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Difference Between Hip Hop Abs & Zumba

author image Nina K.
Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by,, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
Difference Between Hip Hop Abs & Zumba
Three people working out in a zumba class. Photo Credit: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

If you love to dance, both Hip Hop Abs and Zumba can help you achieve a cardiovascular workout that feels more like recreation than exercise. Both programs mimic the feel of a dance club while also burning calories and toning muscles. Each exercise brand, though, has some distinctive characteristics that sets it apart.

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Zumba is based on dance moves from salsa, merengue, flamenco and other Latin styles, and is a good choice if you enjoy that type of music. Zumba classes are taught at gyms and studios across the country, and classes are often festive and social. While some types of Zumba concentrate on muscle toning, none focus specifically on the abdominal region, which is a feature of Hip Hop Abs.

Hip Hop Abs

As the name implies, Hip Hop Abs is set to hip-hop music rather than Latin beats. This workout focuses on dance-style moves that strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles, and it may be preferable if you have a goal of a more defined stomach. Hip Hop Abs is not offered in classes -- you must order DVDs to participate -- so the program usually will not provide the same social setting as Zumba.

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