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.