FitPrime Weights First

Tracie Long
Year Released: 2002

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Total Body Workouts

This new video from Anna Benson (co-creator of the FIRM) is a breath of fresh air. True to the original form of aerobic weight training, Weights First has a nice, modern edge to it that incorporates refreshing yoga asanas and interesting choreography. The video is a total-body workout, but there is slightly more emphasis on leg toning with lots of lunges. The types of equipment used in the video include a barbell (dumbbells are also used and can be substituted for the barbell), a balance stick, a medicine ball, and a tall 12" to 14" step-up box.

The video begins with a very fun warm-up with the medicine ball. Here is where concentration on your core (torso) muscles helps make the segment more effective. Then you transition into a variety of lunges, dips, squats, upper body work, and a tall box leg press. There are some heart-pumping sprinkles of cardio in between the resistance training, as well as the yoga asanas that are very easy to follow. The abdominal section of the tape at the end is innovative and makes great use of the medicine ball and a balance stick. Again, concentration on the core and abdominal muscles really make these exercises work.

Because this tape has a heavy emphasis on the legs, I feel that it would be best suited for intermediate to advanced exercisers. I have been doing aerobic weight training videos since 1994 (specifically FIRM videos) and Weights First was tough on my legs. But it is a good kind of tough because after you finish the entire tape, you feel lighter, refreshed, and ultra-toned. Overall, this tape gives you a great workout.

Instructor Comments:
Tracie Long returns to lead Weights First. She is a familiar face from the FIRM videos and once again she brings her talent to the home exercise scene. She is easy to follow and has a charismatic personality that the exerciser can feel. Her cuing is great and she has some moments that are very motivational.

Jennifer Haag