Choreography 2 Go: AerobicsMarcus Irwin
Year Released: 1999
Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance
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(This review is almost and exact copy of my Choreography 2 Go: Step review, so if you've read that, you don't need to read this. My feelings about both tapes were the same.)
If this had been my first hi/lo video from Marcus I probably would have been happy with it. The choreography is good and Marcus is great. However, I would never choose to this video before his other workouts.
This was his first choreography tape released (along with the step) and is a little different than his more recent tapes. The set is different - it looks like a concrete floor with a large very dark curtain for the background. The music is also from a previous CIA series, and I am sick of that music. There are no combo numbers in the corner and I got lost counting the combos. I think there were about 15 or 16 combos. The workout is approximately 60 minutes long and doesn't include a warm-up or cooldown.
I felt like I had seen most of the choreography before. In his later tapes, he uses many pieces from this workout and improves on it, so I would just prefer to do one of the later workouts, like Xtra Flow Hi/Lo or Quick Fix Hi/Lo.
The one reason you might want to try this tape is you can get it for less money. It is still a fun workout and might be a great intro to Marcus if you don't want to purchase a full price tape.
This hour-plus high/low workout is geared toward instructors, but is a full-length workout (minus the warmup and cooldown). It's not as advanced as his more recent Quick Fix Hi/Lo, either in choreography or intensity. It's still a fun workout, though, and Marcus makes it easy to follow even on the more tricky routines. You don't get bored, because he teaches a routine and then moves on to another one. The sound quality in this one is much better than in Quick Fix Hi/Lo (which was muffled), but I would still recommend Quick Fix over this one if you had to choose between the two. Quick Fix is more fun and offers better choreography and intensity. I still have to give this one an A, though.
Marcus is brilliant at making complicated choreography easy, without being slow about it. His routines are athletic (as opposed to dancy) and they flow incredibly well. He builds the choreography so that the next level of complexity seems perfectly natural, and before you know it, you're doing something quite complicated. I can't think of any other instructor who can do this as well as Marcus.