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

LaReine Chabut
Year Released: 1991

Categories: Lower Body Strength

Something that keeps popping up in the reviews of this video is that the instructor's timing seems off. I don't think her timing is off so much as the music is tough to keep with. In the stepping section, the tempo goes from triplets to regular beating. It's really hard to explain, and really hard to get the hang of. I tend to think of it as a sabotage of the rest of the video. The rest of the video is pretty cool, and I like LaReine, but even as a musician, I have a hard time with it. I don't know if it was LaReine's idea to put it in, or if it was the FIRM's idea to mix up the tempo like that, but it makes the video hard to follow in that section. I think it would have been better to have a waltz tempo section, followed by a regular tempo, rather than alternating every other set. It is still a quality tape, but the tempo changes may mess you up the first several times.

Suzette Petty