Gold's Gym Cardio Workout

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Boxing sim offers intense, gimmick-free workouts.

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age 9+
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Positive Messages

Encourages staying healthy and exercising. However, uses BMI index and labels players as overweight or obsese, which might upset sensitive people.


Players punch the air or gym bags, and duck the jabs of a robot to practice defensive moves. There are no human opponents.


Named after the Gold's Gym franchise of commercial gyms. The game comes with a coupon for an introductory Gold's Gym membership offer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this boxing simulator will provide a healthy cardio workout in a gym setting. Players work out with equipment and trainers and don't actually face opponents in the boxing ring. The atmosphere is one of a gym cardio class.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 10-year-old Written byannbruce July 3, 2009


i love game
Parent of a 9 and 11-year-old Written bytx.aquamom June 16, 2009


I enjoyed this game and still do. Its a good workout, but do realize, its primarily a cardio boxing game. My kids even enjoy playing it. There is no violence... Continue reading

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What's it about?

GOLD'S GYM CARDIO WORKOUT is a fitness trainer for the Wii that focuses on boxing. Holding the Wii remote in one hand and the Nunchuk in the other, players practice punches (jabs, crosses, upper cuts, and hooks), defensive moves and footwork under the guidance of a virtual trainer. Players can also use a unique double Wii remote control scheme (holding a Wii remote in each hand), which actually works much better since there's no cord to get in the way. After going through a series of lessons to learn the basics, players can select workout routines of increasing intensity that include punching a virtual bag and dodging blows from a robot. Optionally, some exercises are compatible with the Wii balance board accessory.

Is it any good?

Sensitive players might resent being called "Overweight" or "Obese" based on the game's Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations or might not be happy with how chunky the game makes their avatar look based on the height and weight numbers they've entered. Overall, though, Gold's Gym is a basic yet very fun and effective boxing simulator. Players can string together 15-17 minute workouts with minimal interruptions (i.e. no cutesy dialogue or drawn out menu scrolling), which makes Gold's Gym Cardio Workout one of the more intense and less gimmicky fitness trainers for the Wii.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether practicing boxing in the game gives them a greater appreciation for the sport. Why is boxing such a good workout?

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