The Firm: Crosstrainers - The Tortoise

Susan Harris, Tracie Long
Year Released: 1995

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

I just did this one last night for the first time in several months, and I had forgotten what a good workout it is. It is very complete and also fun. I find the ballroom aerobics to be fairly simple, and I think its a hoot to courtsy. At first, I snickered when I did it, but now I ham it up and have a good time with it (fitness should be fun). The whole dance thing seems civilized and genteel. This is my favorite Firm because for the first time you see a participant, in fact the instuctor, sweat! That's right. Tracy Long sweats! You can see it on her bra top, the thin wet line of perspiration. Firm folks really are real people! I'm not sure why Susan teaches one dance and the stretching. I don't dislike her, but Tracy really is a much better instructor, and Susan doesn't really add anything to the workout. In all, this is a fun video and one heck of a work out.

Instructor Comments:
Tracy is a very good instructor. She actually teaches the moves (a rarity for the Firm) and has a good balance between seriousness and fun. I liked her better before I read an interview with her on one of these forums. She just seemed to parrot the Firm party line. I figured anyone who seemed like such a pro in the fitness biz would be more open minded about the value of a whole variety of workout types, but she really didn't give me that impression. That does not detract, however, from the fine job she does with this workout. She is, in short, an excellent instructor.