HEY. Long time no see.
I honestly forgot (oops) to write a review for this release. But now's a perfect time for writing one, when we've moved on from release 95 to 96, and I can share my final thoughts on this release.
I tend to place my releases into three various categories,
The Growers, releases that get better over time. The Favorites, releases that I think are perfect from start to finish. And then there's the third category, The Droppers, releases that start out great but quickly turn flat, 95 was just that, I loved every track by the time that I got my hands on this release, but as for right now, there's not much in this release that I miss (probably because 96 belongs to the favorites.)
There were a couple of nuggets in 95, and I will probably re-use 3/4 tracks.
Track 01 - Warm Up. Gho$t - "Ready Or Not Here I Come". This track is probably my favorite in this release, it's straight forward, it has great music and it engages every muscle-group in our bodies. I love how it feels kind of old school with the "Push Pull Arms", I like how the transitions are smooth and I like how participants seem to feel their bodies engage in every move. Very easy to coach with great room to show options and to pre cue. Great track that I will use again for sure. Rating: 8/10
Track 02 - Mixed Impact. Digital Planet - "Do It Right". I like this track, once again, I like how it's straight forward and that there's a clear focus in this track. Basic moves with some running, bouncing, step curls and gallops. The major move in this track though is the Squat Lunge combo, and I think it fires up your thighs with just the right amount of lactic acid. The very last round differs from the previous ones, where we run forward and bounce 180, and later on, adding the arms from track one. I like this, because it brings some fun into this track, building some energy for the aerobic track. Rating: 7/10Track 03 - Aerobics. Everglaze - "Together Forever". This track personifies my feelings for this release, I loved this track at first,- but after a short time I found myself mixing this track away. I felt like there was nothing left to say, nor do, when this track came. It fell flat. We do single knees, Bow-Tie runs, Jumping Jacks and that's about it. I've came to realization that I haven't really enjoyed tracks with a Bow-Tie lately (Bodyattack 88 and this release). Anyway, this track was basically my jam that I overdosed and now I can't stand it. Rating: 5/10
Track 04 - Plyometrics. DJ Mikesh & DJ Neo - "No Alternative (Dancecore Edit)". This track is pure madness, with 144 plyo lunges, it's no joke. The track consists of four rounds, each round harder than the other. We start off the first three rounds the exact same way with easy three-step runs, that turn in to athletic three-steps, that turn into Three-Step Power Run. Then, the madness starts. We do 16 single lunges and 8 double lunges in our first round, 16s, 8d, 16s in our second round and finally 16s 8d 16s 8d in the third round. Right after the third round we go to our three step power run (basically a three step run with a skater jump to change direction), and finish the track off with 32 singles. Youwza, this is one challenge. I will use this track again for sure. It's pure pain. Rating: 8/10
Track 05 - Athletic Strength. Loca Noise feat. Brooklyn Bounce - "Run It (MNS & Selecta Remix)". Whoa. Now heres one of those tracks that physically drains you. This is, according to me, the second most intense track 5's since our format change. I mean, the blocks for our legs are not as hard as normal, but the upper body work is killer. This track starts off with a single legged inch-worm plank, that transitions into 7x Mountain Climbers 2x Tricep Push Ups. These moves are just great functional training moves, and the real challenge in this track is when the 15s. "AMRAP" challenge kicks in. Holy moly, this is really pushing the limit, making the upper body a lot stronger. I really like this track five, it delivers exactly what you expect, and participants seem to like it too. Rating: 8.5/10
Track 06 - Running. Power Music - "Good To Be Alive".
This track is basically one of those tracks that doesn't excite you, but isn't necessarily bad either. It's a very laid back running track with some sprinter knees to engage muscles, but other than that there are no stand out's in this one. I would LOVE to add the claps as we run to the center, I feel like that would make this track a whole lot more fun, but since that's not the choreography, it's not allowed. Conclusion: This track was mixed out quite fast. Rating: 6/10
Track 07 - Agility. Phil Glava & The Shirk Reloaded - "Nervous Breakdown vs. Pump It Up (Disco Freak Remix)". Yes!!!! This track is such a home run. I love the clear focus and the idea behind this track, and how it really shines through. Moving fast in various directions, which we get to do with a great sports feeling and some heavy beats too. I really like the ladder run forward and fast sprint back, as this makes the ladder run a more interesting move than it normally is, and people at classes seem to really get their game-faces on. I feel like this is super fun to coach because it's easy to use the sports coach-instructions in this one, and people go BERSERK when I tell them to compete who can pass their opponent first. Rating: 8/10
Track 08 - Intervals. Power Music - "One Call Away". Meh. I mean, if the song was powerful, this would be like the best track eight ever, but this song is so boring. And music drives movement, but there's no drive to this song, there's just a sound in the background. Which is a shame, imagine this choreography to, say, "I See The Light." I would not mind. Now I know there's a reason for this track being more chill than usual, but I think that when track eight has some good beats, it get's you more pumped and filled with endorphins than this track does. Flashlight, being the perfect example - super easy choreography with little -to no challenge, but a great song. This is my least favorite of this release, sadly. Rating: 4/10
Track 09 - Power. Showtek & Noisecontrollers - "Get Loose (Tiesto Remix)". One more track that I liked the first couple of times that I did it, but it got less interesting as time passed. I really like the pushes, as they are both powerful and challenging, but the parts between the hard work are really monotone and there are zero lyrics to hook into. Conclusion: I love the hard work (Knees to corner + Squats, Burpee, Burpee Tuck), but that's it. Rating: 6.5/10
Track 10 - Core Conditioning. Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna - "This Is What You Came For". I love when other programs make a guest appearance in BODYATTACK. And this one really breathes CXworx, as an instructor of that concept, I love this track. The Bolt move is a great way to engage more core-muscles and train your reactive core (through pushing harder and bracing faster), which is training that is easy to apply some real life situations to motivate participants. Just an overall good core track. Rating: 8/10
Track 11 - Cooldown. Justin Timberlake - "Can't Stop The Feeling!". A great cool down, with some time to just chill out at the end of the track which I enjoy. It gives some time to do that extra chatting with participants before audio silence. Great lyrics, and a strong finish to a sweaty workout. Rating: 8/10
It's an okay release with some more than okay moments. It's sweaty, especially from track 7->9. It's less choreography than usual, with longer sequences for each move. This was a great release to start BODYATTACKING, as you got to try basically each move, and do it lots and lots of time. Cause in 96 (which feels kind of old school), there are a lot of various combinations and patterns.
Have an awesome day/night
Stay tuned, BODYATTACK 96 review coming soon!