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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A Zumba Time
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.