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Just Dance 2020 helps with your workout-from-home

From someone who used to dance a lot

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I recently snagged a copy of Just Dance 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, having little experience of playing it on the PlayStation 4. As someone who used to dance a lot these past few years, this was one thing I felt I should add to my workout, especially now that the quarantine had forced me indoors.

Surprisingly enough, there is some benefit to it. If you love to dance (like me) but can’t be bothered to learn competition-level routines, playing this game can get things going. If you also need some form of cardio to start your workout, this game provides that, as well. And it’s all thanks to one nifty in-game feature.

Activate Sweat Mode

Just Dance 2020 brings back the Sweat Mode feature introduced in Just Dance 2 for the Nintendo Wii. Essentially, it is a separate mode dedicated to calculating calories and, in its early days, more physical routines. The game featured it as a standalone mode in earlier versions, but has been just an in-game feature since Just Dance 2016.

With a push of a button, you can activate Sweat Mode and instead of difficulty, it displays the intensity of the routines. When you start one of the routines, it also calculates how many calories you’re burning with the routine. Also, it keeps track of how much time you’ve spent on the mode so if you’re strict with your cardio time, this is good.

Now, if you have Just Dance 2020 and you’re subscribed to Just Dance Unlimited, I have song suggestions for you. These are based on how much cardio you want to add to your workout, based on the game’s intensity ratings. If you don’t have Just Dance Unlimited, that’s alright!

For the light cardio enthusiast

Just Dance 2020 Track: Ariana Grande’s God Is A Woman

“God Is A Woman” features a routine that’s mostly heavy on the arms and the hips. I felt that it was mostly designed to be done in place, so don’t expect too much moving around the room. Also, this is great for anyone who just loves to channel their inner Ariana.

Just Dance Unlimited Track: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito (Just Dance 2018)

Although designed to be a couple’s dance (a duo of couples to be exact), “Despacito” is also a pretty light track for cardio. Again, a ton of emphasis on your arms for this one, but there’s this one part where your shoulders take a beating. Still, a chill party song by the beach just requires the same intensity for the routine.

Ten minutes worth of cardio before starting the workout

Now, depending on your preferences, you can choose to do most of these songs or all of them.

Just Dance 2020 Track: TWICE’s FANCY

Now, I didn’t include this just because I’m a ONCE, but precisely because of the large gestures the routine brings. It has a moderate intensity by Just Dance 2020 standards, and it’s obvious in the large arm movements. If you really want to go all out, I suggest doing the actual choreography to the song, which I’m still peeved they didn’t incorporate in the routine somehow.

Just Dance 2020 Track: Skrillex’s Bangarang featuring Sirah (Medium difficulty)

The Medium difficulty of “Bangarang” features a ton of arm movement and some squats to start. Movements are mostly stationary, but there’s some jumping involved. Even if these are done in place, it’s pretty repetitive but energy-consuming.

Just Dance Unlimited Track: BIGBANG’s Bang Bang Bang (Just Dance 2019)

Even if this has an intense rating, “Bang Bang Bang” starts off pretty slowly. There are moments in the routine for some cool down and high pumping energy, making it ideal for regular cardio. Also, the chorus has some moves taken from the actual choreography by BIGBANG so if you’re familiar with them, use it to your advantage.

Just Dance Unlimited Track: Justin Bieber’s Beauty and a Beat featuring Nicki Minaj (Just Dance 4)

“Beauty and a Beat” has some fairly simple movements, except you will find yourself moving around a lot. If you’re playing this on the Nintendo Switch, this really won’t be a problem since it only tracks your hand. Also, the dance break in between focuses a lot on your elbows so prepare to sweat a little bit.

Intense cardio for the intense workout

My personal suggestion is that you do all of these if you’re that heavy on cardio.

Just Dance 2020 Track: BLACKPINK’s Kill This Love (Hard and Extreme difficulties)

To fully maximize this track, the way to go is like this: start with the Hard difficulty track then proceed with the Extreme version. Both routines were given an intense rating anyway, so better to acquaint yourself with the song first. The Hard routine takes several pieces from the actual choreography, and it’s meant to be an exhaust fest.

After doing that, proceed with the Extreme routine, which is quite literally the closest you’ll ever be to being a member of BLACKPINK. It’s not just in the movements you’ll be doing in the routine, but the entire chorus is taken from the actual choreography, STEP BY STEP. If you’re a BLINK, you better get the chorus perfectly!

Just Dance 2020 Track: Skrillex’s Bangarang featuring Sirah (Extreme difficulty)

This routine does bring a competitive-level of movements, like floor work and fast-paced arm moves. It’s a breakdancer’s zumba routine designed for real intense cardio. If you do this after the Medium difficulty routine, you’ll be tired once you get to the 2nd chorus. Take note of your arms and body control.

Just Dance Unlimited Track: MC Fioti’s Bum Bum Tam Tam with Future and J. Balvin (Just Dance 2019)

“Bum Bum Tam Tam” is a couples routine, and you will spend most of it moving side-to-side in the room. The routine comes with a ton of arm and leg movements that will leave you winded afterwards. It is intense cardio after all, but there are moments in the routine when you can cool down so it’s not all bad.

There are plenty of other tracks depending on your own choosing and intensity, so dance the calories away. But also, do this as part of the workout instead of making it the whole workout, and don’t forget to eat your meals and hydrate!

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ASUS ROG laptops will come with freebies

Plus up to PhP 25,000 discount on some models

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Buying a new laptop can be frustrating at times. Luckily, ASUS’ new promo for ROG laptops will make deciding easier. With every purchase of ROG laptops, customers can snag big discounts and great freebies.

This July, select ROG laptops will come with ASUS gaming monitors as a freebie bundle. On top of that, some of these laptops will come with up to PhP 25,000 discount. Laptops that will join the promo include the top-of-the-line ROG Zephrus S and Strix Scar.

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Individuals who need a work and gaming laptop in one should really look no further than ASUS’ ROG laptops, especially with the big discounts and freebies. Hurry though, since the discounts and freebies are available only on all ASUS stores nationwide until supplies last.

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Sony unveils what the PS5 game boxes will look like

Lovely white rectangle

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Last month, Sony kicked off the PlayStation 5 hype with a bang. Starting off its massive games showcase, the PlayStation 5 announced one of the biggest titles for the next generation: Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The web-slinging action adventure game brings back New York City with an all-new hero, Miles Morales as Spider-Man.

However, the tease was just plainly… a tease. We don’t know much more about the game besides being a separate game from the original Spider-Man. Now, we know just a bit more.

Sony has officially revealed the look of the PlayStation 5’s physical game cases. In a blog post, the company used Spider-Man: Miles Morales as an example. Now, we know both the look of the next generation cases and the official box art of the game.

First, the game. The art doesn’t reveal much. However, Miles Morales is wielding what looks like a lightning punch. Now, we’re not up to speed with every aspect of the Marvel multiverse, but we’re fairly sure Spider-Man is known for lightning reflexes, not lightning punches. Could this hint at a larger part for Electro, a classic Spidey villain?

Secondly, the look of the case. You might remember that the PlayStation 4 cases are brilliantly blue: blue case, blue band on the top. Though the PlayStation 5 will still have blue cases, the band on top is now white, clearly delineating the new games on retail shelves. Of course, this might not mean much if you’re going for the Digital Edition. What do you think of the change?

The PlayStation 5 series is expected to launch later this year during the holiday season. With the amount of details piling up, the next generation of gaming is looking pretty spectacular.

SEE ALSO: Will PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X games be more expensive?

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ICYMI: The World University Cyber League 2020 has begun

The best gamers from the brightest in the region duke it out for gaming supremacy

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Tencent Sports wanted to up the competition a little bit more in Southeast Asia, following Esports’ rapid rise in the region. Obviously, the best option for that is to hold a tournament to bring in the best of the best for some healthy competition. With the help of Mineski Global, they’ve done exactly just that, and are now on their final stages of the entire tournament.

The World University Cyber League 2020 started last June 28, and featured players from four markets in Southeast Asia. This time around, these players don’t come from established teams and franchises from their home countries. Instead, they are university-sponsored students, as they compete for a prize pool of over US$ 5,000. The Philippines host the SEA qualifiers, through Mineski Global’s Philippine division and its Youth Esports Program.

Students from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand are competing across three different games. The roster of games Tencent prepared include popular mobile games like Clash Royale and PUBG Mobile, and an Esports classic in League of Legends.

Qualifiers will end on July 9, with the best teams moving to the WUCL Finals from July 10-15. To know more about the WUCL, you may visit their official website.

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