5-Day Abs offers five distinct workouts that train and strengthen the abdomen. A variety of instructors lead each segment and concentrate on specific areas of the torso. Crunches, reverse curls, and cross-lateral movements... more » are presented in this uncomplicated format. All of the major muscles of the abdomen get attention here, including some great target toning for the obliques. Time-savvy exercisers will appreciate the quick and effective delivery of each set (ranging from six to nine minutes). Students have the option to do all five sets back-to back (36 minutes) or to complete one set for a quick fix. Firm Parts provides vital information on proper form while keeping the movements challenging. Beginners will learn about safely executing sit-ups in the informational segment at the start of this video. Several exercises are performed with the legs off the ground, and students with injured backs and necks may need to modify these moves. This brief but winning workout combines easy-to-follow moves with schedule conscious formats. Participants of all fitness levels will find a program that can tighten and strengthen the abdominals. Simply said: 5-Day Abs delivers crunches for the time-crunched.« less
"If you're like me and like to feel a bit sore after a tough work out, this is the one to get. I've tried numerous aerobic videos and they are either way too cheesy or way too easy for my level. Yes, a couple of the women on this video are a little too "cheerleaderish" for me but most aren't that distracting. And after you do it over and over like I have, you can fast forward through the brief sections with the annoying girls and get to the meat of the video and burn.
I've been using this video for a year now and yes, I've really seen the difference. I tried Taibo, Pilates, and othe workout videos but if you want a sculpted look, this is the video to get. I've always had strong legs but weak girly arms and wanted them to look a bit more toned--not GI Jane looking but more like Angela Bassett arms. My husband has noticed too and likes the new look. They've definitely firmed up finally and the butt/abs are firmer too.
The abs part is great...not too long but just long enough to feel it. Who cares if it's 80'sish...it's still a good workout and it's definitely not Richard Simmons."
Get it for the 5 day abs if nothing else!
guavajelly | 08/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a two pack DVD, and unlike some reviewers I have had absolutely no problems using the chapter selection on the DVD menu.I have never used earlier Firm workouts, so the compilation has never bothered me. Tough Tape 2 is aptly named. If you are new to aerobic workouts you will have to get used to it, and it will kick your butt for the first two weeks. After that you will no longer have to have a crash team standing by. I have to admit that the 5 Day Abs disc is my favorite Firm disc, and I have four. The segments are short, but very effective. If you can't find time in your day to work this into your schedule then you're just deluding yourself. The frosting on the cake would have to be the host for the ab DVD, who introduces and ends the individual segments. He is one fine looking man, and when he tells me to lie supine I happily comply. Seriously though, there is nothing wrong with eye candy if it helps to keep you motivated. I find that I enjoy doing this workout every day, and it often keeps me on track with my other Firm workouts because it seems so natural as a lead in to the next workout. Truthfully, these workouts are better than the aerobics I've tried at the gym. It's well worth the money. And contrary to what another reviewer has said, you do not need a mat, just the carpet you probably already have in front of your TV."
4 stars for 5-day abs, 2 stars for Tough Tape 2
D. Walker | 04/18/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"These are the workouts for Barbie and Ken and the Stepford Wives.5-Day Abs: Five different short abdominal workouts pasted together from other The Firm workouts; it is easy to go to the DVD menu and choose the one you want, contrary to what another reviewer said. Total time about 35 minutes. There is a shirtless guy acting as a master of ceremonies at the beginning and end of each segment. You need a mat, weights to put around your feet (optional), and a chair. The workouts are pretty good, with a variety of moves, and a variety of speeds (some fast crunches, some long holds, etc.) If you have other abdominal workouts already, don't expect this one to offer anything new.Tough Tape 2: Several body sculpting segments cut and pasted from other The Firm tapes; easy to pick and choose from the DVD menu. Total time about 45 minutes. Considerable repetition between segments; quite traditional, standard exercises. You are better off with a workout that was planned all at the same time, like Kathy Smith's Lift Weights to Lose Weight, or anything by Karen Voight, or Reebok "Simply Strong" with Gin Miller. You need a variety of hand weights, a chair, a block, and a high stool to step up onto."
It Increased My Endurance and Strength
fergy34 | Pierrefonds, Quebec Canada | 08/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love this DVD, ok maybe some of the tough tape intro segments with some of the instructors may be cheezy, but I don't care. I am happy with it, the abs workout is really tough, and the tough tape 2 is definitely tougher. If you want a workout that is more challenging and you don't mind compilations, then I definitely recommend this one. The Firm is the best!!"
Buy it for the 5-day Abs!
D. Walker | Connecticut | 03/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, yes the tape is filled with obnoxious 80's music, but in all my years of exercising, it is still THE BEST abs workout I have ever done. It is hard. But it does the job. Combined with cardio, it will get your abs flat. I have owned the VHS tape for over a decade, and am now buying it on DVD, so I will never be without it."