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Gold's Gym Dance Workout
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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?