EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer

Turn Your Wii Into a Workout Machine With This Active Title From EA Sports

What It Is

We all have our excuses for not working out. They usually start off with, “I can’t work out because…” and they often end with, “I don’t have time”, “gym memberships are too expensive”, “my home is too small for workout equipment”, “I’m too busy reviewing video games to workout”. Unfortunately (for us excuse-makers), EA’s Active Personal Trainer answers everyone of those “I cant’s” with a yes-you-can attitude and your own, private personal trainer.

Active Personal Trainer is a collection of cardio and resistance workouts that utilize the Wii’s motion-sensing controllers to encourage you to get up and workout. The workouts include jogging and running in place, squats, lunges, bicep and triceps curls, punching bag exercises and more. In each workout, you hold or attach the Wii-Remote and Nunchuk controller to your body and the on-screen personal trainer instructs, guides and coaches you through the workout.

Why It’s Fun

Active Personal Trainer isn’t supposed to be fun in the traditional sense. It’s intended to get you active and in shape, which it accomplishes through easy-to-follow yet physically challenging exercises. You can customize your workout to emphasize either the cardio or resistance training, target a particular area of your body or take the 30-Day Challenge that changes every day.

Some elements of Active Personal Trainer fit into the traditional definition of fun including the punching bag routines, which are also a great way to deal with your frustrations, and the ability to train with another person.

Who’s Going To Love It

Anyone (adults and kids) who is looking for something to help them get into a regular workout routine will love Active Personal Trainer.

What To Be Aware Of

The game relies on the Wii-Remote and the Nunchuk controllers (either held in your hand or placed in the included leg strap) to communicate with the on-screen trainer. Theoretically, you could fake the exercises by mimicking the movements while sitting down with a bag of chips in your hand. To keep yourself on track, you should accurately weigh yourself at the start of your program and periodically weigh in to enforce the notion that you are only cheating yourself if you don’t strive to execute each move as instructed.

The other issue with only having two motion sensors on your body is that the game has no idea if you are truly getting the proper motion and forms correct. If you can, you might want to have a mirror in the room so you can watch yourself to make sure you are bending and moving properly.

No exercise program will work unless you really commit to it and that includes maintaining a healthy diet. Active Personal Trainer could be a key factor in your successful exercise program or another dust-collecting object in your home. It’s up to you to decide which.

You need the Wii-Remote and Nunchuk controllers for Active Personal Trainer. You can also use the Wii-Balance Board if you have one but it is not required.

The basic game bundle includes the game disc, leg-strap holder for your controller, and resistance band.

Fun Scale

5 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer
Publisher: EA
Rated: Everyone

System: Nintendo Wii
Genre: Sports/Exercise
Players: 1 - 2

SRP: $49.99
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: 2009
Date of Review: March 2010

*Rating determined by the ESRB


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