I started the EA Sports Active 30-Day Challenge today. I told the Soapbox readers I would complete it and let them know along the way my thoughts on it. Here are my first impressions.
The interface isn't as hokey as Nintendo's Wii Fit. That's nice. It seems to do a pretty good job of tracking my usage but that isn't all that impressive. So far my experience with the hardware hasn't been stellar. The resistance band is kind of a joke but I only did one knot on it (I have to put it together? Lame). The leg strap is of good-quality but it slips off easily in the work-out. You really have to have it up on your leg and tight otherwise you'll be pausing a lot to retighten it. The band is also not long enough if you're wearing baggy clothes at all.
The program itself is a pretty good. The cardio is pretty strenous but that might be more a product of my habits. The exercises are varied and allow you to work up a sweat by the time you're done with each one. The strength building is no good but I blame it on the crappy resistence band. If you can spend an extra ten bucks you should definitly go get one from like Sports Authority or something.
All in all it was a good workout but nothing that I can see so far leads me to believe it is sufficient for accomplishing too many health and exercise goals. A 20 minute run would help and a way to input your food intake would be nice (It may have this but I didn't see it anywhere.).
Check back often as I'll post throughout the next 30 days. Also be sure to look at my Soapbox blog and vote for me for Gamespotter of the Year!