The Firm: Complete Body Sculpting (BSS3)

Christa Riley
Year Released: 2004

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

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.

Instructor Comments:
Often difficult to hear over the music and when she turned to the side.