The Firm: Volume 4: Time-Crunch Workout

Susan Harris, Kai Soremekun
Year Released: 1990

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

This is great for your upper body. The aerobics are good, too. It's mostly low-impact, but there are some high- impact moves as well.

The entire workout is only 42 minutes, but it packs a lot of wallop into that short time span. The toning segments are aerobic (except for the abs, of course), so you're really getting about 30 minutes of good aerobics. The toning moves are done with lighter dumbbells, at least most of them, because you're moving your arms quickly and stepping at the same time. You WILL be breathing! I used 5-pound weights for most of the stepping, but I had to rest my arms more than a few times. I really should have used 3 pounds.

There are no floor leg exercises. You're asked to put on your ankle weights at one point for dips and adductions (standing), but I don't bother. It's not that long of a segment, and you just have to take them back off again a couple of minutes later. That's the only time in the video you use ankle weights.

Both instructors are very good. Kai is a little more "real world." Susan sometimes acts like she's doing more acting than exercising.

Overall, I give this workout an A. If you want a tough workout in just a little time, this is a good one.

Annie S.