Day 1 of the EA 30 Day Challenge, was literally a nightmare for me. Each challenge for 30 days includes a 20 minute workout. I don't think I have worked out for 20 consecutive minutes in over 3 years. Before the workout began, I got to put together my own personal little avatar, that would mimic all my moves on the screen. After putting a Wii Mii together to my liking, I then chose if I wanted a male or female workout trainer. I chose a female.
After that I chose the intensity of my workout (low). There are 3 levels, low, medium, and high intensity workouts. If you are new to working out, and are a little rusty, I suggest a low intensity workout.
The first day workouts were all really fun, and I actually worked up quite a sweat. I started off with some simple walking, which progressed into about a minute of jogging. The controls worked flawlessly, and I was surprised that my avatar stopped walking, when I stopped walking.
The screen will let you know when you are keeping up a perfect pace, or going too slow.
After a quick warm up of running and walking, I was then launched into squats. This was where I had difficulties due to the quirky controls. The Nun-chuck was to be placed in the thigh pouch, but I kept reading on screen that it was facing the wrong way. I know I had the Nun-chuck placed in the slot properly so it was irritating, especially since none of my squats were being counted. I moved the Nun-chuck around some more and still got the error stating it was facing the wrong way.
Although they were not being counted, I did in fact do the squats. It was annoying however to see my avatar not moving at all on the screen, and it was also annoying having the trainer telling me I was doing it wrong. The controls are quirked during squats, and it was a pretty big let down.
Next I got to use the long red stretchy rubber band equipment. Using the bands was pretty fun, and the workout included in my day 1 session basically allowed me to stretch the bands up, and then release down. I thought the bands would eventually snap, because they seemed of really poor quality. I was surprised though, they held their own and gave me a nice efficient workout in my upper arms.
The bands were used again for another exercise but did not work as efficiently as the previous workout. In this workout with the bands, I was supposed to crouch, and pull them up, and release. The bands however were too long, and pulling them up did not produce any resistance (kind of like pulling a potato chip up to your mouth; no resistance! Ha-ha).