2 Fast 2 Furious Hilo Jam

David Van DeVelde
Year Released: 2006

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

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I’m reviewing this workout after doing it once.

General workout breakdown: This hi/lo or floor aerobics workout runs about 73 min. The moves are primarily your typical hi/lo aerobics fare (chasses, repeaters, hamstring curls), with a hefty dose of dance flavor, so expect lots of mambos, cha chas, spins, etc. As with pretty much all Evolutions, expect some filler steps (marches, step touches, etc.) while the next part of the combo or layer is explained. You learn five blocks of choreography, which are all strung together. Expect lots of TIFTing (taking it from the top).
There’s no real warm-up, although David starts things off slowly, and there’s no cool-down.

Level: I’d recommend this to at least intermediate exercisers who are fully comfortable with complex choreography. The choreography isn’t all that tricky, but it’s certainly not simple, as it keeps getting built up into layers and combos and finally the whole routine. And it does come at you fast and furious at times.

Class: 1 other instructor joins David, who instructs live. Lindsey also wears a microphone, for the usual slightly awkward Evolution background exerciser - instructor interchange. (“How are we feeling?” “OK.” … “From the top! Yes or no?” “Yeah.”)

Music: upbeat (mostly) instrumental stuff, with kind of an urban edge. It’s better than the average video fare, but you may have heard some of it before, especially if you do lots of Evolutions.

Set: the kind of industrial-looking interior set from the last few rounds of Evolution videos. It has a darkish blue background with a couple of big white screens and a few TV screens with the Evolution E.

Production: clear picture and sound, although the latter is on the quiet side. Most of the camera angles are helpful, but there are a few close ups of faces when you need to see feet.

Equipment: sneakers, preferably ones that pivot (like dansneakers / dance sneakers / split sole sneakers or an old pair with a piece of slick tape over the bottom of the toes).

Space Requirements: more is better. I have 8’ x 6’, and I could certainly fill up that space without much effort (I’m 5’8”).

DVD Notes: After a long intro (which you can skip), the main menu offers you a few chapters: Block 1, Block 2, Block 3, Blocks 4 & 5, From the Top, Evolution previews, and Free2Be previews.

Comments: Overall this workout is low impact, although there are plenty of spins.

Instructor Comments:
David instructs clearly and copiously, and he mirror cues. I like how he indicates which leg is leading and specifies how to turn (e.g. to the outside right). He has a jolly personality, but he’s focused all on the workout, with no extraneous chatter. His Belgian accent is easy to understand once you get into the flow of it. He teaches primarily by showing (the “watch me” method), either while you’re in a holding pattern or layering during a run through.