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

LaReine Chabut
Year Released: 1991

Categories: Lower Body Strength

This is one of those workout tapes I would use only in rotation with something else--like Vol. 4. I can't imagine using this tape alone, or making it a main workout tape. There is not enough upper-body work to make this a true total-body workout. This tape is about 45 minutes long. The warm-up is strange--it includes, I kid you not, a waltz move. Vol. 5 includes a "double-aerobics" feature--10 minutes of aerobics that you can rewind and do twice for 20 minutes of aerobics. I like this feature--doing the double-aerobics is tough! The aerobics section consists of stepping on the short box with hand weights and leg presses on the tall box. There are some squats, but no lunges or dips on the floor and no floor aerobics. Next, there is floorwork (leg lifts and variations), bridgework (set to really goofy music) and abs. LaReine uses a dumbbell behind the knee and ankle weights. This is a thorough, if somewhat boring, lower-body workout.

Another bland FIRM instructor who provides minimal to no pointers on form.

Elaine C.