Step Gone Wild

Rob Glick
Year Released: 2006

Categories: Step Aerobics

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Iím reviewing this workout after doing it once.

General workout breakdown: Stacie has already described and broken down this workout very well. Iíll just flesh out a few more details:
- Times: The warm-up lasts about 12 min., the main body of the workout is 65 min. (combo 1 is 17 min., combo 2 is just under 13 min., combo 3 and the weaving together of all three combos into a big combo 1 are 12.5 min., combo 4 and the preparation for the final run-through are just over 20 min., and all together lasts 3.5 min.), and the cool-down / stretch is just under 8 min. So the total running time of the workout is almost 85 min.
- The warm-up: Rob teaches three short parts to this combo, does some dynamic stretches for the lower and upper body, and then adds in the final layer to the warm-up combo, which never reappears, although Rob reuses the name for one of the warm-up moves for a slightly different one in the workout itself.
- All 4 combos together: Rob does do a final cut / weave / slice & dice with ďCombo 1Ē (aka the first three combos worked in together) followed immediately by Combo 2 (aka Combo 4). Like everything else, this is TIFTed 2-3x.
- The cool-down: As Stacie says, this starts with a very basic combo just to get your heartrate down (taps on the step, alternating knees), then moves into shoulder rolls, a few yoga-inspired stretches (a side angle-type pose, a runnerís lunge), before moving into more athletic stretches for the hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves.
- Robís teaching style: Rob teaches symmetrical, tapless (although expect lots of knees to change sides) blocks, alternating between sides. Rob layers up the complexity from basic steps. When a combo has more than one part, Rob will condense the parts when he adds them together, often only taking one pass through and then cutting out the part that transitioned to the other side Ė this is where the funky counts come in, because Rob actually teaches 8- and 16-counts, but heíll rearrange them when theyíre all together so that one might be 7 and the next 9, for example.
- Impact, etc.: This isnít entirely low impact; both feet will leave the ground together from time to time, but itís certainly not high impact like Cathe Friedrich, Mindy Mylrea, etc. You can keep it a little lower or add a little oomph, but this will never be one thatgets a lot of intensity from the impact. There are a number of full and partial pivots plus some twists, so be careful if your knees really donít like torque.

Level: Iíd also recommend this to intermediate / advanced steppers experienced with complex choreography, although more intermediate level steppers who love complex choreo could make it through this, too, tackling the first three blocks and working up to all four. I consider myself an int. / adv. exerciser who gets complex choreography easily, assuming itís taught well and makes sense, which is true here. I felt confident in the choreography after one runthrough, although I could stand to clean up one or two spots. The trickiest part about this choreography is the many directional changes; not only are you moving all over the step, even within each little section, but youíre also using only part of what was originally taught and/or performing it on a different side of the step. I agree that this isnít going to be one you turn to for intensity, but if youíre wlling to work your heart a little less and your brain a little more you will be rewarded.

Class: For the warm-up and workout, 1 woman and 1 man join Rob, who instructs live; Rob is alone for the cool-down, however. Considering at least one back-up exerciser appears to have just met Rob before filming (and may not speak English as a first language), they keep up well, but there are some mistakes. In general I had better luck following the woman when Rob was demonstrating the next layer. Oh, and theyíre not wearing mics, so no awkward comments from the peanut gallery or wooing here.

Music: upbeat mix of instrumentals and vocals. If you have a number of Evolutions, especially the more recent ones, youíve probably heard these tunes before. (In fact, a short promo for the soundtrack appears at the bottom of the screen during the first few seconds of the workout.)

Set: the kind of bare bones warehouse setting of the past few Evolution filmings, with screens and TV monitors with the spinning E along the back wall onto which green lights shine. I canít figure out why the fog machine goes off when it does; perhaps its operator was simply amusing him/herself by setting it off at random intervals. At least the fog never obscures any of the exercisers.

Production: clear picture and sound, with Robís voice audible over the music, which is also audible without having to crank up the volume. I loved the straight on camera angle but could have done without the alternate ones, like the one that cut off Robís feet or showed a close-up of Robís face or even a close-up of his feet, and one of the side angles wasnít thought clearly through, because there was a blindingly bright light that appeared right above Robís head. The transitions between shots arenít always smooth; sometimes thereís kind of a slow mo effect for a few seconds before the next shot cuts in. The revolving E screen pops up between some parts but not others, and Robís practically cut off at the end of the intro and the last stretch. And, yes, Evolution (not IDEA) tends to keep going through oopsies and doesnít go back and splice in another take (unless something really goes wrong). If you like a polished, slick product where you donít notice the production because itís so smooth, they may not be the company for you. This is kind of on the low side of whatís normal for Evolution, though, and itís too bad the production isnít superb here because of this videoís relatively wide release in the U.S., as it could have increased the market for Evolution videos on this soil.

Equipment: step (Rob & company use a full-sized club step with 1 set of risers) and sneakers that can pivot on your platform and flooring.

Space Requirements: Youíll be moving all around your step, so make sure you have room to work comfortably on all sides and corners, but this isnít quite the space hog it could be (especially in comparison to some of Robís own videos Ė I needed a little bit less space for this than I did for Amazing Step Styles).

DVD Notes: After a brief Evolution introduction, the main menu options are Play All, Introduction, Warm Up, Combination 1, Combination 2, Combination 3, Combination 4, Letís Go! All Together, and Special Features (Interview with Rob Glick, How to make an Evolution video?, Bonus blocks Ė here Robís Good to Go Hi/Lo, Marcus Irwinís Step Tools, Steve Boedtís Step Power, John Shehanís The Step Challenge, and Robert Steinbacherís Step Sensations, Credits, Evolution video previews, and Free2Be previews). Note that the cool-down is not chaptered separately; you have to go to the Letís Go! All Together chapter and fast forward through about 3.5 min. to get to it. This is a bit unfortunate as it would be nice to stop after the first three combos and then hit the cool-down on days when you only have about an hour for the workout.
Stacie writes that she has a plain white case, but mine is a standard Evolution cover, black DVD case with artwork, including photos and text, on a black background. I got my copy from someone who normally deals in Evolutions, so maybe copies at venues that donít normally carry Evolution titles, like Collage, are the ones arriving in alternate covers.

Comments: While many Evolution videos are made primarily for instructors, this one seems to be designed to be used as a workout, both with the inclusion of the warm-up and cool-down and the fairly high amount of run-throughs of individual parts and whole combos. Rob has a few short asides to instructors, however.

I wasnít expecting to like this for some reason (I think Iíve read too many comments say Robís teaching style makes it hard to pick things up and/or this one is too complicated or filmed too weirdly), but I do, so itís off my trade pile and on my shelves, where it belongs.
This has more turns and direction changes - and probably TIFTing - than the only other Rob step workout Iíve tried so far, Amazing Step Styles, but itís just within my realm of tolerance. (Robís companion Evolution floor aerobics video, Good to Go Hi/Lo, was just a bit too spin-intensive for me.)
Iím finding it hard to make a good comparison for Robís style here. Amazing Step Styles reminded me a lot of Christi Taylor, but this one, well, not so much. I definitely see that Robís been hanging out with Evolution instructors, although this doesnít quite compare with Marcus Irwin or Rebecca Smallís stuff, maybe more with some of the others. With the playing with counts I was kind of reminded of Kim Millerís CIA 2702 Aerobic Euphoria, but that one often ends on the 7th count and starts a new combo on the 8th (which trips up folks who want to be on the music); Rob stays on the music, so they arenít quite the same.

Instructor Comments:
Rob does a good job of cuing, although I wish he had included more specifics, like footfalls and especially direction (he uses few, if any directional cues, although I really liked when he said something to the effect of ďyour outside shoulder will turn in,Ē which helped a lot). He also uses the ďwatch meĒ method very well. Robís focus is on the choreography, but several times he mentions that as you get more comfortable with the routine you can boost your heartrate more. Thatís it for that kind of talk.
Rob has a pleasant, professional personality, but there are two odd things: One, he says ďFeels good, doesnít it?Ē when heís just done something funky that feels a little unusual (I feel like heís trying to convince you that itís really OK, and usually it works out in the end) and second in the introduction and final runthrough he makes some jokes that try to play off the Girls Gone Wild inspiration for the title that fell flat for me (Rob, probably not the wisest choice of things to joke aboutÖ). Fortunately thatís not a recurring theme during the actual workout, although Rob will urge you to let yourself go wild on some of the TIFTs, but itís never as bad as the ďthis is the move that will get you that bikini bodyĒ and ďyou couldnít do this with dumbbells, can you?Ē schtick on other videos. I have to say, though, that I didnít feel like Rob seemed out of it or like he was having a bad day or was even especially mistake-prone in the first half; if anything, I noticed the oopsies in cuing more in the second, but even still they were not enough to derail me. Donít forget, however, that Iím more used to Evolution productions and can only call myself a casual Rob fan.



If I were a low-impact person, I think I'd probably really like this. Rob does a lot of fun moves, and he's an excellent teacher, but my legs crave impact.

This workout is intermediate/advanced for intensity, with most of it being intermediate. Toward the end, after you're done learning everything, you can get your heart rate up higher.

During the first half or so, Rob seems to be having a bad day. He messes up several times. He jokes about it, and it doesn't set you back too much, but I really think the video should have been re-done. If it was just once or twice, it would be no big deal. But I don't know why they just didn't re-shoot it. And I think if I were Rob, I would have insisted!

Despite that, I still give the tape a B+. The reasons it's not an A are (1) the goof-ups described above and (2) a plain white cover. For $24.95, I think we're entitled to better!

Instructor Comments:
Rob Glick is extremely likeable and creative. He messes up quite a bit during the first part of this workout, though. It's not overly frustrating when he does so, but I think IDEA should have re-filmed it.

This is my first review, and I'll be going through the workout as I remember it. Here's a little more about me: I consider myself to be a fairly advanced exerciser who enjoys Cathe step and strength, Christi, Rob, Seasun, CIA, Patrick for step routines as well. Complex step choreography is great in my book, but I don't enjoy dancey hi/lo too much (ie. Patrick's hi/lo). I have done Step Gone Wild twice since I got it about a month ago. The workout clocks in at almost 90 minutes but the time just flies by! Rob is joined by two other people and the workout takes place on an Evolution set...very techno but not really distracting. Rob begins with a fairly simple warm-up step routine that consists of mambos on the step, shuffles over the step, stomps with a twist, etc...pretty fun! The warm-up ends with some brief stretching.

On to Combination #1: This combo takes about 20 minutes to learn as Rob TIFT's a couple of times but it's not horrible. He teaches it in four parts:
1. Weave over the top
2. Shuffle down the board to a pivot turn
3. Switch on top to a rock down on the back of the step to a reverse turn on the step
4. Step kick ball-change to a rock to the front

Combination #2: This combo takes less time to learn and has three parts:
1. Karoke over the top (walk sideways over the step) to a privot turn
2. Reverse turn on the front of the step to a tango rock back
3. Reverse turn straddle to a twist turn to the back to a rock down on the side of the step

Combination #3: This combo only has one part:
1. Shuffle down the board while on top of the step to a V-step on the floor to a rock back with your back foot, then you turn and mambo on the side of the step, then you end the combo by turning to the back and planting your foot on the step while facing the back wall...whew!

After you learn combos 1-3, Rob mashes them all together to form one huge combination. He then proceeds to teach you combination #4.

Combination #4: Has three parts:
1. Elvis to the back (stand on the step and twist one leg in) to a mambo to the back to a sashay
2. Shuffle over the step to a stomp on one corner with one leg to a double stomp on the other corner with the other leg (tricky, as you stomp on one corner then using the same leg, you stomp on the other corner and turn over the step)
3. Rock on the step to a rhythm change rock to each side

Rob sends you through the whole routine a couple of times before ending with a very simple cool-down and stretch. There are some additional footage of other workouts available through Evolution, but I haven't viewed them yet...after almost 90 minutes of twisting around my step, I'm ready to turn finish for the day!

Each time I do this workout, I really enjoy it. It isn't a extremely heart-pumper workout as my heartrate mainly stays in my lowest fat-burning zone throughout the routine. Definitely a keeper! A+!

I love everything I have tried from Rob! His stuff is always a blast without seeming too hard to conquer with practice.