The Firm: Volume 4: Time-Crunch Workout

Susan Harris, Kai Soremekun
Year Released: 1990

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

This is an older Firm workout that has recently been released on dvd. The dvd is a straight transfer with no chapters or bonuses, but it was nice to have this old favorite finally available in a newer format with clear sound and picture.

The workout has already been extensively broken down, so I will just comment on my impressions of it. Firstly it was nice to have a Firm workout that was not so fussy with equipment. All you needed for this one was weights and a step. It is the only Firm workout I own that does not use a tall step. Also, the sections are a bit longer and more coherent than some Firm workouts, which I felt made the time go by faster. So that was nice.

One thing I did not like, however, was the way they used weights in this workout. Firstly the upper body work was mostly aerobic with light weights, and in some sections the moves were a little on the fast side. They also heavily favored the shoulders, which is not my preference. When I do Firm tapes, I always do biceps work when they do shoulders and shoulder work when they do biceps. I find I get a more balanced workout that way. Also I disagreed with some of their weight selections. I prefer the approach of the newer workouts, where they say now use your lightest or now use your heaviest, as opposed to this one specifying use 5 pounds or use ten pounds. For the above reasons I would not recommend this workout to a new exerciser who might injure themselves, but it you are familiar with exercising and know how to modify you should be fine.

Small quibbles aside, I found this overall a very satisfying routine. Not killer, but a nice general old-school Firm that I am happy to finally have on dvd.

Instructor Comments:
Susan is lovely and professional. Kai is a bit odd and does these weird hand flutter things :-)