The Firm: Volume 4: Time-Crunch Workout

Susan Harris, Kai Soremekun
Year Released: 1990

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

This is one of those videos I've had for years, and I still do it regularly. I agree with other reviewers that it really packs a wallop in 42 minutes!

I've changed how I use this video. I used to do it as a "light, fast" Firm workout, using light weights and getting an aerobic benefit (20 minutes in my target heart rate zone). Now I'm trying the method of using heavy weights and fewer reps though, so what I do is this. I use it purely as a strength workout, and therefore use the heaviest weights possible. During the sections on the step, I do the arm movements at half the tempo Kai does them. By doing this, I end up working anaerobically much of the time, but that's OK 'cause I do other tapes for pure aerobics.

Anyway, my point is that this is a pretty flexible tape. It can be used on a "light" day or be pretty killer. It gives you a good overview of most of the muscle groups for those days when you're crunched for time. Grade: A.

Instructor Comments:
Both of these instructors are fine. I don't think there's really anything outstanding about them, but they get the job done.

Mary Truscott