On my way to becoming a Firm Believer w/ a Firm Body!
Fitness_Diva | 09/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had orginally bought this Set along w/ the Fanny Lifter and the Add-on DVDs when they were first released from infomercials in 2003. It was my second attempt at working in my then apt, Power90 being the first. Even though I was young, 21, with more energy back then and also weighing less, I didn't stick to the system and quit after just 10 days. These sat in my collection now for 6 years and now it's time to see if they hold to the hype of the Firm and their followers.
After approx 5 months off from ALL exercise due to pre-post knee op, I have lost most to all of my endurance and my strength/stamina are quite low. I have decided that being 27 I can no longer afford physically to do the workouts that I had been doing; High Impact and Ultra Heavy weight lifting with Cathe Friedrich and also working with Body Building Trainers. Instead I need to focus on Functional Fitness, Heart health, Muscle strenth/endurance, joint health, and some fat loss. I gained back about 15-17 lbs in that short time and that coupled with the loss of stamina, this DVD kicked my butt all over the place!
I have to admit that I am an Informercial-loving, DVD collecting addict with more than 500 DVDs in my collection. I have often been let down by informercials and/or gimmicky products like we all have. This is one however, that will stand the test of time and produce the results we want if we stick to it and work our way up to the more advanced levels shown. Bc I want to get back into working out regularly SAFELY, I followed most of the Beginner Options, staying low impact, not kicking as high, no weights with Tall Box Climbs/Leg Presses (14 inches), and lowered the amount of weight I would normally reach for. Shoulders I used no weights and used mostly 5 lbs, with 3s for triceps, and 8s for chest, back, and 1 set of biceps. Beginner Option has you using NO Weights for 97% of the lifting exercises, but I needed some challenge as I am well aware of proper form and I knew I could safely and effectively lift the weights for the Weight-Only exercises.
Now just re-reading that statement really shocks me! Here just 6 months ago I doing Dumbbell Chest Presses with 35-40 lbs Dumbbells, Biceps Curls with 27.5 lbs, and Cable Back Rows with 225 lbs; and this Workout with those low weights KICKED MY BUTT!!! I was dripping with sweat, breathless, and my legs were toast during and now after the lower body work. I was unable to complete all of the Leg Presses due to not only being out of shape, but also my knees are still fragile (4 weeks post-op with another surgery in a few months). So when my knees begin to hurt, it's time to stop the motion. I will say though that if you can make it all the way through the leg presses, especially the set with stepping off to the side w/ side leg raises, those will fry your entire leg and butt region, no questions asked! If you have knee issues like myself, do the leg presses with no weights and it makes a world a difference. You can also do them on the 8 inch Blue Platform until your leg muscles are strong enough to take some of the stress off of the knee joint. Doing this workout, I can't imagine that taking very long!
Needless to say, I am very happy with this DVD and along with the other Firms that I own will now be a regular part of my workout rotations. In fact I loved this workout so much that I decided to go out and buy many of the Firm Pinks for days when I want a Hard/Firm workout but something easier on my knees. I am really surprised that this collection has recently been discontinued by many online retailers as it is AMAZING! Get this DVD! I remember that Total Body Sculpt + Abs was a favorite and this one not so much when I first purchased this; this will now be ranked as a favorite. A hard, sweaty, butt-kicking favorite!"
Cynthia Perry | 01/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a long time Firm user and i love the old stand by instructors like Jen Carmen, Tracy Long, Allie Del Rio and Lisa Kay. I was skeptical to try out a new instructor (Emily Walsh) but i bought the dvd. EMILY ROCKS IT! I love her and this dvd is PERFECT. I cant say enough about it. The aerobics are not high impact, they were comfortable to do. She gives the best queing by far of any instructor i have worked with. Take a chance on this one you wont be sorry!"
One of my favorite workouts
Crystal Wood | 03/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't normally put in my 2 cents in reviews, but I wanted to up the ratings on this one because it is a great all-around workout. I've been exercising to videos for 17 years, so I'm not a beginner by any means, but I think this workout can be done at any level. It can be a bit on the slower side but that is only because it is important to get your form down; otherwise you are not properly toning your body. Instructor is very encouraging and she hits many muscle groups. If you want to lose weight, mixing cardio moves with weights is the way to go! You cannot go wrong with any of The Firm workouts."