Touted as a \"personal trainer in a box,\" EA SPORTS ACTIVE is a compilation of more than 30 different physical fitness activities that can be combined in different ways to provide you with varied daily workouts. Joining you on your quest for fitness is your own virtual personal trainer (either female or male -- your choice), who both instructs and encourages you as you exercise. Also helping to motivate you is fitness guru Bob Greene of Oprah fame. The activities focus on three areas: cardio fitness (running, walking, high steps, and kick-ups modules), sports activities (tennis, boxing, dance, volleyball, basketball, inline skating, and baseball), and upper and lower body muscle training (lunges, bicep curls, squats, etc). For the latter, the game comes bundled with a resistance band and a special thigh strap to hold the nunchuk control. Some of these exercises can also incorporate the use of the Wii balance board, but it is not mandatory.
The game comes with a 30 Day Challenge of preset workouts which can be explored on three levels of intensity. Or you can select your daily workout from the over 60 preset workouts created by fitness experts. There is also an option to create your own workout by dragging and dropping exercises into a timeline. Families can even workout together because the preset or custom workouts can be explored by two players, each with their own personal trainer on the screen at the same time. This two-player option requires the purchase of an EA Sports Accessory Pack (for $20), which includes an extra resistance band and thigh strap.