The Firm: Maximum Cardio Burn (BSS2)

Allie Del Rio
Year Released: 2003

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

OK, well, a number of peoeple really enjoyed this video, but I'm not one of them. It wasn't very fun, I didn't care for the music, and the stick is mostly used for balance, which I don't really need. It's also used
for the standing leg segment, but in a really awkward way that makes me think they were just trying to find a way to use the stick. Also, I actually found myself over-relying on the stick because it was there, so that I wasn't using good form for things like the standing leg work or the
box climbs. For me it's better not to use it at all. And I wonder if people who start with the stick will ever wean themselves off it to really work their balance abilities.

Additional flaws include the complete lack of kickboxing instruction. Are they thinking that beginners are going to do these? Ouch! I see injuries
waiting to happen. And if I do it again, I'll be using 6" instead of 8" for the box aerobics.

The ab work was surprisingly challenging, and I'm not sure if that's an indication of how hard it actually was or just how long it's been since I've done traditional ab work! (Probably the latter.)

In any case, while I enjoyed the Firm's Cardio Step Mix and Fat Blaster, these days I want more of a strength emphasis from my Firm tapes, so I'll be trading this away.

Renee D