Gold’s Gym Dance Workout

Posted by staff | Posted in Wii Games | Posted on 19-09-2010

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  • The game supports two players so you and a friend can dance the calories away together
  • Strengthen your muscles with fun mini-games such as rodeo bull riding, karate, rowing, kangaroo boxing, sword fighting and more
  • Build your own circuit program or let the game create one for you. Circuit programs are continuous dancing and mini-game sessions lasting up to 30 minutes. Experience the fun of working out as you dance off extra pounds
  • Your personal trainer teaches you dance moves, motivates you and increases the intensity of your workout based on your performance
  • All of your exercise history, including play time, calories burned, and BMI (determined by standing on the Wii Balance Board) is stored in the game so you can easily track your progress

Product Description
Developed in collaboration with fitness and dance experts, Gold’s Gym Dance Workout is the first dance game specifically dedicated to fitness and weight loss. You’ll have so much fun dancing you won’t even notice how much you’re sweating! You’ll dance to popular songs, learn new choreography, and play mini-games that will whip you into shape in no time. It’s the most fun way to workout!Amazon.com Product Description
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Gold’s Gym Dance Workout

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I’ve seen a couple reviews already that say this game isn’t for people who aren’t already in shape, or who are uncoordinated, etc., etc. I have to disagree. I’m a fat girl who can’t dance, and I’m loving it!

To give you my perspective, I’ve taken some dance classes in my life, though not Latin-style dances. And I’m a good 100 pounds overweight, so to say that I’m out of shape is an understatement. I use the Wii Fit every so often, and while I love it for the yoga stretches, I really wanted to incorporate more cardio than the Wii Fit offers. I saw this game advertised back in June and have been looking forward to it ever since. I bought it yesterday and have played it twice. And I REALLY like it a lot.

Yes, the tutorials are quick, and I almost fell over doing the grapevine. But the second time I tried it I got a little better, and I suspect that the third, fourth and fifth times I try it I’ll get better too. It really feels like an exercise class, where you may not get the steps right away, but if you keep showing up you will. But instead of embarrassing myself in public, I get to flail around in my living room instead and startle the dog (he didn’t like me doing the samba and started barking at me).

I like the Personal Trainer option, where I can tell it just how out of shape I am, and then it starts me off on a three-day program of short workouts that still get me sweating. It’s a start, I figure, and I bet as I get better, the game will make the workouts longer and more challenging.

I really get the feeling that this game is meant to be fun more than anything else, and so far I’m really enjoying it. Give it a try!
Rating: 5 / 5

I purchased this game because I’m a big fan of both Just Dance and Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout!! Boy am I pleased!! I wear a BodyBugg so my calorie burn is pretty accurate. Interestingly, my calorie burn from this game surpassed my average calorie burn from Just Dance. According to my Bodybugg, I was burning anywhere from 9 to 10 calories per minute- and that’s on the beginning level!! With Just Dance, I usually burn between 7 to 9 calories per minute. It’s a lot of fun, though somewhat different from Just Dance in that you use two remotes and the sensors seem to be much more accurate. All of the songs have a Latin flair to them and all of the dance routines are Latin (i.e. salsa, meringue, etc…). The tutorials are wonderful- unless you’re familiar with Zumba or Latin dance, you’ll definitely need them!! Btw, don’t let the song list fool you. I’m unfamiliar with approximately 50% of them but they’re still a lot of fun. Here’s a fun note- my little cousin who can usually beat me at Just Dance by merely moving her arms was unable to do so in Gold’s Cardio Dance. For once, I’ve finally found a dancing game where hard work pays off, lol. My only gripe is with the coach. She speaks over the music (right, left, back, front, etc..) which is something I enjoyed not having when playing Just Dance.

I also played around with a few of the other activities including the cardio boxing which I love and the jump roping which I’m not a big fan of because of coordination issues (I’m assuming). Anyway, it was a great investment and I can’t wait to work out with it tomorrow!! Btw, according to my Bodybugg, this game and Just Dance have given me a higher calorie burn than any other Wii exercise game, and I own them all (Gold’s Gym Cardio, EA Active, EA Active More Workouts, Wii Fit Plus, etc..) Buy it, you won’t be disappointed!!

The song list is as follows:

Beginners:

Just Dance by Lady Gaga

Stronger by Britney Spears

Smooth by Carlos Santana

Gonna Make You Sweat(Everybody Dance Now) by CC Music Factory

Waiting for Tonight by Jennifer Lopez

Teknocha (I think it’s a mixed song)

Intermediate:

Heart of Glass by Blondie

I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred

Cosmic Girl by Jamiroquai

Empujalo by Emiliano Almeida

Oye Como Va by Kinky

Merengue Fugitivo (Zemi-tone)

Advanced:

Samba Zamba (Zemi-tone with Joao Pires)

El Salsero (Zemi-tone with Patricio Castillo)

Sacudete (Zemi-tone with Gio)

Salome by Chayanne

Rejeton (Zemi-tone with MC Pa Tras

Cardio Boxing:

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

Good Vibrations by Marky Mark

Forever by Chris Brown

For The Love of Girls by Wolfgang Gartner

Beatz Be Rockin (extreme music?)

Material Girl by Madonna

Heavy Sweatin (extreme music?)

Jai Ho

Everything You Got (Zemi-tone)

Rating: 5 / 5

I usually don’t write reviews, but in this instance I felt I should. I’m not someone in terrible shape, and my lackluster review isn’t due to being out of shape. I’ve completed a program with the Biggest Loser Wii game and still do those exercises regularly as well as play volleyball weekly. I really looked forward to this game as being something different from Biggest Loser while still being a workout game. And I think it would be a decent workout game: for someone with some coordination or some background in Latin dance. I have neither, and boy have I struggled with this. I don’t feel the game truly goes through the steps in a clear way for a total dance novice. I know there’s a way to go back and practice each individual move in a routine, but unless there’s a way to slow it down that I haven’t discovered, that still wasn’t too helpful once the routine brings the dance up to speed. I did some of the tutorials repeatedly and still never got much the hang of things once it sped up. Not saying it can’t be fun to just dance around and that burns calories on its own, but I don’t feel the game teaches the moves thoroughly enough to master any kind of basic skill to follow along. So it definitely has workout components to it, just not the kind I was looking for. I’ll stick to the Biggest Loser game for my primary exercise routines, and I’ll supplement this game on my “off” days where I want to take it a bit easier and not pay as much attention to form. I did the cardio setting as well and I still preferred the Biggest Loser routines to this. I feel the Biggest Loser explains the moves better and at least gives you time to switch positions. This game gives very little warning that you’ll be switching sides or starting a new move, which a different commenter pointed out. So, to each their own, I can see some people loving this game, especially if they already have some basic knowledge of Latin dance and/or are coordinated aural learners (the game leaves very little to visual learners just in my opinion). For others, I really can’t recommend the Biggest Loser game enough as a workout game.
Rating: 3 / 5

When Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout first came out a year and a half ago, it pushed the bar forward and helped prove that there was a market for Wii Fitness Games. So the question is, does its sequel do the same? I’m happy to report the answer is yes.

Gold Gym Dance Workout consists of three main types of exercises: a pure “dance workout”, a “boxing workout”, and “mini-games”.

In the “dance workout”, you perform fast-moving choreographed dance steps using your arms and feet. It’s not exactly like “Just Dance” in that the choreography doesn’t really contain any “signature moves” for the song. Rather, the dance is made up of a series of basic latin dance steps (i.e., merengue, samba, salsa, reggaeton, and cumbia). You first go through a series of tutorials to learn the steps, and then you put them together through beginner, intermediate, and advanced stages of increasing difficulty and speed. Just as you’d do in a dance class at the gym, you follow the lead of an on-screen workout instructor shouting out steps to you to the beat.

In the “boxing workout”, the game has come a long way since its predecessor. Again following an on-screen instructor, you upper-cut, jab, punch, and hook to the beat of music. And thankfully, Ubisoft decided to license a whole slew of popular songs, so you’re not stuck to boxing to “Eye of the Tiger” over and over and over. The motion controls are remarkably accurate in detecting specific boxing moves, and the workouts were fast-moving and fun.

I admit that I loved the “mini games”. Unlike other fitness games where minigames are an afterthought, Ubisoft seems to have put a lot of thought into these, and I love the touches of humor in the games. There are a variety of new and original mini-games, you can dodge charging bulls (ducking from side to side while holding your Wii remotes), try to balance yourself on a bucking bull (on the balance board), canoeing (using a combination of your Wii motes as a double-plated paddle while sitting on the balance board) and running (basically making rapid punching movements, made more interesting when you get chased by the occasional lion!). There are also a few games clearly borrowed from Wii Fit and Wii Sports resort (chopping things with a samauri sword, boxing a kangaroo, and karate-chopping certain items).

You can either jump into the various workouts immediately, or have your virtual trainer prepare a weekly workout routine for you. You can also choose two-player mode, which lets you exercise along with a friend (there will be two trainers on the screen, and when each person follows their trainer, not only can they compete to see who scores the highest, but to the casual bystander it looks like they’re doing a cool latin dance together).

One thing I was impressed with was the accuracy of its controls, which is head and shoulders above previous Wii exercise games. It allows for the use of two Wii remotes. That Ubisoft eschews the use of the nunchuk is a good sign that they’ve taken accuracy in motion controls more seriously than they have in the past.

The one big thing I wasn’t crazy about at first was how very difficult it was to follow and learn the dance steps. The first few times you play the dance workout games, even at the tutorial level it’s very easy to get very overwhelmed. You have to basically follow the on-screen trainer and mirror the moves she’s making, but she’s moving so fast that it’s incredibly difficult to follow, especially trying to do it in a mirror image. They provide a series of video and audio cues to help you, but it’s still terribly difficult to follow her feet and to match them to yours.

The good news is, for each dance they offer a “practice” mode which breaks down the dance into different sections, lets you review each section, with three different camera angles to view the instruction, and lets you view the whole thing in slow motion. I would definitely suggest playing the entirely in “practice mode” until you get the arm and leg movements down and memorized, and then proceed to the workout. This may take days or even weeks for each song, so if you don’t have the time or inclination to do this, you might be disappointed. On the other hand, once you commit the moves to memory, they’re yours to do over and over again. And it probably goes without saying that you need a LOT of room.

And so while the game isn’t for everyone, I think it’s a great new Wii fitness title after a very long string of disappointing ones. Once again, Ubisoft has set the bar, let’s hope upcoming fitness titles like EA Sports Active 2, Zumba Fitness, and the Dance Dance Revolution reboot continue to move the bar forward.
Rating: 5 / 5

I purchased this game for my wife who always wanted to have the option to dance at home, on the Wii. I had been watching all dancing titles on Wii in the past, but was discouraged by the reviews. I finally took the plunge to pre-order this title to surprise her. Last night, she played with it for about half an hour, and liked it very much. This dancing game did make her sweat a bit, and was great fun to play with at the same time. The only complaint is that the dancing tutorial is a bit too short and too fast. Maybe there are more detailed tutorials embedded somewhere in the game. We will find out in the following days; but as beginners, we do feel it would be more helpful that there is a dedicated and thorough tutorial section on the moves. Also, holding two wiimotes is something to get used to, but the game registers the moves quite accurately.

Overall, this title is fun to play and definitely worth the money.
Rating: 5 / 5

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