The Firm: Cardio Sculpt BlasterLisa Kay
Year Released: 2002
Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance
Yes, this is definitely NOT the old FIRM: it's mostly low impact, they use a 6" step, there's little weight work, little lower body work, no heavy weight work, and the FIRM signature music has been replaced with same-o-same-o club-style music. BUt after several workouts with CSB, I'm very happy with it. It's a nice mix of step, 4-limb, & floor aerobics. They use 3-5 lb weights. I'm advanced and I modify modify: I use an 8" step and the routines make is easy to add lots of high impact. (It's too fast to heavy up on weights.) I check my heartrate constantly and am always in the high end of my t. zone and sweating! And if you must have club music, this is pretty decent. Bottom line: While I much prefer the old FIRM, this is a solid, fun workout with the FIRM's usual high production values and 2 bonuses: the step is more choreographed than usual, and the lack of heavy weight work means I can use it on my cardio-only days. This is a good one to mix with old FIRMs or other new ones. And hey, now that other instructors are upping their prices to $25 (Cathe, CIA), this is a super buy for $15. I'm glad I didn't let some negative reviews keep me from adding this to my FIRM collection.
Lisa Kay is friendly & cues well. I don't mind her saying how fun it is; I agree with her.