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 really am loyal to the FIRM because I enjoy weight training, but I decided it was time for me to work on my aerobic capacity for endurance and fat loss. So, not wanting to stray too far from the FIRM I bought this tape. I really enjoy the fact that its still good weight work inside of 30 minutes of continuous aerobics, and all low impact.
It was easy to follow,(I very much prefer athletic moves to dancy ones) but not an easy workout. I really feel that I've worked out thoroughly after this tape. The only negative points is the fact that your biceps get worked like crazy, but its not balanced with any tricep work to speak of. Since its short (about 40 minutes), I just add some tricep and ab work when I'm done.
I don't especially like the warm up (too much footwork, and I don't think it really warms me up), but its not bothersome enough to change my opinion of the tape. I think the little clips with the "guest instructor" (who does nothing but pose) between each section are a little hokey, but it doesn't take away from the workout. Overall, a good aerobic workout that doesn't leave out weight work.
This is one of the FIRM parts series, so you get a glance at all the FIRM Classic intructors. I really liked that fact that I was able to get an idea of what the Classics were like. I own volume 2 and 3, and after this tape I was convinced to buy volume 4 and 6, but not 5. The instructer from volume 5 is odd in a way I just cannot put my finger on. I like Susan Harris and Jayne Poteet. They are neither too stern nor too bubbly.