Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Firm Power Half Hour|
Actor: Emily Welsh
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
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Not a favorite, but I think it'll grow on me
Rachel | Pearland, TX, USA | 12/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This workout was a little bit frustrating for me the first time I did it. It wasn't that the moves were too dancy or difficult, I just didn't feel like Emily gave much warning when she was going on to the next move. Another problem was that the music wasn't much quieter than her talking. Also, her rhythm was different - she marched on the upbeat instead of downbeat, and that bothered me a bit.
Like I said, it wasn't my favorite, but if you're a firmie (especially if you need more videos with this length), I'd still get it if I were you."
Great workout, though cueing needs work...
blondie | United States | 12/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Like other reviews, i find emilys cueing difficult to follow in this workout. however, once you get the moves down is it a GREAT WORKOUT. it may take a few times to get the hang of it, but it will definitely wear you out. and at only a half hour it is a great workout for days you are running low on time, but want to get in a thorough workout."
C. magtoto | AL | 04/28/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I own a lot of the firm videos and they are usually good. I have never written a review before but after trying this out today-- I have to say my opinion. the music sucks and doesn't even match the rythm of the program-- in fact the background music makes even more difficult to follow this difficult program. It's not hard physically but hard to follow. Why can't instructors understand that you don't have to have a difficult choreography to have a great workout. Just when u think u got the pattern --it swithces to something else and the cuing is awful. i was so frustrated that I just want to throw this disc away. I can tell that at some part even the background girls in the video was off-- that tells u something. DON'T BUY THIS DISC-- IT WAS A WASTE OF MY MONEY."
Calling all Firmies...
RLM | Texas | 03/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First - loved this workout from Emily. If you're a long time Firmie, this one uses many of the old, familiar moves so you won't be lost. It does move fast and does modify some old moves and adds some new ones. But if you've done other "pink weights" workouts, you'll recognize the fast pace and the multiple part moves (squats w/biceps and abduct leg).
All in all, I loved it. I'd be moving along and realize I had a giant smile on my face :) And those moisture drops on the floor were not rain - they were me sweating up a storm!
If you're new to The FIRM, don't start with this one. I always recommend the older ones (Cardio Sculpt!) or choosing Allie or Allison as your first instructors. They are much easier to follow because the moves are simple, the changes come slower, and they explain the moves in great detail.
A quick run-down of the workout-
3:45 Sculpt #1 (side lunges, side squats, curtsy dips, squats w/biceps, lunges - all with addons of biceps, leg abducts, etc). *I didn't do the twisting row because I'm cautious of my back, but just did squats w/row). I used 5# and 8#s for both Sculpt segments.
10:00 Cardio 1 - lots of fun and PURE Emily (if you've like Burn & Shape, you'll like this one). My favorite new move was her "knee repeater" which was really the quad star (or tri star) with a knee pump in between each step).
15:00 Sculpt #2 - dips w/oh press, side lunge w/tricep/bicep, lat row with leg lift, deadlift (I did this as a regular deadlift as I'm not sure how safe it is on one side & I"m extra cautious with my back), and push ups (fun ones!)
21: Cardio 2 ends with a fun power move (running in place moves) then goes straight into abs with no cooldown.
26: Abs - the first ab move is standing with reaches to knees, toes across the body. Serves as a sufficient cool down IMO. Then to the floor for one set of planks on the toes/hands.
28: Stretch - good stretch, surprising long, but the music was still very fast paced which kind of threw me at first.