The Firm Basics: Abs, Buns & Thighs

Stacy Millner-Collins
Year Released: 1997

Categories: Lower Body Strength

I was so pleased with this video, in production, exercises, intensity and instruction that I convinced my step-mom to buy a copy for herself, recommended it to my grandmother (who's been curious about the FIRM) and bought a copy for my mom. I almost bought another for my aunt, who likes the FIRM, but says it hurts her knees! The pace is slow enough to not scare away beginners, but doesn't skimp on using weights to sculpt the body. A dowel is used during dips and lunges, and hover-squats. The aerobic sections are very easy and are just enough to keep the body warm (perhaps more intense for beginners).

The FIRM still has an odd selection of music, in my opinion, but this one was the least cheesy of all the FIRMs I've bought. They include everything from techno to classical! At this point, their musical quirks are endearing.

Instructor Comments:
Good, clear instruction on weight use, but even though the aerobic sections were incredibly simple, I found her cueing off.