The Firm: Volume 4: Time-Crunch Workout

Susan Harris, Kai Soremekun
Year Released: 1990

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

There are several excellent reviews regarding this workout but I did want to add my impressions. I am a relative beginner at working out and still have a bit of weight to lose, but I love this workout. Even though I have most of the Firm tapes, I find myself using this one a lot for several reasons. First, because it is only 45 minutes, I can fit it in even when I am really busy (and who isn't, these days?). I find I get a much more thorough workout than with Firm, Vol 5--you get a little bit of everything with this tape. Second, the aerobics are good and still challenge me but I love the strength training especially the leg work. The lunges are killer especially when you add heavier weights and I really like the leg abductions (I think that is the correct term). I must respectfully disagree with one reviewer about this part of the tape. I think it is worth the time to put on the ankle weights. I can tell a big difference when I do and think it is more effective with the weights.(Thank goodness for the "Pause" button on the remote control.) Anyway, I recommend this tape for those of you who are just starting out with the Firm and/or aerobic weight training. It is motivating to be able to start a fitness program and actually complete an exercise tape--and still get a great, time-efficient workout. This (along with Vol 6, Strong Body, and Not So Tough Aerobics)is one of my favorites!!!!