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Today, in an effort to draw attention to its EA SPORTS Active line of fitness titles, EA sent out word of a “scientific study” that claims it “proves [the] efficacy of EA SPORTS Active digital fitness programs.”

The study, which was commissioned by EA, was carried out by University of Wisconsin’s Dr. John Porcari. Dr. Porcari tested sixteen “physically active adults between the ages of 25 and 45 to determine the relative exercise intensity and caloric expenditure of two pre-set EA SPORTS Active workouts: Afterburner and Legs & Lungs.”

Both the Afterburner and the Legs & Lungs workouts were found to meet the American College of Sports Medicine’s “guidelines for effective physical fitness.” This lead EA to conclude that “the results indicated that EA SPORTS Active can improve aerobic capacity and favorably affect body composition when used on a regular basis as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.”

It is important to note that currently EA has two EA SPORTS Active titles on the market: EA SPORTS Active and EA SPORTS Active: More Workouts, both of which are on the Wii. EA also has EA SPORTS Active 2 scheduled to hit the PlayStation 3, Wii, iPhone and iPod touch this fall. Active 2 also features a wireless control system that uses “new leg and arm straps with motion sensors and a heart rate monitor.”

What do you guys think of this study? I mean, obviously any sort of physical activity is going to be beneficial rather than no activity at all. The real question is, is this an efficient way to exercise?


  1. Anything’s more efficient than Wii-Fit!

  2. Normally I’m suspicious of corporate-sponsored studies, but I’ll buy this one. The study, not the game.

    @Chris: I don’t think Wii Fit is as much an exercise game as it is a game that makes you exercise. Or something like that. I’d have to ask the developer what they were trying to do.

  3. avatar Anon

    Masturbation is more effective

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