G-Force Hi/Lo ChallengeRob Glick, Patrick Goudeau, Darrin Grove
Year Released: 1997
Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance
I wonder if it could be a crime to have this much fun. If so, I'll happily go to jail for it (as long as I can take this tape with me)!
Everything -- the music, the choreography, the personalities, the teaching -- is just great! Well, ALMOST everything. I think the set is horrible. It's a warehouse, dark and gloomy. But when I start doing the tape, I don't notice it anymore, so I can live with it.
The intensity level is intermediate/advanced, and the choreography is complex. I don't consider this a dancy tape, but the steps involve some fast footwork and a lot of turns. With the excellent build-ups of the steps given by the G's, I had absolutely no trouble learning any of the moves. For those who do, it's incredibly easy to modify -- you can just keep doing the previous variation.
The G's teach a complicated move by first doing a basic pattern, then "upping" it two or three times to more advanced levels. The next variation just smoothly flows from the previous one. I really like this style of teaching. I find I don't get lost as much.
One drawback that some people may not like is that you often step-touch between iterations of the routines. It's not enough to bring your heart rate too far down, but I know some people don't like that. I don't mind, I'm having too much fun!
The tape starts out with a vigorous warmup, actually a mini-routine, so you get your heart rate up right from the start. The actual aerobics are about 45-50 minutes long, and the total tape is just a little over an hour.
If you want to have a great time, and are not afraid of a little complexity, I highly recommend this. I give it an A+.
The G's are just awesome. There's no other word to describe them. Their personalities, choreography, teaching skills, and cueing are all superb. In this tape, I think Rob could use a slight improvement in his cueing, but I think maybe he was just having an off day. It wasn't bad, just not as timely as it could be.