Gold's Gym Dance Workout

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Solid aerobic workout program with a fun dancing theme.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game's goal is to develop a health-conscious fitness routine, with planned workout regimens designed for individual players. The game is upbeat and positive and tries to make working out inviting and fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The in-game trainers are nice, complimentary, and present clear instructions. 

Ease of Play

While the instructions seem clear, actually pulling off the movements and scoring 'good' on the  meters can be challenging. The game has a caloric goal for each workout, which is achieved by accurately pulling off the moves in time to the music. The game can be played with one Wii remote, but two is recommended to get the full range of motion in each exercise.

Violence

There is mild cartoon violence, such as boxing a kangaroo, or an alligator chasing a canoe, but nothing that shows blood or is intended to be frightening.

Sex

The trainers and in-game dancers wear tight clothing and some of the dance moves might be interpreted as mildly suggestive. Note, too, that it features pop radio songs with lyrics containing mild innuendo.

Language
Consumerism

Gold's Gym branding is apparent throughout the game. Plus, the box contains a complimentary seven-day pass to a Gold's Gym. It's a clear example of cross promotion.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that  Gold's Gym Dance Workout melds aerobic exercise routines with dances to burn specific calorie amounts. It has a positive, upbeat vibe, and promotes physical fitness. Note that the aerobic-style workouts that this game offers can be intense; players with pre-existing physical conditions should go easy, not play for too long, and be supervised.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy September 13, 2012

Excellent!

This is such a great game! It's so much fun,it teaches you how to work out,ect.YES! YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's it about?

GOLD'S GYM DANCE WORKOUT is an aerobic-centric program that uses the Wii remote's motion-detection sensors to monitor player movements and determine how well they follow on-screen cues. Players can set fitness goals and then set up a daily workout regimen. The game's focus is on dance workouts set to the tune of popular songs, but there are also eight mini-games -- such as sword fighting, jump rope, boxing, bull riding, and dodging oncoming bulls -- intended to give workouts variety and entertainment value.

Is it any good?

The instructions are clear and easy to understand, but keeping up with the trainers can be challenging. Gold's Gym Dance Workout will make players generate a sweat, and while the game is certainly not the end-all of fitness routines, it is a fun way to work off a few calories. There is a enough variety here to keep the game from becoming overly repetitious, but we suspect that it will start spending more time on the shelf than in your Wii within about a month. Like any fitness routine, it takes dedication to achieve results. That said, Dance Workout does a nice job with its presentation and encourages players to achieve the goals they set.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of staying physically fit and active. Do you think this game can contribute to a healthy lifestyle? How long do you think it might hold a player's interest?

  • Families can also discuss how the media portrays certain body images that may not be appropriate or achievable for all individuals. Do you feel that this game promotes a healthy body image?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $27.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: August 16, 2010
  • Genre: Exergaming
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol Reference, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Lyrics

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