The Firm: Strength (aka: Strong Body)

Pam Meriwether
Year Released: 1995

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

I really like Pam's leading style. She doesn't seem "bouncy" or fake. Also, when you look at her muscle definition... you know she has worked very hard to achieve her level of fitness.

I think her cueing is adequate. She uses perfect form, and encourages others to follow. One problem I have with most of the FIRM tapes is that they just don't give you enought time to put on ankle weights. body: I think Strong Body has a terrific variety of exercises. I especially like the focus they place on working back muscles, often neglected in other videos.

I love doing the leg presses on the 14" box! I also think the ab work is really well-planned and very challenging.

I occasionally use a heart-rate monitor during exercise to be sure I remain in my training zone. I was glad to find that Strong Body keeps me at about 70% of my maximum heart rate.

I love the FIRMS set and filming style. Also, I really like that the FIRM use strong, fit women.

Christine Letsky