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Zumba Vs. Core Rhythms

author image Lisa M. Wolfe
A mother of two and passionate fitness presenter, Lisa M. Wolfe had her first fitness article published in 2001. She is the author of six fitness books and holds an Associate of Arts in exercise science from Oakland Community College. When not writing, Wolfe is hula-hooping, kayaking, walking or cycling.
Zumba Vs. Core Rhythms
Latin dancing provides an aerobic workout. Photo Credit Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

The Latin dance workout trend has swept through homes and health clubs. You'll find Latin-inspired dances such as salsa, merengue, cha cha and flemenco included in the workouts to challenge your way to better health. Zumba and Core Rhythms are two of the most popular Latin dance workout programs designed to get you off your couch and shaking your hips.

Latin Dances

The term Latin dancing conjures up images of wiggling hips, inspiring music, high heels and fun. Latin dance as exercise also uses wiggling hips, inspired music and fun, but your shoes should be flat and supportive, such as an athletic shoe. The different types of dances you in these workouts include: salsa, samba, merengue, cumbia, bolero, flemenco and more. If that sounds overwhelming to you, the instructors for each workout break down the movements into easy-to-learn segments.


Zumba was created by celebrity fitness trainer Beto Perez. Beto began teaching Latin dance as exercise in his aerobic class in Columbia. For the workout, Beto provides a low-impact cardio exercise using movements inspired by salsa, merengue, cumbia, tango and flemenco. His program uses an interval training style. This means that you work at an increased pace, then slow down for a recovery period, then return to a faster pace. You can perform the workout for a longer time when allowed those recovery moments.

Core Rhythms

The Core Rhythms workout was developed by professional Latin ballroom dancer Jaana Kunitz. Jaana pulls her exercises from dances such as the samba, swing and bolero. You are taught low-impact versions of all the exercises. The DVDs also allow you to view the instructor from the front to follow a mirror image, or from the back for an easier perspective.


Zumba and Core Rhythms both have their roots in Latin dances. If you enjoy Latin music, these workouts won't let you down. You can purchase the workouts for use at home. If time is a concern, the workouts can be accomplished in under an hour. Latin dance exercise increases your heart rate, burns calories and aids in weight loss. Your heart and lungs improve as a result of the exercises.


Seek guidance from your doctor before beginning a Latin dance workout program. If exercising at home, clear a space free from obstacles in which to dance. Wear supportive shoes and drink water to rehydrate yourself. Both workouts guide you towards health and wellness. Zumba certified instructors can be found in most health clubs to teach you a safe and effective workout.

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