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Not for the uncoordinated or dance novice,
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This review is from: Gold's Gym Dance Workout - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
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.
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Initial post: Sep 12, 2010 6:52:04 PM PDT
E. Pinkerman says:
thanks! i am not co-ordinated or in shape... i would be in a heap on the floor sobbing probably!
Posted on Sep 14, 2010 8:13:05 AM PDT
I bought this game also and completely agree with this post. When doing the dance moves, you get 2 turns and then it goes to double time. I have repeated the first 2 dances trying to get it down and still can not do it. The boxing portion is great, but for the price paid, I really wanted an overall workout. I can buy a game for "boxing" for $15. I have been playing the Just Dance game and that is a lot of fun, the moves are less tricky and they give you a good warning of the upcoming move that is easy to follow. Gold's Gym Dance Workout would be good for some people though, just not for me. :(
Posted on Oct 9, 2010 9:04:25 AM PDT
M. Bailey says:
I have danced for many years and have no problem with rhythm or coordination. However, this game has me flailing all over the place! I would, also, expect a slower paced (fluid) tutorial before getting into the actual dance. And I seem to be having trouble with my wiimotes being read, but it's a problem with this game only. I still work up a sweat and I like the calorie burn tracking and the heart rate monitor. Since I love dance, I will continue with this and hope I learn the steps with more useage.
Posted on Aug 23, 2013 3:26:51 PM PDT
Joseph R Pabich says:
You can slow it down.
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