Zumba Fitness Core

Common Sense Media says

Energetic dance fitness game with mildly suggestive lyrics.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game encourages exercise and movement in a fun and inclusive way.

Positive role models

Virtual Zumba instructors guide players through each song with positive verbal encouragement and visual cues.

Ease of play

The routines can be fast-paced and physically demanding, but the game does a great job of easing players into each routine. Players can practice each dance move separately and at a slower pace before attempting the full-speed song.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

There are some suggestive song lyrics, like "Tonight we're gonna make love" and "It was getting a little too sexy." Some of the dancers wear skimpy outfits that reveal the midsection, which is understandable given that the game focuses on abs exercises.

Language

Some song lyrics contain sexually suggestive content, and occasional use of "damn."

Consumerism

Zumba is a licensed fitness program that includes workout videos, soundtracks, and fitness classes. Xbox 360 users can read online Zumba news and locate Zumba classes being offered nearby.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No concerns. Xbox 360 players can view regional leaderboards, but there's no interaction between strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zumba Fitness Core is an exercise game that incorporates dance styles like samba, salsa, and reggae for an aerobic workout focusing on cardio and core muscles. Players dance to songs from popular artists like Enrique Iglesias, Bob Marley, and Seal Paul as well as Zumba originals. A few of the song lyrics are mildly suggestive lyrics, which earns the game an E10+ rating.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • dance
  • movement
  • rhythm

Skills

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • personal growth

Collaboration

  • cooperation

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • fitness
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Zumba Fitness Core is much more fun than a traditional workout, and it's not too intimidating for beginners. The 40 musical tracks are all super catchy and fun to dance to.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn movement, rhythm, and fitness through workouts based on dance styles. Thanks to generous feedback, players can identify what they need to improve and then practice steps in a learning mode.

Support

The routines can be fast-paced and physically demanding but kids can practice them as many times as they need to. Xbox 360 users can read online Zumba news and locate Zumba classes being offered nearby.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • dance
  • movement
  • rhythm

Skills

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • personal growth

Collaboration

  • cooperation

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • fitness
  • movement

Kids can learn movement, rhythm, and fitness as they exercise to aerobic workouts based on six different dance styles: salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, Bollywood, and samba. Players are shown how to perform each dance step by virtual instructors, and they can watch themselves on-screen to mimic each move. Body parts that are out of sync with the instructor are highlighted in red so that players can identify what they need to improve and then practice individual steps at a slower speed in a learning mode. Zumba Fitness Core is a fun and energetic way to exercise while building rhythm and coordination.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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What's it about?

In ZUMBA FITNESS CORE players participate in energetic dance-inspired exercise routines by following the visual cues of the Zumba instructor on-screen. Players are scored based on how in sync they are with the instructor. While some players might find the fast-paced dance routines intimidating, a Learn the Steps mode lets them master individual moves at a slower pace until they're comfortable with speeding everything up. Players choose from 45 different classes that range from short (20 minutes), mid-length (45 minutes) or full-length (1 hour), or play single songs alone or with a friend.

Is it any good?

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Zumba Fitness Core is the third game in the Zumba Fitness series and the first to ostensibly focus on a specific area of the body (the "core" muscles).  Most of the vigorous dance routines seem more like full-body cardio workouts -- not that this is a bad thing. Zumba Fitness Core offers 40 musical tracks -- eight more than its predecessor Zumba Fitness 2 -- and they're all super catchy and fun to dance to. Zumba Fitness Core is much more fun than doing a traditional workout, and it's not too intimidating for beginners thanks to generous feedback and an accessible practice mode. In short, Zumba Fitness Core is a fun and motivating way to get active indoors.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different styles of dancing in the game. Which music is your favorite to dance to?

  • What are some other ways to exercise and stay active? Do you prefer dancing or sports?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:October 16, 2012
Genre:Exergaming
Topics:Arts and dance
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byHeaven_Jones December 27, 2012
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Zumba Fitness Core

I really like it. It gives me a good work-out and it's fun. I feel like I'm actually at Zumba class when I play it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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