Jazzercise and Zumba are both dance exercises that act as cardio workouts as well. Zumba is the late comer but has gain such popularity that it seems to be overtaking Jazzercise in popularity. I did some research using Google trends and this is what the graph shows. The blue line presents Zumba while the red denotes Jazzercise. You can see how Zumba came from behind and become way more popular in the past few years, although interest is definitely declining.
Regardless of which dance cardio workout is more popular, here are how Zumba and Jazzercise differs from one another.
Difference between Jazzercise and Zumba
Both Zumba and Jazzercise have actually a lot in common. They both combine dancing movements with cardio workouts. They are also instructor lead and uses a lot of music during the actual training.
- Types of training: While both Jazzercise and Zumba are dancing based cardio workouts, only the former incorporates resistance training through activities such as the use of small dumbbells. There are also elements of kickboxing and pilates in Jazzercise that are not used in Zumba.
- Easier to learn: Of the two dance models, Jazzercise is easier to learn because the moves are in sets and tend to repeat itself over the course of the training. Zumba, on the other hand, is less structured as it is modeled after the Latino moves.
- Gear used: In both types of workouts, normal gym wear will be fine although there are brands spouting up that focuses on producing gear for these 2 specific type of dance workouts. Personally, I find Jazzercise clothing catalogue to be more chic and can be used for other active wear. Zumba can be a bit more flamboyant and edgy so they are not for everyone. In terms of shoes, both types of workouts have similar requirement but Zumba has more side to side movement so you need shoes that have better lateral support. For Jazzercise, it is more impactful so sole support is critical. If you need help, take a look at some of these best jazzercise shoes recommendations for reference.
- Experience: In Jazzercise classes, the instructors tend to be on stage and pushed the class hard, similar to most cross training sessions. This usually result in a high level of engagement for the members. For Zumba, the instructors are usually on the same level as the members and are facing the same direction as them. This might crease a disconnect for folks who like to look at their instructors while executing the workout.
- Type of music: The music featured in these 2 dance classes are very different. Zumba is pretty much just Latino music so it is what you will be hearing throughout the class. In contrast, Jazzercise usually uses a wide variety of pop music. You can easily go from Lady Gaga to Miley Cyrus within the same class.
Jazzercise and Zumba are fun workout activities that are worth considering if you have not participated in their classes before. I have done both and I have enjoyed both of them. If you want to know their differences, I hope sharing my experiences above will give you some insight on which is right for you.