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My Fitness Coach: Dance Workout review: My Fitness Coach: Dance Workout

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The Good Variety of dance routines. Licensed music tracks. Good attention to warm-up and cool-down routines.

The Bad Requires imperial measurements for height and weight. Predictably, you can "cheat" the exercises — or get them plain wrong. Lacks depth of instruction.

The Bottom Line My Fitness Coach delivers a strong workout package — as long as you can dance.

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8.5 Overall

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There are precious few products that really do sum themselves up in their titles, but My Fitness Coach: Dance Workout delivers precisely what it says on the box. It's a workout game for the Nintendo Wii with particular focus on dance routines, for better or worse.

When we reviewed the original My Fitness Coach title we bemoaned the fact that for a Wii title, it had precious little to do with the Wii at all, not using the Wii Balance board or even the Wiimotes to track what you're doing. Dance Workout doesn't fall into this trap, and instead goes in an entirely opposite direction. You can opt to hold a single Wiimote in either your right or left hand — it's nice to see southpaws accommodated for — or as the game prompts, use a Wiimote in both hands as though they were exercise weights. The balance board is also supported, but it's an optional extra.

As with most fitness titles, your first action involves setting up a profile and a rough-looking personal avatar. There's not a lot of visual choice here, and what there is looks pretty rudimentary. We would also have preferred the option of putting height and weight measurements in metric terms, instead of the imperial-only option. Once that's done you can launch yourself into quick workouts, custom workouts, work with a personal trainer or take part in some multiplayer fitness training with a friend.

Unlike most fitness games that rely on generic keyboard music for their workouts, Dance Workout also features a smattering of licensed tracks, including Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" among them.

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