The ABC’s of Workout DVDs | Dance: Core Cross Train

Dance: Core Cross Train has 3 dance options: Jazz, Latin, and Hip-Hop. The Latin portion burns 92 calories in 20 minutes, with 12 minutes of moderate activity, and 854 steps. The other options are similar.

The Pros:

Patricia Moreno is an outstanding workout instructor. She’s very good at encouraging viewers to keep going using positive motivation. She also helps you focus in on certain core muscles.

And given that this workout DVD is all about strengthening your core with dance, that’s a good thing.

The Cons:

Let’s face it, this workout hardly burns any calories. The workout doesn’t feel worth the time it takes, and it’s not fun at all. You learn dance moves one at a time that don’t feel relevant. Then, after 10 minutes of learning steps, you put them together…only you don’t really. The choreography changes enough that Patricia still has to teach you along the way. So you’re never really dancing.

My biggest complaint is that the steps don’t go with the music. It’s almost as if they filmed it and put generic music to the workout that sort of fits…but really doesn’t. So you can never just let yourself enjoy the workout and dance.


I really wanted to like this workout DVD, but I couldn’t. I just couldn’t. And I love the instructor! I own a number of dance DVDs with Patricia Moreno and I really enjoy them. I’m not sure who’s in charge of the choreography or structure of this DVD, but it’s not done well at all. The only good thing I can say about it is that it does seem like a great core workout. So if you want to replace sit ups with a 20 minute workout, maybe this is a possibility for you.Activity Disclaimer and Zumba

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