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The Firm: Cross Trainers - Upper Body Split
The Firm Cross Trainers - Upper Body Split
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
NR     2002     1hr 1min


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Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Sub-Genres: Stretching
Studio: Good Times Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/09/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 1min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Firm Upper Body Split
Dotti Zupko | New Mexico, USA | 07/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I purchased this DVD I really didn't think an Upper Body workout would be challenging enough and not to mention that I didn't believe it was 60 minutes. Well The Firm does it again - this compilation was an excellent mix from previous workouts, it WAS 61 minutes and very challenging. Ab work was split into different segments interspersed throughout the workout and you ended up with 15 minutes of Ab work. Heart-rate was kept up and the tape made me "sweat". Definately worked all my upper body parts. Definately recommend this workout - - and hope the FIRM hurries up with more work-outs on DVD!!"
Are You Serious???
L. Shirley | fountain valley, ca United States | 01/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Firm:Cross Trainers - Upper Body Split"....

Are you serious about seeing results? If you are, and are ready to move from an intermediate to an advanced workout,you'll find this workout to be very effective.

Starting with an excellent warm up, and then hitting every part of the upper body, including, chest, back(upper and lower), shoulders, arms(all sides) and abs, The Firm takes you through five basic cycles in about an hour. Each cycle is broken into small segments that target a specific need. In each of the cycles, you will find some tough ab work, to strenghten and tone your core, and a few of the cycles include some great cardio that will keep your heart rate up and burning those calories. I liked that the abs and cardio were spread throughout the workout. The last segment is a nice stretch, which I felt could have been a little longer.

The breakdown: Warm-up: 4 min
Upper body work: 30 min(Total)
Abs: 15 min (Total)
Cardio: 10 min(Total)
CoolDown/Stretch: 2 minutes

There were a couple of reasons I could not go 5 stars though. The segments were pieced together in a way that did not allow for a nice flow from segment to segment. There was not enough time to set up for change to weights or a mat, etc, and barely a second to get a drink of water. I know it's a DVD and can be easily paused, but that just interupts the flow. Also there were a variety of instructors and with every change, each took a little getting used to, especially in the cuing department.

You'll also need several pieces of equipment, some of which are optional. A set of weights that vary from light to what you may consider heavy, a dowel, and a stool or chair.A mat is also a good idea for floor work. You don't have to use exactly what they use though, you can improvise. For example instead of a weighted ball, I just used one of my lighter weights held on the ends and used an old small ottoman instead of the stool.

It's an intense workout that will give you results, and that's the bottom line. I found this to be very effective, in toning,shaping, burning calories and most of all beneficial in increasing my upper body strength. I noticed after a few weeks that I can do more push-ups without going to my knees! Another up-side, is that I am much more conscientious about healthier eating, as I don't want to throw all that hard work out the window!

Get Serious...Remember to breathe, eat healthy...and enjoy!...Laurie

For an aerobic calorie burner I like:THE FIX -A DANCE WORKOUT
Choppy and dated, but EFFECTIVE and fun
Bon | Sunnyvale, CA United States | 06/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD gives you a good upper body workout and the repetition of sets is dispersed throughout the session, so you might do a couple sets of bicep curls early in the workout, and then do another couple of sets later. I like that.From the description on the box, this looked like a single workout taught by alternating instructors, but it's really a video remix of several different workouts spanning the years. You can tell the editors tried to make it flow well, but even with the slick transitions, it remains a "Franken-workout," pieced together from snippets of other workouts. It lacks overall flow, and often there's not enough time to set up the equipment. Despite the flaws, the workout itself is excellent. I find The Firm philosophy of working with several pieces of equipment to be quite effective. I don't mind swapping items into and out of the workspace frequently (it keeps me interested). If you're not into this, though, beware: there's a lot of setup and breakdown (and like I mentioned, you must work fairly quickly to keep up)The back of the DVD lists an impressive array of necessities, but you can get by with:- Fanny Lifter or 14-18 inch step/bench/stool
- Light dumbbells
- Medium dumbbells
- Heavy dumbbellsOptional equipment listed:- Weight ball (i just used a 5-lb dumbbell)
- Sculpting Stick (used very briefly - you can skip, or use a cheap dowel)
- 2x4 board (didn't use at all during workout; can put below heels on certain floor work or squats if you want to go deeper)
- Barbell (i have no idea where they wanted you to use this; maybe in place of the sculpting stick?)This delivers as promised, despite its flaws: a concentrated session of upper body work plus abs. It's definitely not for raw beginners -- it's quite intense, but adaptable (just change to lighter or heavier weights if you find you're having trouble). I will laugh at the '80s workout clothes and hair. I'll cringe at the cheesy music. I'll curse the lithe instructors breezily commanding me to to just two more sets of pushups. And I'll keep doing these things, because, overall, it's a fun and effective workout."
Upper body and more...
Teedums | White Bear Lake, MN | 11/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This workout, like it's cousin Lower Body Split is a good hour plus workout full of upper body work and then some. It is compiled from several Firm videos, Fat Blaster, Better Body and Buns, Maximum Body shaping, Firm Cardio, Firm Strength, Maximum Cardio, Cardio Burn, Power Cardio, Tortoise and some rare footage from Prime Power Fat Burning, which is out of print and hard to find. While the scenery in the Firm workouts is not appealing to everyone, the footage from Prime Power will stick out like a sore thumb, it is a jungle set as opposed to the mansion or library sets which are more familiar to Firm viewers.

You will work all the muscles in your upper body (chest, biceps, triceps, shoulders, back) in this workout, plus you will get some cardio and ab work too. A fanny lifter or stool is used, plus you will need light, medium and heavy weights, a barbell is used but is not required, dumbells are easily substituted. Here is a breakdown of the exercises and the video they originally came from...

warmup - Maximum Cardio

abs with breathwork - Better Body/Buns

front kicks/punches, one arm lat rows - Prime Power Fat Burning

4 limb aerobics w/light weights - Firm Cardio

pushups, double arm lat rows, hover squats with power breathing -Prime Power Fat Burning

pushups, pec flies, pelvic floor work - Tortoise

abs - Cardio Burn

hi-lo aerobics (some plyo jumps) - Fat Blaster

plies w/upright rows, military press - Maximum Body Shaping

front/side deltoid raises - Maximum Body Shaping

one arm lat rows, tricep kickbacks, bicep curls - Tortoise

pushups, bicep concentration curls, tricep kickbacks - Prime Power Fat Burning

hi-lo aerobics with ball - Maximum Cardio

rear deltoid raises - Maximum Body Shaping

abs/oblique work - Better Body/Buns

one arm lat rows, tricep kickbacks, bicep curls - Tortoise

planks, pushups, spinal erector work - Fat Blaster

abs/oblique work - Power Cardio

front/side deltoid raises, plyo jumps - Cardio Burn

one arm lat rows, upright rows - Firm Strength

oblique twists - Maximum Body Shaping

cooldown/stretch - Maximum Cardio

If you have time, this isn't a bad upper body workout, not everyone will have an hour to devote to only upper body though. I personally would have preferred they left the cardio portions out of it to shorten it up a bit, but that is just a personal preference. There is a scene index that you can skip sections if you want. There is also a bonus training program "Form Points" which shows proper form of the exercises which is helpful."