Tamela Hastie (WHFN)
I totally loved this workout! I've started adding Pilates to my workouts and am enjoying the results. I can't wait to get Floor Burn and Crunch Time (both with her) and I hope to see more of Tamela in future workouts.
Tamela is definitely more calmer,poised, mature than she was in Cardio Burn. Her Pilates training definitely shows.
Tranisha N. Thomas
For reference, I am a high intermediate/advanced exerciser. I owned the original "Just Right FlexPosture" very briefly, and did it once or twice. This workout felt very different than the original, and except for a few things that Tamela said, I didn't feel at all like I had done the workout before.
The set is a bit wild, with statues holding flaming bowls, a starry night sky, and Grecian columns. My 2 teenaged sons came into the room while I was working out -- both of them asked immediately, "is this the FIRM?" I think Anna & Cynthia Benson and Mark Hendrickson achieved the look they wanted. It was clearly the "new" FIRM (whether Goodtimes wants to acknowledge it or not). As others have mentioned, the colors and the picture quality are amazing. The music is jazzy/world beat type, and fits the workout well. There were only a few places where I felt like the exercises were not done to the beat of the music.
The workout itself is very gentle, with some short cardio sections, very short weight sections, a bit of yoga, and a bit of pilates. There were some interesting moves with the yoga block to help with body alignment. There were many good cues about proper body alignment which I found very helpful.
I suppose this would be best for people very new to exercising, or for intermediate/advanced exercisers coming off an illness or injury, or for an active rest day. The day I did it I was coming off an illness, and I really could not have done anything more strenuous. That said, I'm not sure whether I liked it or not. It didn't seem particularly well organized, and I can't say that there was any part of it that stood out. Fortunately, I'm not often sick, so I can't see it playing a large part in my fitness routine. However, for those days when I'm looking for a chance to just move, I suspect it will come in very handy.
Tamela seems a bit stilted in this workout, and she uses some unusual terminology. Otherwise I thought she was pleasant enough. Most of her cuing was good, although there were a few mistakes, none of them critical.
Women's Health & Fitness Network Flex Posture is part of the FitPrime series and contains 17 minutes of Pilates, 10 minutes of cardio, 21 minutes of yoga and 6 minutes of weights. It ends very close to 55 minutes total. Tamela is a more "mature" and graceful lead than you will remember her in the original Firm's Cardio Burn. She's dressed in a purple top and black shorts, and her Pilates training really shows through in every move.
The warm up begins with sun salutations using the tall step or box as a prop, and then goes into light cardio with mambos and arm sweeps, calf pumps, and plies with arm lifts.
Roll-ups are next, and these work the transverse abdominals. Tamela does these with a yoga block between the knees but modifications using a book are shown. Next we put the block under our glutes I'm assuming as a guide, but I found it easier to do this segment without the block there. It consists of Pilates leg work. Side planks are next, using one leg in front and the block under the other hand as a guide. I think full side planks can be done if you're able to in order to increase the intensity here. I didn't find the supported plank work very challening.
We then go prone for cobra, and leg and arm raises to work the spinal erectors, and the segment ends with the "grasshopper" move which consists of raising the legs while in a prone position, turning the heels toward each other, and tapping quickly. Tamela makes a cute joke about The Wizard of Oz!
Standing work for shoulders using the stick is next, then a cardio segment using the stick.
Here is where the workout seems to take an odd turn for me. I was expecting more of a Pilates and yoga focused workout, and perhaps it's just me and I'm not "getting it", but this next segment didn't seem to fit in with the theme of the workout for me. We do heel pushes into the floor with one leg on the step, then do small lifts as though we were going to do a leg press but not quite. I must not have done these "right" because I didn't feel anything. We then sit on the box and do double lat rows, using light weight. Again, I didn't quite see the point of this. We then do hover squats, and follow with push-ups putting one hand on the box. We end this with plank work in the same position, and I found this part very challenging.
A cardio section follows with the two light weights and some strange hip moves. Again, maybe it's just me but I didn't "get it". We then do the heel engagements on the other leg, followed by shoulder presses with small weights again, and hover squats. Triceps kickbacks using the yoga block as a prop are next, then we do the push-ups and planks with the other hand on the step.
A tree pose segment using the stick as a balance tool is next, and I felt at this point that the workout was "home" again. This was very challenging, and left me feeling strong at the end of it. Leg Pilates work is next, then we go into cat and cow poses, doing some really great variations. Flowing and smooth is the best way to describe this part of the workout. I wish the entire 55 minutes had been more like this part.
We then use the step for yoga moves, but I prefer these moves without a support so I did them that way. We end on the floor again with bow and another Pilates move, then we stretch.
It almost felt to me as if the middle part with the weights was added so the workout could be described as a "fusion", which of course it is, but it just didn't "feel" right to me. I would have preferred an entire workout with yoga and Pilates. Oh well. It's still a very nice workout and Tamela does a great job! I enjoy her like this, and her form is perfect. For that reason, I give this one an A minus!
April 1, 2005
There are 3 original FitPrimes that I
thought shound NOT have been
remade- Steamin' Cardio ('cause Kelsie
was great), Crunch Time ('cause it was a
mediocre old school floor work routine)
and Flex Posture (since it didn't seem to
know what it was). The Steamin' cardio
redo is disappointing, Crunch Time,
about the same as the original and then
there's Flex Posture- which feels
different from the original but still
suffers from not really knowing what
kind of workout it is. I got this free
from whfn, and I want to like these
workouts- I like the crisp clear
production, I like the fire pots (but not
the statues) and I like that the exercisers
wear different colors (especially since
the en vogue thing is to have everyone
in the same color or same outfit). But
so far, I just haven't clicked with any of
these. This is probably the worst of the
bunch, for a few reasons.
1- The parts don't seem to fit. And the
music doesn't match some of the
workout. It just really seems disjointed
and almost as if the music was added
after the fact. there are times when the
music is really cacaphonic and vigorous
but the moves being done are mellow
and slow. The cardio and weight
sessions just come out of nowhere and
don't seem to fit the rest of the workout,
with its pilates-ish, yoga-ish flow.
There's enough to interrupt the flow of
the workout, but not enough to benefit
from them, so it just seems like a throw
2- Tamela. She is such a distracting
instructor. She pouts and poses
through this workout so much its like
she's auditioning for a Vegas showgirl
show. She has a bizarre exhale to
emphasize the breathing pattern, but it
sounds like one of my major appliances
is venting noxious fumes. The camera
also focuses on her butt and chest, and
not when those angles make sense.
Combined with her tendency to pouty
faces, occassional sexy breathy voice,
there were moments I just thought
With the popularity of pilates and yoga
and fusion workouts that incorporate
both with cardio and/or weights, this is
really a subpar workout that looks great.
The production is lovely, but the
workout is disjointed and has an
instructor, that frankly seems to have
gotten the job because she's cute. The
music is interesting, but half the time
doesn't fit the workout, and parts of the
workout seem to have been lifted from
other workouts and stuck in here. the
good moments are few and far between,
and are quickly interrupted either by
Tamela's expressions or some exercise
that doesn't fit, and the moment is
Tamela has many mannerisms that are
distracting and actually impair her
credibility as an instructor. She is very
attractive, a fact which was not missed
by the camera operator since we get
plenty of shots of tamela's butt and
breats, and when such a focus makes no
sense at all. (I don't think Tamela is
responsible for the camera shots, but
those camera angles, combined with
Tamela's mannerisms makes this
workout seems kinda sleazy at times.)