The Firm: Strength (aka: Strong Body)

Pam Meriwether
Year Released: 1995

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

Just my own comments to add to the many posted reviews: I agree with Wendy and others that this is much better than the early FIRM volumes, though I like Vol. 6 about equally. The biggest improvement is that SB is less stagy and more natural - some people actually SWEAT, and make faces while lifting (I always suspected the people in the old tapes were using "weights" made of tinfoil, and showered between each shot!)and Pam Cauthen is so much more human and likable, besides giving lots of form tips. SB really lives up to its old name "Variety"; there's enough variety (even toe-touchers!) to keep it interesting, fun and most of all moving along quickly. The only real downer for me is the floor part. I don't find much value in floor legwork and I cannot keep my balance in the position they use. And unlike some reviewers, I think the abs are too easy! Maybe I'm just too used to doing the same ab exercises in health club classes. I also wish there was more heavy barbell work like Vol. 6. I like to alternate this with Vol. 6, because 6 seems to work the shoulders more and SB has more arm work. Another FIRM hater has been converted! Grade: A

Sue B