The Firm Parts: Tough Aerobic Mix II (aka Not-so-Tough Aerobic Mix)

Susan Harris, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Sandahl Bergman, LaReine Chabut, Jayne Poteet
Year Released: 1996

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

I actually got hooked on at home tapes through this video. It's great to start out with. Unfortunately, a beginner may injure themself because of the lack of instruction on squats and lunges. The tape is not "not so tough". The title is deceiving. It gives you a great fat burning workout and challenges any level with the option of adding weights. The segments are short and that keeps it from getting boring. You may want to fast forward through the host, her presence is still a mystery to me. Overall, it's a great, motivating workout for any fitness level.

Instructor Comments:

The instructors on this tape vary, as does my opinion. Unfortunately, all of the instructors skip an explanation of proper form. This is what makes me withold giving this tape a perfect score. It is so important to give complete instructions on form when you put "for beginners" on the outside of the tape. Most people don't know how to do a proper lunge and this tape is full of them. This is what makes this tape have "injury" written all over it. Hint: when doing the lunges skip the 90 degree angle and only bend slightly. Do this until you strenghthen the muscles in your knee area and the rest of your legs. The instructors should immediately inform all users of this tip. The instructors are pretty easy to follow. One, from the Quick Workout Tape (#4) is confusing at times You get confused on her cuing-if she means change legs this time or the next time. The instructor from the 3rd video is totally annoying.Sorry, but I don't look forward to her segments at all. Her moves are weird and I can't figure out what they actually do for my body. The Cha-Cha's are completely ridiculous! The segment I fear is Tape #2 (Janet Jones) she gives your upper body a killer work out. It's great! The instructors on the step are easy to follow.