G-Force SuperstepRob Glick, Patrick Goudeau, Darrin Grove
Year Released: 2001
Categories: Step Aerobics
This has been out for a year or so, but it is fairly new to me and I wanted to add my general comments. To put this review into perspective, I am new to complex step tapes, and I have never done a G-Force workout before, so it took me about 5 tries before I got all the moves. I imagine that those more familiar with complex choreography and the G-Force would have much less difficulty.
The workout is really enjoyable from start to finish. Patrick starts with a dancy warmup, mostly on the step. Each combo is led by a different instructor, and all did a fine job of cuing. For some reason, I picked up Darrin and Patrick's sections most quickly, and found Rob's was the most difficult to learn. This was a lack of coordination on my part. At first, I kept ending up on the wrong foot after his extension move, which threw me off for his entire combo, but I finally got it. I really like the part where you cross your foot off the step and then go into a mambo straddle. But my absolute favorite move comes during Patrick's combo, where you walk off the step, do a knee-up, hop and turn, then straddle the step. Darrin leads the cooldown and stretch. The stretch could have been a bit longer I think, but since I stretch on my own afterwards, this is no big deal.
The music is great. It is mostly R & B/funk tunes from the 70s and 80s, and reminds me somewhat of the music in Hi-lo Heaven. Actually, one of the songs is the same. Although some of the moves require impact and power it is possible to modify most of them if you don't like to jump all the time. This workout also makes a fun floor routine that doesn't require much space, if you aren't in the mood for stepping. So far, the workout has really met my needs--it is challenging, yet not frustrating or undoable. Most importantly, it is fun.
I really, really like all of these guys. They have put together a good routine, and they teach it well. They have a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and seem to have as much fun as I do with the workout. It is obvious that they have often worked together and they have a great rapport. The G's tease each other and banter back and forth at times, in the way that guys do when they're just hanging out. Perhaps some would be annoyed by this, but I find it amusing, and it hasn't become tiresome after repeat viewings.
I must say that I was particularly impressed with Patrick Goudeau--I don't know whether it was his neat choreography, or his personality or what, but he's just awesome. I have heard he has some new workouts coming out soon, and I am excited about giving them a try. I would also love to see some solo efforts by Rob and Darrin in the future, as well as more G-Force workouts.