The Firm: Strength (aka: Strong Body)

Pam Meriwether
Year Released: 1995

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

The other reviewers do a very good job describing the routine; I will only add my positive comments and constructive criticism. To the positive: This is my first FIRM video, and I am impressed with how thorough the workout is. I would not call this an aerobic workout, no matter what Collage says; I don't think my heart rate was in the training zone for any significant period of time. But, my muscles loved it! The hour flew by. At first, I felt somewhat self-conscious during the routines, since they all seem to end with some kind of silly flourish. However, as I got down and sweaty, I just enjoyed being pressed by the various exercises. Pam Cauthen's form is impeccable, and toward the end, when I was getting tired, I appreciated her words of encouragement.

To the less-than-positive: I previewed the video before I did it, and couldn't help but to notice that a couple of the women in the class seem to be heaving around more weight than they can comfortably handle. I think the instructor could spend a bit more time reviewing proper form for the exercises, for everyone's sake. Also, I found it a bit annoying to have to set up and juggle through and not trip over so much equipment (two steps, body bar, towel, ankle weights, four sets of dumbells - oh my!).

Overall, I'd call this an impressively thorough strength workout.

Instructor Comments:

Uses lots of jargon; perhaps the terms are familiar to "Firm Believers," but at several points in the video, I found myself wondering what she was talking about. However, she is very fit and inspiring!

Lesley B