G-Force Cardio StepRob Glick, Patrick Goudeau, Darrin Grove
Year Released: 2000
Categories: Step Aerobics
This is not my favorite G-Force step tape, but it is nevertheless fun and definitely a keeper. The format is traditional G-Force: each takes a turn teaching a segment, and at the end, you put all three parts together. There is something new in this one, though. They "split" the routine for the final run-through (thank you!). Splitting is where you do Routine 1 right-side, Routine 2 left, Routine 3 right, and then start over with Routine 1 but on the left. I've gotten so used to doing it that way in other videos, it doesn't seem natural anymore to not do it. But this is the first time the G-Force has done it that way. I think it's more fun and flows better. There is one criticism I have of the G-Force, and it's not just this tape but some of their other tapes, too. They always start out by showing you base moves, and then you build on adding various levels of complexity. That's great - it makes it easy to learn. But sometimes when they tell you you can choose to stay at a certain level or add the next modification, you really can't. It will be okay to do so at that point, but then you find later in the routine that if you don't do the more complex level, then you're on the wrong foot, or on the wrong side of the bench or something. There's one part in this tape that this happens (that I know of), and one in a previous step tape. When it comes up, I want to say, "Hey, that's not fair!" If they would pay better attention to that, their workouts would be absolutely perfect. But I'm gonna buy 'em anyway! Grade A.
The G-Force guys are some of my all-time favorite instructors. They're just so much fun to work out with. Even on days I don't really feel like working out, if I pop in a G-Force tape, I'm soon in a great mood having a blast.