Gold's Gym Dance Workout for Nintendo Wii

Wii Dance Workout
  • Type: Exergame
  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Equipment Included: None
  • Price: $29.99
  • Fitness Level: Beg, Int, Adv
  • Fitness Challenge: 6/10

Dance workouts are hot these days, with classes like Zumba popping up around the country. Gold's Gym Dance Workout lets you get your groove on and burn calories using the interactivity of your Wii console.

There are different dance styles to choose from -- Zumba-like dances such as the Salsa, Samba, and Meringue for more dance-oriented exercises or kickboxing moves if you want something more athletic.

The workouts are fun and there are lots of great extras to keep you motivated.

The Basics

Gold's Gym Dance Workout for Wii is a fitness-oriented game with a focus on Latin dance and kickboxing. Formatted much like a group fitness aerobics class, an instructor cues you for each move and you follow along, mirroring his movements. Unlike a group fitness class, however, your movements are tracked for accuracy through the Wii controllers, which you hold in both hands throughout the workout. It doesn't track lower body movements, so it's up to you not to cheat.

After creating your profile, you have a few options for starting your workout:

  • Quick Workout - From this menu, you can access all of the dance steps at varying degrees of difficulty. There are tutorials for each type of dance (e.g., Merengue, Salsa, Samba, etc.), so this is a good choice if you have no idea what any of those are. You can also choose dance segments lasting 3-5 minutes of varying flavors -- Latin, which is much more dancey or kickboxing, which is more athletic -- as well as different fitness levels; beginner, intermediate or advanced. You can change where you workout and you can view and practice the dance steps before taking the plunge.
  • Workouts - In this menu, you can create your own workout or choose from a variety of preset workouts which include a mix of the dance segments you see in the Quick Workout section.
  • Mini-games - There are a few rather lame mini-games included such as riding a bull, dodging bulls or boxing with a kangaroo. You can opt to use your balance board, but the tracking here is pretty bad, making these much more frustrating than they are fun.

    Pros and Cons


    • Fun: Even if you feel silly dancing (or stumbling, as in my case) around the room, these workouts are so fun, you almost forget you're working out.
    • Great music: There are fun, popular songs included like "Just Dance," "Material Girl" and "I Will Survive,"
    • Wide appeal: I like the option of a more dancy Latin-based workout or the more athletic kickboxing option for people who have two left feet.
    • Motivational Stats: After each segment, you can see calories burned, your score and even a break down of how many moves you got right and how many you missed. You can even see what you've worked off with your workouts - cookies, marshmallows, etc., which is a nice touch.
    • A good workout: Unlike many Wii exergames, it's possible to get a solid cardio workout with this game. You can cheat (since it only tracks arm movements), but if you give it your all, you'll definitely raise your heart rate and sweat off some calories.


    • Lame mini-games: Ubisoft spent time creating a fun fitness game with great music, so I'm not sure why they included such low standard mini-games. The tracking responsiveness is so bad, they're almost impossible to play and a waste of time.
    • Chatty instructor: Like an aerobics class, the instructor calls out cues (e.g., "Right and left."). Unlike a real person, this instructor talks non-stop and the cues can be confusing at times, getting lost under the music. This could get annoying after playing several times.

      Overall, this is a quality exergame that offers a fun way to burn calories. It's almost like having a group fitness class in your own living room.