The Firm Basics: Abs, Buns & Thighs

Stacy Millner-Collins
Year Released: 1997

Categories: Lower Body Strength

I have read the previous reviews of FIRM BASICS Abs, Buns, and Thighs workout with Stacey Millner-Collins, and totally disagree with the reviewers. I am a huge fan of THE FIRM and love all of their videos, but I honestly feel that this one should have never made it to the market. The reason why is because Stacey in only in time with the music for the beginning warm-up and for the rest of the video she starts EVERY sequence one beat ahead. In other words, instead on starting on beat one she starts on beat eight. It is really evident on the low-impact sequence when the beat is very strong. I feel just plain sorry for her when she does the plies to the flowing classical tune, because she literally has to say "pause" because she started wrong; and her face shows it. What makes it worse is she counts out loud and is totally off!! I almost can't blaim her because the music in the video is weird and does not provide a nice steady beat. It took me a few times of doing this video before I figured out why it was so irksome. I can't stand this video and am truly amazed that with all of the people involved in production, that no one told her she was a beat off. Anyone who owns this video needs to look at it again to see that I am right. I e-mailed THE FIRM and told them my findings, although they never responded. While the exercises are great in this video, I simply find it grating on my nerves that she is not on the beat. I give this video a failing grade of "F" and think that THE FIRM should recall it and give all owners a replacement. I also have the FIRM BASICS Fatblaster, with Stacey and Jennifer Carmen, and Stacey does just fine in that video. Unless you can ignore the music and Stacey's horrible job of cuing, DO NOT buy this video.

Christine Eason