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The Firm: Dangerous Curves Ahead (2008)

Alison Davis  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alison Davis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Firm
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0018BEG5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,737 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Includes Bonus Resistance Loop

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workout :-0 September 5, 2008
The Firm have been impressing me lately. I wasn't always a fan of theirs but their latest releases have been so good I am going back to them now and really enjoying them. Alison is back and doing another terrific job with cuing and motivating you. She's encouraging without being over the top and she lets you know what's up next in time to get it down.
This workout uses a mix of aerobics with toning and comes with a cool looped band. The intervals are about 8 minutes each and keep your heart rate up and tone your muscles at the same time which to me, seems to be the best way to shape up quick. There is also ab work done on the floor so it really does get to your entire body. It is probably best suited for intermediate to advanced exercisers and even for me (intermediate-ish), it's challenging enough. My legs were burning while doing the lower-body portion and that gives me encouragement to keep going because I know I'm doing some good.
I really enjoy this. It's fun and fat burning and led so well. It's a new favourite of mine and hope that The Firm will keep bringing out quality workouts like this.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific workout for intermediate FIRMers and above! September 16, 2008
This workout was terrific! I have been using the FIRM since 2005 and I this is definitely one of my favorites. The 55 minutes passed very quickly and for occasions when I don't have that amount of time, there are 3 express workout options. Alison's cueing is supurb and she generally stays in tempo. When the resistance band is utilized, she allows adequate time for the band to be properly placed. Although there are the usual "beginner modifications," they generally are not referred to this way and I think that's a big hint that this is not quite the place for beginners to start. (Speaking of which, the only downside of the entire workout is that Alison gets a little bossy with Emily, who is performing the modifications.) The cardio portions are very challenging, even when one opts out of the plyometric power options available. The resistance portions are excellent as well. I was particularly impressed by the ab portion at the end! I highly recommend this workout for intermediate and above exercisers.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but rather high impact November 19, 2008
This is a total body workout with one 55 min workout, and three separate express segments; one for cardio, one for sculpting, and one that is cardio-abs. 145 minutes total, and I got a band! I really enjoyed doing this workout. I have been a FIRM junkie for 10 years now, have done everything from Susan Harris and Traci Long videos to the newest Transfirmation system. This one falls somewhere towards the top of my ratings.
What I liked:
This is another video with Allison Davis-McLain as the lead. She is very motivating. I thought that Emily did a great job as the "modifier." There were a couple of new faces too that were energetic. Time did seem to cruise on by, I sweated, and my ab muscles ached the next day, which is always a good sign to me.
What I didn't like:
This video contained a lot of calf-pump type jumping exercises, which for me, is a killer on my knees and my calfs (Duh, right?). There was also something Allison called the "lunge plyo" where I was supposed to go into lunge position jumping when I switched legs. I didn't attempt to do that one.. looked kind of scary to me. I also didn't like that Allison would say every once in awhile "Now listen!" I don't like being talked down to in an exercise video; I kind of felt like I was in kindergarten when she did that.
All in all, a lot of fun, and a lot of bang for my buck.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow January 18, 2010
By Marta
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As other reviewers said, this is a great workout for intermediate levels and above. There is more cardio than some of the other videos I have but it is good for days I want that. However.... I have problems following the moves. The instructor doesn't explain the moves at all and there is no time left to practice a move before moving on to the next one or adding to it. I found myself having to choose between getting a workout at all or trying to follow the moves, so I chose the first and just did something random whenever I couldn't follow what was going on - which was a lot. I usually need a move or two to switch from one sequence to the next, and if she only does it one on each side and moves onto the next, I have lost half the workout.

It is frustrating because I am not going to spend time just to learn the moves, I want a workout. Otherwise this would be just at the right level for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Girls Be Careful of the Band December 30, 2008
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I enjoyed this new Dvd by the Firm . I was a little disappointed though by the band I have rather large thighs and when I attempted to place the band around my upper thighs, as the workout suggested it got all twisted up and started to cut of my blood cirulation to my legs. Please be aware if you are full at the bottom like round hips and big butt with thighs this might be difficult for you to use. I enjoyed the dvd otherwise I love Allison and I plan on getting in touch with the women at the Firm about this problem . Just Please Be Careful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Calorie Burn! October 29, 2008
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I buy everything The Firm puts out, and for the longest time, I couldn't imagine a Firm workout without thinking of "three sets of dumbbells, light, medium, and heavy" and some kind of step. Dangerous Curves Ahead is a departure from this formula. The aerobic work is all done on the floor, and you use just one pair of light-ish dumbbells, plus the "resistance loop." (The exercisers in this workout use The Firm's Cardio Weights, so if you already have these, you can choose how heavy you make your weights. If not, you can use dumbbells you already own. I use 5 pounds for this workout.)

I was surprised at how effective this workout is. I exercise 5-7 days a week, an hour at a time. The footwork is fairly easy to pick up, especially if you're kind of used to Alison Davis' choreography. There are a couple spots during the full workout where the cueing is a little off, but once you do the workout a few times, you'll know it well enough to know what's coming up. The work you'll do with your dumbbells is fairly predictable and mostly 4-limb. There's some good focus on triceps in this one. The Resistance Loop must be a little more intense than the one Alison and Company use, because I've been at exercising for a while, and I found myself following Emily's "beginner" modification during the side-plank series. But if the Resistance Loop is a little too tight for you to begin with, you could probably make your own by looping a Dyna Band so you'd have more stretch, then work your way up to the Resistance Loop that comes with this workout.

What I particularly like about Dangerous Curves Ahead is that you're able to tailor this workout to the length of workout you have time for and to the kind of workout you want to do on a given day: cardio, sculpt/tone, or the whole 55-minute workout. It isn't really geared for beginners, but it's definitely something you can modify (don't use the band or dumbbells, make the cardio moves less intense), and grow into.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
It was tough to get in to this at first because it goes so fast. I started doing the shorter version and eventually caught on and now I really like this workout. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BE
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!!
Love this workout! The firm always guarantees results within 10 workouts....I got results after 5 workouts. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amanda Chiasson
3.0 out of 5 stars I like it!
I liked the DVD, the band is a little tight. Worth the purchase. Another good one from the firm. Try it!
Published on February 15, 2012 by Mcarlu
5.0 out of 5 stars Does its job!
133lbs - 585 calories burned. Some parts are slower and could be more upbeat and challenging, while others raise my heart rate so high I wish it would hurry up and end! Read more
Published on January 22, 2012 by MWB
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Great One
Don't let the cute title fool you... this is a serious workout! Alison is one of my favorites because her cuing is always really good. Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by Pam Staryak
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite, but still good.
I am a HUGE Firm follower. This is definitely not my favorite. There is lots of jumping. I am okay with the occassional jumps or leaps within the sessions. Read more
Published on July 16, 2011 by W. Germain
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I like that this DVD comes with a resistance band instead of only using weights. However, as other reviewers have noted, I don't think the band is as stretchy as the ones they have... Read more
Published on May 13, 2011 by smoosl4
4.0 out of 5 stars Good workout
This is a pretty good workout. As with all workouts, the more effort you put into it, the better the workout. Read more
Published on May 2, 2011 by S. Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite firm workout!
I love this dvd! It's 60 minutes that delivers such a great workout! The band adds such a different form of resistance, and you can really feel it working. Read more
Published on April 19, 2011 by Arlyne Andrevil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Workout
I love all of The Firm workouts that are lead by Alison Davis-McLean. She instructs and explains the moves with enough time to follow her before she completes the move. Read more
Published on April 1, 2011 by JLD1208
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