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

LaReine Chabut
Year Released: 1991

Categories: Lower Body Strength

For a lot of people, this is the weakest of the six-volume original firm set. In isolation, I would agree.

There is very little upper body work so it can't be considered a total body workout. The cue-ing is always late which makes the cardio sections difficult to follow. To make matters worse, the choice of music isn't the best. Normally, counting in fours and following the beat of the music makes FIRM cardio easy to follow. However, one of the aerobic tunes in this workout has no beat which makes it really difficult to keep up with.

That said, I think this workout is a great compliment to the first four volumes and especially vol. 4. Its content basically makes up for shortcomings of the previous four. The first section is steady cardio, complementing the more broken up cardio of the first four. Next is some intense heavy lower body including tall box climbs which cannot be found to this extent in 1-4. After that, you go to the floor for the longest set of abs in the firm classics. Finally lower body floor work which was skipped in vol. 4. The entire contents of this video address shortcomings of the first four volumes in the set.

People also cite the rewind feature as being a problem with this tape. In a way I think that it is sort of silly but then again, this was made before DVD was available so they didn't have a lot of options. I think it does give the workout some added flexibility. You can do it as is for a 50-minute workout or double the cardio and/or standing
lower body for a longer workout.

Instructor Comments:
I don't think the instructors in firm classics should actually be called instructors. They're more like presenters. Which is okay as long as you are able to concentrate on proper form without instruction.