Step Quest

Marcos Prolo

Categories: Step Aerobics


On cardio work, I am an intermediate to advanced exerciser who enjoys with complex choreography at some level. After trying many different cardio workouts with varying complexity, I have found that I enjoy many different workouts, but my absolute favorites are those that many complexity lovers on VF would classify as intermediate because the instructor takes awhile to build combinations and/or explains more than the most complex instructors (like Christi, Patrick, or Andre).

This workout has four combinations and he builds each one and then TIFTs with the combinations that came before it. So, you learn combination #1 and then #2 and TIFT. Then, you add #3 and TIFT and then repeat the process with #4 followed by TIFTing from the top. In each one, he builds the combination on the first side and then teaches it on the other side more quickly. He can string a bunch of moves one after the other and leave me wondering how they are all going to interconnect. Then, he rearranges some stuff, deletes some moves, and leads me to the ďAhaĒ moment when they all just flow from one to the other in a really fun, satisfying way. He is a really good cuer and leads you in the direction you should go and to the foot you should be on. Whenever I chose the wrong foot, I immediately knew it because I was going the wrong direction and I heard him saying the other foot. It rarely happened though.

>From the beginning of the warm up until the beginning of the cool down, the workout lasts 54 minutes. This fills a need I have for long workouts with a good level of intensity, but not so much that I canít last the entire workout. For people who like things to move quickly with a high level of intensity, this workout might not meet their needs.

This is an older Sara City workout, so the production values are not great. The set looks like the corner of a workout room and Marcos does the workout on his own. The music was a little soft and not much to notice anyway Ė instrumental and it kept the beat. I recognized parts of it from other workouts. If those things are important to you, beware. For those that are familiar with it, it is the same set as in his hi/lo workout Aerobics to Go. You need a little bit of space around the step to walk around it or to step off the side of the step, but you donít need much space beyond the step for this workout.

Instructor Comments:
He is a really, really good cuer. I feel like I'm in the room with him leading the workout as we discuss whether I'm with him or not and whether we want to do that section again.

Laura S.

09/16/2005