The Firm: Fat Blasting Cardio (BSS3)

Lisa Kay
Year Released: 2004

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance , Step Aerobics

About me: I'm an advanced exerciser who enjoys high impact and moderate choreography. I prefer athletic choreography.

Type: Step and floor cardio
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Impact: Moderate (Low impact version is demonstrated)
Length: 35 minutes

This workout uses the new Firm box. This allows the choreography to be more interesting with moves like A steps and over-the-top moves. The problem is that these moves are not broken down or explained. Considering that the Firm has marketed this towards beginners and that the Firm has never used these moves before, I think there should have been more instruction. Nonetheless, those with a basic background in step with be able to follow along despite abysmal cueing.

I do enjoy the workout itself. The step segments seem to last longer than usual Firm cardio workouts where each segment is usually just 2-4 minutes. This creates more flow in the workout. This also gives you more time to learn the combos as they are repeated several times in each segment. The nice thing is that once a segment is done, it's done forever. So there is a lot of TIFTing within each segment but not within the workout.

The segments are fun as the choreography is varied but simple enough that a person who isn't very coordinated can catch on. For example, one segment has lunges off the step, squats off the step and over the top moves. These are all repeated with different arms but someone who has trouble with choreography could stick with simple arms and do the legs. The workout also takes very little space.

This workout would work well as an add on to other cardios or as a stand alone cardio workout on days when you also do weight training.

Instructor Comments:
Very pleasant but cues late or wrong. She missed a few cues completely. Like all Firm instructors, she is scripted so often says silly things like "That was tough!"