The Firm: Volume 5: Abs, Hips & Thighs WorkoutLaReine Chabut
Year Released: 1991
Categories: Lower Body Strength
It seems like more and more Firm 5 fans are coming out of the woodwork. While this isn't my favorite Firm for the fun factor, it's great and very effective as a lower body workout. Unlike some other reviewers, I really like the double aerobic rewind function. That way I'm able to get in about 11 extra minutes of aerobics, extra high rep/low weight work for the delts, and extra leg presses (!). After doing this section twice and then going on to the lower body floorwork, my legs really feel like jello! I really feel like I've blasted my lower body after doing this tape. I especially like using the dumbbell behind the knee during the tablework--I can really feel my hamstring working to keep the dumbbell from flying across the room! The bridgework cracks me up every time--I just keep hoping that no one walks in on me during that part! ;) The abwork, while not the most interesting the Firm has ever done, is long and effective. This is not a total body workout, but being that the title is "Abs, Hips and Thighs Sculpting," that's to be expected. Just combo it with an upper body tape, or alternate it with a tape that emphasizes the upper body, and you'll be fine. After not having done this one in quite awhile, since the Firm has put out their 90-day rotation, Firm 5 has once again found a home.
As with most of the instructors from the Classic Firms, LaReine does not give many form pointers (I don't think they were included in the script). Some reviewers mentioned that LaReine was off-tempo in the warm-up; I think it's more that the music changes tempo without warning. After a couple of times through the workout, it wasn't a problem for me. I like LaReine's athletic look (athletic as compared to Janet Jones-Gretzky and Sandahl Bergman of Volumes 2 and 3). She does seem comfortable in front of the camera. Her cueing leaves a bit to be desired, but this IS the Firm we're talking about. None of the choreography is complicated, so not a whole lot of cueing is necessary.