The Firm: Volume 5: Abs, Hips & Thighs Workout

LaReine Chabut
Year Released: 1991

Categories: Lower Body Strength

I like all the instructors on the Firm tapes I have (Strong Heart, Strong Body, Volume 4 and Volume 5). As I commented in the next section, I think [La Reine Chabut's] timing must be off because I often have a tough time following her (find myself on the wrong foot, etc.) whereas I don't have a problem with the other instructors.

I started The Firm with two of the "Parts" videos, Standing Legs and Upper Body, which I liked so much that I decided to try other Firm tapes. I used the reviews on this Web site to help me decide which ones to order. I noticed that the only comment on Volume 5 was that it was "not as well liked" as others in the series, but that the instructor was the reviewer's favorite. The reviewer didn't say why she thought this tape was less preferred. Now that I've done it several times, I'd like to add my thoughts. Of the 6 Firm videos I have, this one is probably my least favorite. However, I don't dislike it by any means. LaReine's timing seems a bit strange and I find myself doing "Pause" and "Rewind" much more frequently than on other tapes. I do like the "double aerobics" feature where a signal comes on to tell you when to stop and rewind to repeat the aerobics section. The ab section is very good. I'm not particularly happy with one of the leg lift exercises where she suggests clamping a 5 - 8 pound dumbbell at the back of your knees. I keep thinking I'm going to lose control of that weight and it'll go flying somewhere. I'd prefer to add extra poundage on the ankle weights, or even another ankle weight band above the knee. I think this would accomplish the same goal without the danger.

I'll definitely keep doing this one.

Marcia Tremmel