The Firm: Cardio Split 1

Nancy Tucker, Allie Del Rio, Jen Carman, Carissa Foster, Dale Brabham
Year Released: 1999

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

I admit it: I only did Cardio Split 1 twice before trading it. If I had gotten this tape before Super Cardio and Super Sculpting, I think it would have lasted longer. I purchased this tape because I was hoping to use it as the FIRM claimed, a tape for when I wanted to split upper and lower body training into two separate days. At the very least, I expected to be able to use this tape as a substitute for the Classics in the FIRM 90-Day Rotation (it is listed as "Slow & Heavy" but is really more about 50/50). In the end, though, I think I would prefer to do half each of Super Sculpting and Super Cardio. I'm not thrilled with the Cardio Split 1's circuit-training format of about three minutes weights and then three minutes of jumping around. It simply feels awkward: much of the weight-work is done while sitting, and none of it are combination upper-lower exercises.

The weight work contained in Cardio Split 1 is only about half of that in Super Sculpting. There ends up being only one set of each exercise, not nearly enough to justify splitting the workout into two days. The warm-up for the upper body sections is really paltry so the second half of the tape doesn't stand alone very well anyway. This tape could be really fun but it just isn't put together quite right.

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