The Firm: Crosstrainers - The Tortoise

Susan Harris, Tracie Long
Year Released: 1995

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

I LOVE this workout! It's my favorite Firm video -- I like it even better than Strong Body. I love the ballroom step aerobics. I think it's wonderful of The Firm to bring a bit of grace and elegance to the workout. I like music of all different eras, and I found the ballroom stuff to be an excellent change of pace. I'm a bit of a klutz, so I haven't mastered some of the steps yet, but I still feel much more graceful doing this tape than doing traditional step aerobics, which I find boring and pointless.

I also like this tape because it keeps me in my aerobic zone for even more than the 38 minutes it promises. With most of the other Firm tapes I have, I'm constantly dropping below or going above. (I have a heart rate monitor that beeps when you go above or below,plus the time in zone feature, and I'm an intermediate exerciser) I did go above my zone during some of the weight work, but I didn't really go below it till toward the end of the aerobic portion.

I like having some of the abs first. Ab sections are the parts I like least on any tape, and if they come last, I'm too tempted to skip them altogether. I like that there are a lot of tall box leg presses, dips, and lunges. I'm also very glad that they included the pelvic floor exercises. I really have nothing negative to say about this tape, I'm nuts about it, and I plan to purchase it's companion, The Hare, as soon as I can.