I’ve long touted the benefits of Nintendo’s Wii as a legitimate workout device that can help one stay fit while having fun. I’ve always incorporated Wii Fit in my overall fitness activities. One other game that I use often to workout is Ubisoft’s Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout. My fitness level is Intermediate so one might think that using Wii as part of my activity will not give me the workout I need. However, and surprisingly, Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout can get quite intense. Broken up into 10 to 20 minute sessions, you would hardly notice that you’ve already spent the obligatory 30 minutes of exercise per day. Because I found Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout quite enjoyable, I’ve been on the constant lookout for a new game from them. It took awhile but finally, this past week, they released Gold’s Gym Dance Workout.
One of my favorite cardio activity is dancing – more specifically, Zumba. Naturally, my interest is perked by Gold’s Gym’s new offering. Its online promo video looked promising. It showed the game as having a mix of Latin moves broken down into steps for an easy to follow workout. ASide from that, there are also cardio boxing sessions and mini-games that would allow you to create a personalized workout so that no two sessions would be the same.
The game gives you the option of playing either with one or two Wii remotes or playing with a friend. I opted to play with two remotes for a more challenging game. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m well-versed with Latin dance moves because of Zumba so I was quite sure that this would be quite easy for me. I was in for a bit of a surprise though as some of the footworks get quite complicated. Coupled with the arm movements that are detected by the Wii remote, Gold’s Gym Dance Workout got my heart pumping in no time at all. The game has a gauge that tracks your arm movements in time with the movements of your personal trainer and provides you a rating based on your hitting the proper movements with the right timing. The higher your score, the more opportunity you have to unlock new games and even more complicated dance steps.
If you are in a hurry and don’t have that much time to exercise, you can opt to play the mini-games. You have the option of playing with a Wii Balance Board or just with the Wii remote. The mini-games are broken into 1.5 to 2.5 minutes worth of play each so you can easily mix them up and build up to however long you want to exercise. As I’ve said, there is an almost sure-fire guarantee that you will not get bored with this game due to the wide variety of activities offered.
In all, I would recommend this game to those who use their Wii as part of their physical activity and consider it a good addition to their arsenal of fitness games. As an aside, and an added bonus, this game does teach you steps to Latin dance moves which can be quite helpful the next time you feel the urge to show off your newly acquired skill on the dance floor. The playability is great and, if you have absolutely no dance skill to speak off, the tutorials at the beginning are a big help. Granted, it would take you a while to get fully versed with the steps and get your coordination up to par but that just makes this game all the more challenging and fun.