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.
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!