Great workout :-0
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 09/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Firm have been impressing me lately. I wasn't always a fan of theirs but their latest releases have been so good I am going back to them now and really enjoying them. Alison is back and doing another terrific job with cuing and motivating you. She's encouraging without being over the top and she lets you know what's up next in time to get it down.
This workout uses a mix of aerobics with toning and comes with a cool looped band. The intervals are about 8 minutes each and keep your heart rate up and tone your muscles at the same time which to me, seems to be the best way to shape up quick. There is also ab work done on the floor so it really does get to your entire body. It is probably best suited for intermediate to advanced exercisers and even for me (intermediate-ish), it's challenging enough. My legs were burning while doing the lower-body portion and that gives me encouragement to keep going because I know I'm doing some good.
I really enjoy this. It's fun and fat burning and led so well. It's a new favourite of mine and hope that The Firm will keep bringing out quality workouts like this."
Terrific workout for intermediate FIRMers and above!
M. Eagleton | Ohio | 09/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This workout was terrific! I have been using the FIRM since 2005 and I this is definitely one of my favorites. The 55 minutes passed very quickly and for occasions when I don't have that amount of time, there are 3 express workout options. Alison's cueing is supurb and she generally stays in tempo. When the resistance band is utilized, she allows adequate time for the band to be properly placed. Although there are the usual "beginner modifications," they generally are not referred to this way and I think that's a big hint that this is not quite the place for beginners to start. (Speaking of which, the only downside of the entire workout is that Alison gets a little bossy with Emily, who is performing the modifications.) The cardio portions are very challenging, even when one opts out of the plyometric power options available. The resistance portions are excellent as well. I was particularly impressed by the ab portion at the end! I highly recommend this workout for intermediate and above exercisers."
Fun, but rather high impact
KSJ | 11/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a total body workout with one 55 min workout, and three separate express segments; one for cardio, one for sculpting, and one that is cardio-abs. 145 minutes total, and I got a band! I really enjoyed doing this workout. I have been a FIRM junkie for 10 years now, have done everything from Susan Harris and Traci Long videos to the newest Transfirmation system. This one falls somewhere towards the top of my ratings.
What I liked:
This is another video with Allison Davis-McLain as the lead. She is very motivating. I thought that Emily did a great job as the "modifier." There were a couple of new faces too that were energetic. Time did seem to cruise on by, I sweated, and my ab muscles ached the next day, which is always a good sign to me.
What I didn't like:
This video contained a lot of calf-pump type jumping exercises, which for me, is a killer on my knees and my calfs (Duh, right?). There was also something Allison called the "lunge plyo" where I was supposed to go into lunge position jumping when I switched legs. I didn't attempt to do that one.. looked kind of scary to me. I also didn't like that Allison would say every once in awhile "Now listen!" I don't like being talked down to in an exercise video; I kind of felt like I was in kindergarten when she did that.
All in all, a lot of fun, and a lot of bang for my buck."
Big Girls Be Careful of the Band
Titania Knight | Roc City, ny | 12/31/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed this new Dvd by the Firm . I was a little disappointed though by the band I have rather large thighs and when I attempted to place the band around my upper thighs, as the workout suggested it got all twisted up and started to cut of my blood cirulation to my legs. Please be aware if you are full at the bottom like round hips and big butt with thighs this might be difficult for you to use. I enjoyed the dvd otherwise I love Allison and I plan on getting in touch with the women at the Firm about this problem . Just Please Be Careful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"