Slim Series: Firm it Up

Debbie Siebers
Year Released: 2003

Categories: Lower Body Strength

This is another Beachbody production, part of the Slim Series. It has the same dvd features as the other workouts in the series (minimal chaptering, music off option and ads for other things) and the same layout as most beachbody productions, with a message bar along the bottom of the screen and time clocks for the section and the workout as a whole.

The workout is lower-body-focused and is about half standing work and half floor work. The standing work uses a chair for balance, but a dowel could also be used. It is fairly traditional stuff, squats and kicks with variations and short combo sections. Then there is a leg lift and leg extension section. The floor work is mostly pelvic tilt stuff with variations. I did not enjoy it much.

There were two problems I had with this workout. First, as usual, Debbie does not mirror cue and this can be a problem for some of the moves were alignment is critical and you'll be trying to copy her posture (I am thinking particularly of a very slow kick type move she does at one point). I would suggest following Debbie's visual and simply subbing left for right to follow her.

Secondly, I felt this workout should have included stretch breaks during the routine, instead of leaving them all for the cool-down. The exercises are fairly high-rep here and I think it's safer in such cases to stretch during rather than pressing on and on for an interminable hour with more and more punishing work. Especially during the floor section, where I started feeling twingy in my lower back after yet another series of lifts and tilts, I was resenting having to cut a few reps to get in a short break.

Overall---this workout was not bad enough that I'd break up my set to get rid of it. But I am not sure it's good enough that I'd do it again. I have lower body workouts that are shorter, better and more interesting.

Instructor Comments:
Debbie was all right, but she did not feel very 'warm' to me. I did not really bond with her, but did not find anything really wrong with her either.