The Firm: Cardio Sculpt BlasterLisa Kay
Year Released: 2002
Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance
A little about me: I'm a FIRM Believer from way back. I bought my first FIRM, Vol. 1, in 1992 at the recommendation of a (ripped) friend of mine. I'm an intermediate exerciser who fell back to the beginning level, and thanks to 14 FIRM workouts, I'm back where I was.
I was a little skeptical of the new FIRM, but BSS1 won me over. So I got the add ons also. Cardio Sculpt Blaster did not disappoint. I'm now used to the corporate FIRM set as opposed to the Jungle, Grecian or Library sets of years past.
The cuing was great, the workout can be made easier by not using the Fanny Lifter, made more challenging by adding more power moves, or done as is. There are fun A-steps, L-Steps, straddles and a few grapevines. I'm not really a fan of TIFT, but this was innocuous and fun, and even a klutz like me could keep up. I was pleasantly worked out, sweaty but not out of breath, and ready to move forward with my evening when I finished.
The music was a little hard to hear at first, but I think in the long run I'll like the workout more because the music didn't become the major sticking point. There are no tuba running songs or 80s guitar riffs, which I've finally figured out can be a good thing.
Frankly, this is what I wish Not So Tough Aerobic Mix had been, a short cardio workout that I could do on the days between total body workouts, or on days I needed a shorter or lighter workout.
Lisa does a great job cuing this short cardio workout, and she looks great!