First off - I can't believe how right I guessed the major moves for this release. I basically hit each track right!
Anyhow - let's get this review going. This release is very upbeat overall with two huge pushes in the peak tracks. Starting with the warm-up, we bring this workout alive with an incredibly emotional, powering and euphoric song. I really do like this release, but I think as a whole - 93 was better. Keep in mind, 93 is one of my favorite releases of all time with almost a total of 11 songs that I would use again.
The biggest differences between BA93 and BA94 are many, while 93 focused a lot on staying with one move for a long time - this release focuses on big moves to pump the heart rate. I feel like some tracks are harder in 94, because we do huge moves to lift the heart rate, while some tracks in 93 were harder cause of the amount of time we did stay with one move.
Track 1. Warm Up "Feel Alive (Klaas Edit) - Newclaess" Is this the most motivating warm up ever? I think yes. I get goosebumps, I get motivated and I feel like I find new energy just listening to this track. Super simple warm up with moves that gradually grows in time with the music and the heart rate. We do squats, hovers, running and step-touching, a few pushups and that's basically it. We get our bodies ready, minds ready and we thank god that this song is good enough to make us forget all about the quite repetitive choreography. This, although, leaves room for getting participants ready and stoked for the upcoming hour - less technique focus, more fun and chatting! Rating: 7.5/10 Highlight: THE MUSIC.Track 2. Mixed Impact "Focus - Power Music" Probably... My favorite track of this release! What a fun track two, the music is more powerful than we're used to, the work is more powerful but the Mixed Impact feeling is still there. We do step-curls, gallops and side-step runs, all in perfect union with the music - ah! I remember the first time I did this track, couldn't stop smiling, it really appeals to me! From what I've heard, my fellow colleagues love it too. The side step combination is absolutely incredible, it fits the music well, it fits the workout well and it's just riding on that euphoric energy wave from track one. Rating: 9/10 Highlight: The various styles of feelings throughout this track.
Track 3. Aerobis "My House - Power Music" This release is up to this track a bigger cardiovascular challenge than 93 was, this one is not an exception. We have a Square pattern run combination that really lifts energy and heart rate to new heights, each block of work contains 32 jacks, 16 before the square pattern, 16 after. I like how we get to do a cross arms with heel digs again, it's been too long! Just as track one, simple choreography that leaves room for fun coaching to lift participants. Rating: 8/10 Highlight: The heel dig pattern, don't ask me why though.
Track 4. Plyometrics "Bring The Beat - Bassjackers" First peak of this release, and...wow. This one is through the roof - 128(!) lunges, 32 skaters, Two High-knee sprints, Ski Jumps, Squat Jumps, High knee runs. WITHOUT anything in between. No resting, no pausing - just one move after another. We've got two huge rounds of work that really maxes our cardiac stamina, our leg strength and our overall fitness. This track starts out with 4x skaters forward to a high knee run, we do this combo four times and move straight into a squat jump stall. The pace picks up, the squat stalls turn to side - side jumps, to ski jumps, to high knees. As we know, that's not the last part - we've got 64 lunges to finish the first block, and then we get to do it all again! It's all fun and games! Rating: 8/10 Highlight: THE MUSIC IS POWERFUL PERFECTION!
Track 5. Athletic Strength "Sax - Fleur East" For the first time since our format change, track five is not a deep electronic song, but a jazzy upbeat pop tune. And what a welcome change, this track is so much fun. We get to do functional strength for out legs with a first combination of lunge pulses to a single leg deadlift - meaning our upper body bends toward the floor and out back foot rises to the roof. We get to do some corkscrew pushups, tricep and regular pushup combinations, some jumping lunges (yes, in a track 5!). This track really pushes my arm strength, the combination of three pushups to a stall really challenges as you have to stop and start from the bottom to push your body up. I like this one a lot, nice change from the deep electronic music! Rating: 9/10 Highlight: The push up combination!
Track 6. Running "Sweet Lovin' - Power Music" Here's one track that had all the potential but falls flat to me. I think the choreography doesn't do this track justice at all honestly. My least favorite track of the release has a choreography that repeats over and over again, with the change for a burpee instead of two squats at the very end. I had hopes for this one, but sadly it doesn't appeal to me. I like the song a lot, the issue here for me is how much we stay out of the group and just focusing on the strength. I want my running tracks to bring people together and get them to spread their energy to each other. Rating: 4/10 Highlight: The In and Out running, which we do four times in total...haha.
Track 7. Agility "Push It Again (Club Mix) - DJ Lawless vs. Oliver Swab. Gem Gem GEM! Holy moses this hurts your calves in never before seen levels. Power, speed and agility are the key focuses of this track, and we get a huge does of them all. Power with the snowboard jumps (many of them), speed from the ladder runs (crazy amount of ladder drills) and agility thanks to the square pattern bounce (sporty sporty mucho loco). The song is fun, the work is fun and it pushes our bodies to a new level of speed. Track 7's really have been coming together nicely form BA91 and onwards, nice to see the trend carried on to this release. I think this will be a crowd favorite, and one of those "classic memorable tracks" as for instance "She Wolf" from #82 is. Rating: 8.5/10 Highlight: Square Pattern Bounce, nice interactions!
Track 8. Intervals "Show Me Love (Nick Skitz & Technoposse Remix) - Project Black" And since we mentioned it before, this will definitely be one of the most memorable tracks from this release. An anthem, an energetic, dramatic and powerful song with simple choreography to make sure the music takes a stronghold of this track rather than the instructor being the main focus (I am looking at you "I Am The Night"). We have zero side-flicks in this track, zero knee pulls and zero arm patterns. It's just a Kick and Clap track from start to finish. And you know what? It doesn't matter. This is one of those tracks where it's best to raise the volume and turn the microphone off for a while, to just feel the BODYATTACK-love. Incredibly powerful track. Rating: 9/10 Highlight: Turning up the volume and turning off the microphone.
Track 9. Power "Fuel - A Brave and Startling Truth" This is a first of it's kind in this concept, we do a "TRTE" workout, Total rest, Total Effort, meaning we rest between sets to make sure we can pump it all out in our effort block. We have three rounds where we alternate one move with high knees, each move has a new focus to make sure you get stronger while performing. Each round of work starts out with a burpee to mountain climber, and from there we do 16 counts of one move, 16 of the other, repeat it and finish of with a high knee sprint. This track is a struggle, but you definitely feel stronger thanks to the total rest breaks betweens sets. Not my favorite track 9, but definitely one of the sweatier ones in history... not tougher than Riot though. Rating: 7/10 Highlight: The last combo, one that we haven't had since release 85.
Track 10. Core. "Fast Car (Club Edit) - Jonas Blue Feat. Dakota" Another recognizable song, with fitting moves that works the core in a great way. I like the way this track builds from being an integrated track, to an isolated track - it doesn't feel like we switch at the beat, it feels like we switch gradually - nice! I love pointers, cause they really teach our bodies to brace and extend, letting our posterior chain muscles work hard to stabilize. I really like how we go down to a tricep push-up and then turn it into a hover, instead of just making the transition right away - it makes this track more fun! The work is overall very functional and i think that is what we have most use for in our everyday life. This is a great track! Rating: 8/10.
Track 11. Cool Down "Torches - Daughtry" ...To late is not a thing, we just gotta be stronger. I'll leave it right there. Perfect way to cool down to an awesome workout! Rating: 9/10.
That's the review, a strong release overall with one sole let down. Can't wait to see what I think in three months from now. Haven't tried bodyattack yet? Check at LesMills website where you can take these classes! Leave any questions, thoughts e.t.c down in the comments...