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)

This is a circuit workout divided into two different parts: lower body (24 minutes) and upper body (27 minutes). You can do them together or separately, but if you separate them, there is no warmup for the second part. The workout consists of cardio segments followed by strength segments. The cardio is what you would expect from the Firm -- pretty boring. It's good intensity for the most part, but not exactly fun. I usually start skipping cardio segments as I get further into the tape. The strength segments are good, and are mostly at an intermediate or lower-advanced level, depending on what size weights you use. The Firm calls this an interval workout on the back cover, but it isn't -- it's circuit. Your heart rate never gets high enough to be considered interval.

Despite the boring aerobics, I like this tape anyway. Since the segments change frequently, it seems to go by quickly, and I feel like I got a good workout at the end. Grade A-.

Annie S.