G-Force SuperstepRob Glick, Patrick Goudeau, Darrin Grove
Year Released: 2001
Categories: Step Aerobics
I got this Monday, and have done it 3 times already (today is Saturday). It's that good. This is G-Force's best ever, both in choreography and in fun factor. There are three combos, each taught by a different G. They're all complex, but broken down very well with not too much breaking down (which has sometimes been a problem in the past). Rob starts first with a neat little combo that takes you all around the step. I stumbled a little at first trying to get his mambo-straddle piece, but did eventually get it without too much frustration. Then it's Darrin's turn. His combo incorporates a really fun move called a quick-tap (which really isn't a tap). It's a blast. At one point, he says to the other G's, "Should we show them what we've got?" There's a dead silence, and then the other two crack up. I can't help but crack up myself every time, even though I know it's coming. Finally, it's Patrick's turn. As any G-Force fan would expect, Patrick's is the most complex. But completely do-able. It looks harder when you watch it. At the end, you run through all 3 twice, then you split it and do it twice again. For the grand finale, you do one run-through of combos 1, 2, 3, and then 3, 2, 1. The workout goes by extremely fast. I'm always surprised when it's over. (It's about 55 minutes including the warmup and cooldown.)
The intensity ranges from intermediate to advanced, with most of it being in the low-advanced area. The music is great -- nothing new, but some good stuff. One of the songs is one of my favorites from Christi's Hi/Lo Heaven.
Now, the toughest test of all: How does this compare against Christi's Step Heaven and Still Steppin'? I think most here would agree that Christi has set the standard for excellence in both step and high/low. Most tapes out there couldn't begin to compare with Christi's, but Superstep is one that can realistically be compared. So to answer the question "Is this as fun as Christi's?", the answer is ... Yes! Absolutely -- it's a total blast. Is it as intense? No, it's not as intense aerobically, but it's great in that area nonetheless. Choreographically, I think they're both about equal, but Christi does have a slight edge in the teaching category. Bottom line, if you like Christi's step, you're probably going to like this too. A++++.
It's interesting to see how the G's have evolved since their first set of workouts. Rob's downfall early on was too much breakdown and poor cueing in some circumstances. Patrick's was a mixture of too much breakdown sometimes and not enough sometimes. Darrin really didn't have too much going against him unless you count that "scruffy" look he used to go for :)
It looks like they've paid attention to the reviews and really worked to improve in the areas they've been criticized for. Rob's paying more attention to cueing, Patrick isn't overwhelming (or underwhelming us) anymore -- he's right in the middle, and all of them are avoiding having too much breakdown. It's really paid off with this workout, which I'm sure is destined to reach the VF Hall of Fame.