A little background about me, I'm an intermediate-advanced exerciser who likes complex choreography. My favorite instructors are Patrick,Seasun,Marcus, Christi,Andre etc.
This workout is currently available in the VHS format only, but it's well worth every penny IMO. If you like Marcus Irwin, I think you will like her. She teaches layered style - atheletic mixed with dancy (not as dancy as Christi's or Patrick's but enough that the workout is not boring).
The workout is separated into 3 sections...the choreography gets more complex in each section but don't worry...she knows how to teach that you will not get lost. She will teach the easiest version of that move and then layer the more difficult...let you have the option to stay with the easier one.
The routines are the mixes of all the classic step moves...but somehow Rebecca put them together in a way that make the workout so much fun.
The music is similar to other evolution workouts (recycling). But I usually can live with that if the workouts are good.
Rebecca is a great cuer. Her instruction is clear and easy to follow. She is becoming one of my favorite step instructor.
This is my 1st experience with Rebecca, and I'm planning to make sure it isn't my last! Rebecca, like Marcus, is from Australia, and her Aussie accent adds to the enjoyment of this workout. To give you some background, I'm an advanced exerciser who is also a choreography junkie. I recently discovered Marucs Irwin, which naturally led to trying workouts with other instructors his company has produced. I have seen Rebecca referred to as "a female Marcus," which is a great description. Her style of teaching, as well as her style of choreography in general are very similar to that of Marcus. Like Marcus, Rebecca loves to mambo, cha cha, and twirl. If you don't, you might as well stop reading now, because this workout isn't for you. If you're an intensity junkie who doesn't want to bother with a workout that isn't killer, this workout isn't for you. If, however, you're a choreography lover who likes to let their inner dancer out to play every now and then, and, oh yeah, get a moderate intensity workout at the same time, READ ON! This workout is 50 minutes and has no warmup or cooldown. Buildup of intensity is pretty gradual, so I don't feel the need to add a warmup, but the length makes it so one would be easy to add one on without making the workout unreasonably long. It is the usual dark set with monitors in the back displaying swirling colors. The music, while not of stellar quality, is enjoyable. There is a lot of crossover in music in the Evolution series of workouts, so the music was familiar. Production values aren't as high as CIAs, but better than Sara City workouts. As stated earlier, this isn't a killer intensity workout, but gosh, is it ever fun! Rebecca's cues are right on, and really make it seem natural to be flowing through these complex combos. There's not much high impact at all, although there are places where it could be modified upward to increase intensity. My one complaint is that there's no taking it from the top putting all of the combos together. Once you finish a combo, it's gone forever. I know some people would see that as a plus, but I always love best the sections where instructors put a bunch of combos together from the very beginning of the workout and run through it 2 or 3 times. I borrowed this workout from a fellow VFer, and it is now on my wish list, along with any other workouts Rebecca has out there!
Rebecca is upbeat without being overly perky. Her cueing is excellent, and makes even complex choreography easier to follow.
February 19, 2005