I did the video for the first time
today. It wasn't to my liking. I
consider myself an intermediate
exerciser and I didn't feel
particularly challenged or
motivated by this workout. I also
didn't think the incline thing was
anything to get excited about.
For what it's worth, I did enjoy
Complete Aerobics and Weight
Training from Firm BSS2. I
thought it was a much better
workout, and easier to follow.
I see no reason why anyone
who owns either a Club or
Reebok Step should purchase
the BSS3 box. I did the workout
with my Reebok step and it
worked just fine.
The weight sections of this video
were standard firm fare. What
irked me was the use of the
incline box in cardio. I had
hoped that it would be an
exciting and new way to do step
aerobics. But it wasn't that
interesting, actually, and it was
difficult to follow, not only
because everyone is facing
sideways (I eventually gave up
on this and angled my step so I
could see both the TV and the
step) but because the leader is
difficult to hear at times. Nor did
I feel incline aerobics worked my
legs in different places. I would
get much more out of a standard
step workout at a higher
elevation. Also, I felt that since
the Firm finally is using a
regular-sized step instead of the
fanny lifter, they could have
made better use of it by
transforming the annoying hi-lo
routine into a step workout.
Often difficult to hear over the
music and when she turned to
I like this workout. It's a little stronger in lower body work than upper body work, but when you think about it most Firms are. A couple sets of leg presses, and lunges and dips.
I did get the whole package with the box, and for all the complaining I've done about the *#&@^$ gadget, I like the silly thing. I've got it down so I can adjust my box as fast or faster than they can on the workout.
I like the lunges on the incline. Seems like it hits a slightly different area on my hamstrings/glutes.
The step on the incline is different. I may have to try out some other Firm cardios on incline, just to see what it's like.
If GT would make more Firms like this and use the box, I will be getting them.
She is a good instructor and good at cueing. To bad the music sometimes makes it hard to hear her. That's not her fault, as it's poor dvd production.
Well....I wish I'd saved my $14 I paid to buy this tape. When I previewed this and Total muscle shaping the thought came to my mind 'same workout different instructor'. I guess I'm just disappointed that the firm doesn't evolve much in their exercises. The incline to me is - big whoopie. I'm getting tired of doing to same workout/exercises in these Firm tapes with just a different set and instructor. Time to branch out I guess.
The music for me was not great and I'm not fond of the dark set.
Another one goes to the garage sale pile.
Christa Riley is so wirey in this video. She has lost so much weight since, for example, Cardio Sculpt and she just doesn't look good IMO. Her personality is fine though and I didn't find her annoying.
I liked this workout. I used the TransFIRMer instead of the box, and the TransFIRMer worked great. I felt the hi-lo routine was made a little more interesting with the incline, and my heart rate got up high enough that I finished the last cardio section on the floor instead of on the incline.
I'm low intermediate, an would-be intermediate-advanced exerciser who fell off the exercise wagon due to illness and life in general. I got plenty sweaty and worked out, and felt the lunges on the incline were not only easier than lunges on the Fanny Lifter, but worked slightly different areas.
I also liked the upper body work done on the incline. Having read reviews of BSS4 that talked about the need for some padding, I simply folded a yoga mat in half lengthwise and placed it over the TransFIRMer. It had plenty of grip on me and the box. Upper body work was limited to triceps, chest and pecs, but it was effective.
The hardest part, however, was ab work done on the inclined box. Yowie! I've been doing the FIRM since 1992, on and off, and the newer FIRMs seem to have the hardest ab work I've ever done. Lower body crunches, oblique twists and leg extension/twists done on the incline not only felt harder, they didn't give me heartburn like I normally get on the floor.
A definite keeper! A solid A.
Christa was a good instructor, a little on the thin side, but her cuing was okay. The volume did become a little bit of an issue, but wasn't a deal breaker.
I am a low-intermediate exerciser. I really like the Transfirmer videos and the newer Gaiam Firms and have no experience with the Firms of the 20th century.
I expected to like this one, since most people on the Firm checkin like BSS3 best of all the BSS era Firms. I had a lot of dread about trying this.
I really LOVED it. The exercises seemed really varied, the simple cardio was a little refreshing after the challenges of the 2008 firms. There are v-steps but that's about as hard as it gets.
I agree with urbanhippie that the abs are the best part. I can really manage to make lower crunches easy for myself on the floor, they were challenging on the transfirmer and I still feel them.
Christa and Pam are quite thin but I liked Christa as a lead. Also, it seems to me that in BSS3 there is a lot less simpering and looking beautiful than in BSS2, a difference I appreciate.
Christa seems sincere. She discusses health benefits rather than appearance-related issues. She is businesslike and does not chatter on.