This video three workouts in one video (an
excellent value). All three instructors have excellent
cueing skills, fun personalities, and their own unique
style. Experienced instructors, very likeable. The first
segment is step with Rob Glick. Interesting choreography,
not too complex, but just enough to keep your attention.
The second segment is my favorite--hi/low with Patrick
Goudeau. He is a former National Aerobic Champion. This
section is very choreographed with many turns, hops,
kicks, and directional changes. Extremely fun routine.
The next section is Funk with Darren Grove. I like his
style because he is very relaxed--again choreographed,
but easy to follow. All three instructors have excellent
teaching skills, and the music is great. Very innovative,
highly recommended for those who like fun and interesting
Absolutely fantastic! The video has three sections, in
this order: step, high/low, and funk high/low. Each
section is a full 30 minutes, and there's a separate
warm-up and cool-down at the beginning and end.
The step workout is led by Rob Glick. Man, can that
guy jump! His power moves are *very* powerful! The
choreography is advanced, but it's pretty easy to pick up
because he cues so well. There's still one step I have
trouble with, but I did a lot better last time! (It's the
one-and-two-and-three-tap-slide step.) The intensity is
advanced as well. Rob's workout deserves an A+.
My favorite section is the high/low taught by Patrick
Goudeau. I'd love to see this made into a full-hour
class. Great moves, great music, and a great workout!
This choreography is advanced as well, but again, Patrick
is such a good instructor that you can pick it up easily.
Since I ranked the step section an A+, I have to give
this one an A++ because I like it even better.
I personally hate the last section, funk, by Darrin
Grove. It's too complicated for me, but any funk-lovers
out there will surely like it. It's *very* complex, and I
have finally given up. I just get frustrated trying to do
it, so I'll expend my energy doing something *I* think is
fun! It's much more complicated than, say, Carol
Lapidus-Scott's funk workout, which is more of an
intermediate choreography. If I had to give this section
a grade, I'd say D, but I know a funk-lover would
probably give it an A or A+.
Overall, I highly recommend this tape. Even if you
don't like one of the sections, you still get a full hour
of high-intensity, FUN cardio. This has become one of my
After doing the G Force Ultimate Hi/Lo tape and being
very disappointed, I wasn't looking forward to their
first tape "G Force Cardio" but I was
pleasantly surprised. This tape has three segments. The
first segment is stepping and it is 30 minutes of
intricate steps and a lot of fun. My favorite is the
hi/lo section with Patrick G. He is my favorite of the G
Force. His hi/lo is very intense and instead of too many
marches in place, he does side steps which is much better
in keeping my heart rate up. This is about 32 minutes
long and lots of fun. He is a very tall, athletic and
graceful instructor. Section 3 is Funk, and I didn't even
do it, since this is not my style. But the first two
sections give you over 60 minutes of fun on and off the
step. It was much better than Ultimate Hi/Lo.
No wonder G-Force has made so many tapes together - these guys have a lot
of talent. Ultimate Cardio Workout was their very first effort, and it
packs a lot into one tape. There are three separate cardio sections - a 32
minute step section, 33 minute hi/lo, and 30 minute funk, with an 8 minute
warmup and short cooldown. Unlike their subsequent tapes, each "G" leads
an entire segment - that is, Rob teaches the step, Patrick leads hi/lo, and
Darin does the funk, instead of trading off after each progression.
Overall, I really enjoy this tape. The choreography is complex - as you'd
expect - but it is definitely well taught, well cued, and doable. Patrick
in particular "tones down" his famously impossible choreography to
something much more accessible to the average aerobicizer. And all three
of them are friendly and seem to be having a great time together, which
makes it seem a little more like I'm part of the workout party!
Some more of the good things about this tape - Rob's step choreography and
his amazing jumping ability (he really catches some air!), though I don't
think the tape really captures his sparkling personality. Also Patrick's
deft hi/lo choreography and his gracefulness are very much in evidence. He
is such a fun instructor!
I should note I never do the funk portion of this tape. The choreography
looks like a lot of fun, and I'm sure it'd be terrific for those blessed
with the "funk" gene. I can do dancy, but funk is where I find my limit.
I should also note that the "costumes" that they wear for the funk segment
- Orlando Heat basketball jerseys - are already starting to look a little
But even without the funk segment, you still have a solid 60+ minutes of
terrific step and hi/lo. This is definitely a tape worth owning.