol
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
funny I was having problems with the bicep curls and upright rows too!! I had done them before on previous days and had no problems for some reason the past two days the thing kept telling me to lower my arms. Really frustrating! Also, the inline skating every time I jump when it says it doesn't give me the point!!! I get frustrated and put skip this exercise. when I tried using one of my other resistance bands with hands it felt too weird while trying to hold onto the remote and nunchuck so I just use the one it came with. What I do love is that if I don't do the workouts on the days scheduled on the calender I feel so bad and lazy. Soooo it makes me workout. I didn't pay $60 for nothing.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 8 years
I use regular resistance bands with mine with thick handles. If you hold the wii remote flat against the handle, with the front facing the tv and your thumb in between the A and 1 you shouldn't have a problem any more. I was getting extremely frustrated until I really watch hand position and haven't had a problem since.
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has weighed in on this. I just ordered both a Wii and the EAS hoping it would motivate me better to stay active while I'm studying... I'm glad people have had such good results. I'm excited to start!
theonlyjess theonlyjess 8 years
I tried using 8 pound weights instead of the bands, and the program had difficulty catching on... sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't work... The lunges are brilliant though!!
PrplPeach78 PrplPeach78 8 years
I am almost done with my 30 day challenge and I have dropped a size. The game can be super frustrating at times. I also try going faster cause at this point I know the moves by heart but the game doesn't like you going faster. I think it wants you to go only at it's pace which seems a bit slow sometimes. I have also noticed that some lunges will take awhile and then it will speed up. Maybe it is me moving the remote a certain way. I yell at it a lot. :) We tried switching out the resistance band but found it to be too tight to do some of the moves and we just put the red band back on. I have been using some small weights. It works fine for me.
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