The Firm: Cardio Burn

Tamela Hastie
Year Released: 1999

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

Now I had originally purchased this tape back in 2000. I tried it a couple of times and had a difficult time with it because I was not an advanced exerciser. You see, this workout requires a lot of endurance and energy. So I sold it.

Now, after becoming more advanced, I re-purchased this tape and I had the best time with it! Cardio Burn is a fun video and it really gives you an incredible fat burning workout by keeping your heart rate up.

The tape begins with the warm-up and then progresses in a series of floor aerobics, step work (with some tricky footwork that takes practice), and minimal weight training. Yes, all of your muscles are worked in this tape, but the flavor is mainly cardio. Lots of plyos and power moves, but it is over before you know it. The weight work that comes after the cardio is still enough to keep your heartrate up and then the tape finishes with a great set of abdominal moves and a cool down/stretch.

Try this tape if you are a seasoned, advanced exerciser who is familiar with the FIRM. Don't try this tape if you are a beginner. Trust me, it is worth it when you can build up you strength and endurance because you will get the maximum benefits.

Instructor Comments:
Tamela Hastie is very upbeat and motivating. I like the fact that she seems very "real" as I did the workout - meaning that she had an awesome personality that made me feel as if I was putting my best effort forward.

Jennifer Haag