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9/12/10 11:14 A

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It depends.

They have done some studies to see if the intensity is appropriate: http://www.easportsactive.com/news.action?
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One of the things you really have to remember about something like EA (or doing workout videos, or any format where someone isn't directly checking up on you) is that the only person who controls the intensity of the workout is you. If you're not careful about your form, or you start cutting corners, so long as the motions still look right to the game it's just going to let you keep going.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that circuit training's ability to function as cardio depends on you continuing through the circuit and not taking breaks for too long between exercises. The first few workouts you do on EA aren't going to be at the intensity of later exercises because you're going to be stopping frequently to watch the videos and figure out how to do the moves so that they're picked up. (Please don't take this as a suggestion that you skip the videos, though. Good form is important to doing exercises like squats and lunges safely.)

Another thing that you should consider is that when new muscles are getting worked, and therefore damaged, the body adds more water to the muscle to help cushion and protect it while it heals. It's not terribly uncommon for people who are starting a workout that's more intense than what they've been doing to GAIN weight in the first several weeks, even if their food intake is well under control, because of this. (This isn't muscle growth either, it's just water in the muscles as part of the healing process.)

All of that said, depending on the intensity with which you've been walking on the treadmill, it's very possible that your total calories burned has dropped by switching to EA. Your total exercise time has probably dropped quite a bit as well, so that even if EA is more intense than what you were doing the total calorie burn would still be a little bit lower. You could always correct for that by adding a day or two of walking back into your week (you could also make your EA sessions longer if you wanted instead).

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8/17/10 12:55 P

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This can be very effective to build better habits and to help tone. I don't think pounds will magically drip I do feel more tone when I do these exercises.


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8/16/10 5:09 P

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Definitely.

Consistency is key to forming habits, and while EA isn't the most demanding workout in the world it does make sure you get moving regularly.

So long as you work at a level that gets you sweaty, keep pushing yourself, and take good care with your food, it should work.

Best of luck.

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6/24/10 4:37 P

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I have found it to be....

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6/23/10 3:27 P

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I lost 30# and all I did was EA active and my fitness coach. I was however a couch potato!! I think if you were working out this will enhance your workout and give you variety! ENJOY!!

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6/20/10 9:16 P

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Thanks for the insights, I think I will try to incorporate both my usual walking and Wii combined. Treadmill can be a little boring so this will help keep me motivated!

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6/20/10 3:30 P

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When I wasn't running yet, my main workout was EA Active. I did one challenge workout a day + 10 mins of step aerobics. I lost about 20kg with just doing EA Active and walking. And of course eating healthy foods :)

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6/19/10 6:46 P

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Absolutely it is effective. I have lost all my weight using only my Wii. To up my weight loss I add a 30 minute run on my wii fit but by just using EA and staying within your calorie range you can lose weight.

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6/19/10 1:08 P

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I don't think there is quite enough cardio on the workout. If you have doing more, you may nneed to suplement the ea with other exercise. Pam

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6/19/10 12:12 P

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Yes and no. I would mix it up by keeping up with some walking and watching the diet. I also add on some extra EA Active workouts like boxing etc for fun.

I am starting to run for fun!!!


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FITLIFE6's Photo FITLIFE6 Posts: 48
6/19/10 11:42 A

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I just started EA personal trainer,I've done 4 workouts with it and really love it! I can see it's going to be great for muscle building especially in the legs!

My question is - is it effective by itself for weight loss? My calories stayed in range this week and I did not do any other workout except EA, and noticed my weight stayed the same..
My usual form of exercise is treadmill walks(45 min/4 days a week) plus upper body strength training(not a lot)


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