The Firm: Cardio Burn

Tamela Hastie
Year Released: 1999

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

This was the first Firm workout I tried and liked.K-mart had it on sale for $12.99, and I think that it's worth that price. Again, I'll say, Firm cardio(in general), is not really cardio. So, if you're looking to get that heart rate up and hold it there for 40 minutes; this tape is not for you. Too mant changes of equipment, first tall box, then floor, add weights, drop the get the picture.

This starts with a short workout(which I've come toexpect from the Firm), if that doesn't suit you, add your own.Then moves into short box work with no weights: toe taps, "karate" front kicks with punches, L steps, knee repeaters, jacks, squats and lunges side to side. Remove the box,and hi/lo with no weights(faster tempo)-calf pumps, Vstep with hops back,hammer curl jacks and double kicks. Then, you get small weights for more hi/lo, but a slower tempo-suats with lateral raises,tap side-front-side with uppright rows, sambas & heel ups. Another tempo chande, faster and no weights-power jumps run, double rins, hip twist and pivot circles(that's what I call them). All of this ends with some tall box work with a barbellhover squats, lunges, dips, squats with raised heels(killer). There are some push-ups and a short ab section. I found this workout fun(especailly for the firm), and this surprised me. Well worth it's price.

Instructor Comments:
Yes, I'll say it again, the Firm instructors are "stiff". Tamela, I think, has the hardest time trying not to be "stiff". She says several times "This is fun", but it's feeble at best. Others have commented on her "poor" form, but I didn't see that. Tamela appears to be very tall,long body and even longer legs. This makes for the appearance of her leaning too far forward during squats and similar exercises.