Dawn H. (dmhammy) from JACKSON, MI Reviewed on 7/1/2010...
This is a typical Firm workout. Weights and cardio. I like this series using the transfirmer. You could also do this with a step and slanted risers.
DW M. from DECATUR, GA Reviewed on 10/7/2009...
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Good steady pace
Lovetoworkout | Encino, CA United States | 02/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This workout does incorporate some cardio segments, which are not too complicated choreography wise, but the main focus is the upper and lower body workout. The compound movements (e.g., dips from the step with biceps, leg presses with delts) are challenging without making you anaerobic. The length (50 minutes) is good for a mid-week workout. Is it the most challenging weight workout? No, for those, get the Jari Love DVDs. But is it a good weight workout for the intermediate to advanced exerciser? Yes, if you're happy not being sore the next day. Stephanie is a good cuer and leader; her voice is well modulated, and not too peppy. You will need an incline box (I would recommend the transfirmer over the incline box), and 5-12 pound dumbbells. Why not 5 stars? The ab work. As in the other Firm workouts that do the ab work on the incline, unless you have a death grip on the step, you will slide down. This makes them very awkward to do, even with a mat on the incline."
Good, complete,Total Body Workout
Fitness_Diva | 04/22/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As other reviews have stated this is from the BSS3 Series and is a combination of cardio intervals and strength. There is a nice warm up, approx 4-5 minutes and goes by quickly. I think this is a plus as the Firm Pink warm ups are too blah for me. After you are warmed up there are intervals of cardio then strength. You have 3 of each. 2 of the cardio intervals are step aerobics with one being floor work. I used my Firm TransFirmer for this DVD and it worked fine. The DVD gave me enough transition time as long as I move quickly bc the BSS3 Box takes several seconds to adjust. Compared to the Fanny Lifter (BSS1 & 2) Legs were not hit as hard in this DVD. Being the day after my first useage of this DVD, my triceps have a nice fire in them still. The chest work at the end of the workout really does get into the triceps which is why I am feeling them today. This is the first time not feeling anything in my lower body the day after regardless of what series (including Pink) used. It's a good total body workout that gets you in and out with cardio and strength + Abs in 47 minutes. It is recommended to have a mat to use on your box for the chest and ab work. The same mat will be used for the stretch which is one of the nicest ones I have done with the Firm. The only true drawback of this workout is that the audio is bad. The music is much louder than Stephanie's voice so you really will need to do this DVD a few times before you can stop concentrating on her cues. Otherwise, a good investment and a workout that I will be doing again in the future! It really is a keeper, but use the BSS2 or BSS4 DVDs for a harder overall workout including legs. Stephanie looks great in this DVD, very toned and strong...IMO a better testimony to the Older Firms compared to her new series PowerFit and Harmony where she clearly doesn't have the same strength and physique. Her body in this DVD would motivate anyone to exercise, use heavier weights, and eat healthfully!!
Raquel | Brooklyn, NY | 08/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This workout is really effective. The instructor, Stephanie, is great giving cues and she is really easy to follow. Not to say that the workout is easy - it is very challenging and comprehensive. I wish it had more step segments, but it is still a very worthwhile workout."
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Betsy A. Lucas | Monroeville, NJ | 02/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Firm believer for 14 years, had this on VHS wanted it on DVD. Fun workout combining low impact cardio with muscle-shaping moves. You need the box pictured to do it right.