G-Force Ultimate Step

Rob Glick, Patrick Goudeau, Darrin Grove
Year Released: 1997

Categories: Step Aerobics

I'm here to defend this tape, though I have to preface this review by saying I am two months pregnant and am easily winded so I can't accurately judge the intensity though I'd guess high intermeidate/low advanced. One of the reason that I really like it right now is that unlike CF tapes, it's very easily modified to low impact, which is all I am doing right now. That said, I have to say I really, really like this tape. With three instructors each teaching a segment, it goes very quickly. After the second segment, the first two are combined and after Patrick's third section, all three are done a couple of times through. The choreography is not as tough as in Patrick's 9001 but there are a few tricky parts, including a some kind of change lunge repeater that I didn't pick up the first time through and some steps that I actually have not seen before, like Patrick's step back and down on an on-the-step sidestep.. I thought it flowed well and didn't contain any really dull moves, and there were a lot of power options. If I have any complaint, it's that the first guy (don't remember if it's Rob or Darrin) repeats his intial move a few too many times, but once you're through that, it moves pretty quickly. Also, there is basically no cooldown; instead they move right into a stretch to Michael Jackson's Heal the World. All in all, a keeper for me. The tape is worth it just for Patrick, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the whole package.

Instructor Comments:
I really like having male instructors as a change of pace; it just seems like they have a different take on choreography that makes their routines seem fresh and not full of the usual standbys. I didn't find any of them annoying and they certainly don't whoop. Of course, I bought the tape primarily for Patrick G and he didn't disappoint.

Donna Kahwaty