Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Similarly Requested DVDs
Fanny Lifter - Key to Success
Smootchez | Michigan | 01/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I recently started The Firm Body Sculpting routine and I found it to be one of the easier routines to learn. I like the instructor's way of mixing the cardio with the Fanny Lifter strength training workout.The Fanny Lifter is the key to The Firm's success. Without the Fanny Lifter, The Firm is a typical cardio+toning workout that can be purchased at a much cheaper price. The 14" (6" + 8") step is higher than any stepper that I've ever used doing step aerobics. I felt the "good hurt" in my hips and inner/outer thighs after the very first workout. After several workouts I began to feel the difference in jeans, though I still have a ways to go to reduce by derriere. I'm also gaining definition in my arms. As long as I continue to see results with The Firm, I don't plan on renewing my gym membership.The Firm isn't perfect. Each video shows participants at various levels. In each video not enough camera time is given to the beginner. If you purchase the DVD it lacks scene selection. The only way to return to a segment of workout is to rewind it just like a VCR. The plus over a VCR - three workouts (cardio, upper body, abs) appear on one DVD. Finally, I wouldn't purchase the DVD or tape with buying (or already owning) the Fanny Lifter."
Challenging Set of Workouts
C. Bennett | New England | 02/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This three-pack of workouts includes:
- Cardio Sculpt with Allie DelRio (60 minutes)
- Body Sculpt with Jennifer Carman (50 minutes)
- Ab Sculpt with Lisa Kay (30 minutes)These workouts require dumbbells and The Firm's Fanny Lifter. For dumbbells, they suggest 3-lb., 5-lb, and 8-lb. weights to start. The Fanny Lifter is a total of 14" high, so if you have knee problems you may want to work on strengthening your legs before you attempt these workouts. The Fanny Lifter has two parts: one 6" high, and one 8" high. Throughout the workouts you use the Fanny Lifter in different combinations, a regular step will not substitute for it.Each of these DVDs is a challenging workout. If you are new to exercising at home, you may want to start off with something easier, such as Kathy Smith's Personal Trainer Sculpting Workout or Lift Weights to Lose Weight. If you already have a foundation of strength training, these workouts are going to push you further and harder, helping you build muscle and endurance.The Cardio Sculpt workout runs about 60 minutes. There are no special features on the DVD, only the workout itself. The workout uses 10 - 15 minute segments of strength training, mixed with 2 - 3 minute bursts of low-impact cardio exercises. The strength training includes every area of your body: lots of squats for the lower body, push-ups for the chest as part of the warm-up, 4 minutes of non-stop sit-ups for the abs, and the tricep French press. There is a 4-minute warm-up and a closing stretch. Throughout the workout, Allie guides you through stretching out the muscle groups that you just worked. This is an excellent combination of tried-and-true muscle conditioning and sound exercise principles. These three workouts will help you to tone and condition your body. The manufacturer also guarantees "visible results in 10 workouts." Bear in mind that you have to alternate muscle groups. You cannot do total body strength training every day. So be sure to alternate lower body with upper body, or vary your routine with cardio workouts on your "off" days."
Good but not The Firm's best
R. Talley | CA USA | 04/13/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I think this is a perfect introduction to the Firm. But as one review stated if you are new to working out best try something like Kathy Smith. Also some may not like the moving the box around, picking up different weights, etc. all the time. All The Firm workouts are long and intense so if you are pressed for time, you might want to subsitute. BUT The Firm workouts really leave you strong so if you can invest in the time and sweat its well worth it (I'm unemployed right now and addicted to Firm workouts).However, this set of workouts is definately not as challengeling as many other Firm workouts. The earlier Firm's are far by one of the most intense workouts I have ever done (besides trying boxing). The second volume still kicks ...! I'm not sure why they name one of the DVD's "Ab Sculpt" since one can get a better ab workout in 10 minutes from many pilates moves. Don't get me wrong, I liked it as there are some core strengthening and stretching moves that leave one exhilirated but I would hardly call it "Ab Sculpt" The 'Fanny Lifter' (...) is a great investment. Those with weak knees should consult theire doctor first or use the lower height steps."
A FIRM Believer
April Blake | Genesee, PA | 01/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this 3-pack because the "See results in 10 workouts" guarantee caught my eye. I thought that was certainly too good to be true, but was bored with the workout videos I already owned. It took me a while to warm up to these workouts. I didn't have the Fanny Lifter to start with and tried to substitute my regular step and a heavy kitchen chair, but soon was sold on the Fanny Lifter. Once that arrived, my FIRM experience was much more pleasant. It is a little inconvenient to take apart, reassemble, and push the Fanny Lifter out of the way during the workout, but the girls on the tape have to do the same, and after a couple workouts, you'll find you move in sync with them as they transition from one exercise to the other. I do these workouts on a three-day rotation, six days a week.
The most intense Upper and Lower Body moves are on Super Body Sculpt. You'll focus on Lower Body first; expect lots of leg presses and hover squats. You're either standing or doing squats for this section. There is no floorwork. The lower body cool down is the upper body warm-up. In the Upper Body section, you'll do some push-ups with your hands at different positions on the Fanny Lifter, bicep work, overhead presses, and exercises specifically for your back muscles. There's a short cooldown stretch at the end, but in all the Firm workouts I've used, they intersperse the stretches with the exercises so you can't skimp on them at the very end. With the DVD, you can go right to the section you want to work, when you're short on time.
Cardio Sculpt mixes some of the exercises from Body Sculpt with low-impact cardio. You don't go into as much detail on each muscle, but this workout is good because you get into a little of that famous FIRM four-limb action, and at the end, you work your abs some. This workout's a little long (55 minutes), but you get upper, lower, and abs, plus cardio, all in one shot.
The shortest of the three, Ab Sculpt, features crunches done with the fully-assembled Fanny Lifter, then with the bottom blue section, then with no Fanny Lifter. You'll work your obliques and lower back muscles as well. The exercises flow from one, right to the next, so the half hour goes by fast and your abs will feel well-worked.
Although the beginner modifier doesn't get much camera time in these workouts, you won't be a beginner for long with these workouts, and usually, the only modification is that she's not using weights or is keeping a plyo jump grounded. You don't need your eyes glued to those modifications to do the workout.
The great thing about the FIRM videos, especially the newer ones, is that once you have your Fanny Lifter (and Sculpting Stick for the more recent ones), there are a lot of FIRM videos that use that very equipment. You might have to pick up heavier dumbbells as you progress, but you'll always have a wide array of FIRM workouts to choose from to keep yourself motivated. collagevideo.com has just about all the FIRM videos known to exist, in case you've exhausted Amazon's offerings.
P.S. While I don't remember seeing dramatic results after just 10 workouts, I have seen dramatic results after a few months of using FIRM consistently. I dropped a jeans size, my abs are starting to ripple, and a little muscle popped out on my arm that I didn't even know was there before. As long as I stick with it, I can only get better results! I hope you find the same, no matter which workout you choose!"