THE FIRM - Body Sculpting System (3 Pack)
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The Fanny Lifter is the key to The Firm's success. Without the Fanny Lifter, The Firm is a typical cardio+toning workout that can be purchased at a much cheaper price. The 14" (6" + 8") step is higher than any stepper that I've ever used doing step aerobics. I felt the "good hurt" in my hips and inner/outer thighs after the very first workout. After several workouts I began to feel the difference in jeans, though I still have a ways to go to reduce by derriere. I'm also gaining definition in my arms. As long as I continue to see results with The Firm, I don't plan on renewing my gym membership.
The Firm isn't perfect. Each video shows participants at various levels. In each video not enough camera time is given to the beginner. If you purchase the DVD it lacks scene selection. The only way to return to a segment of workout is to rewind it just like a VCR. The plus over a VCR - three workouts (cardio, upper body, abs) appear on one DVD. Finally, I wouldn't purchase the DVD or tape with buying (or already owning) the Fanny Lifter.
- Cardio Sculpt with Allie DelRio (60 minutes)
- Body Sculpt with Jennifer Carman (50 minutes)
- Ab Sculpt with Lisa Kay (30 minutes)
These workouts require dumbbells and The Firm's Fanny Lifter. For dumbbells, they suggest 3-lb., 5-lb, and 8-lb. weights to start. The Fanny Lifter is a total of 14" high, so if you have knee problems you may want to work on strengthening your legs before you attempt these workouts. The Fanny Lifter has two parts: one 6" high, and one 8" high. Throughout the workouts you use the Fanny Lifter in different combinations, a regular step will not substitute for it.
Each of these DVDs is a challenging workout. If you are new to exercising at home, you may want to start off with something easier, such as Kathy Smith's Personal Trainer Sculpting Workout or Lift Weights to Lose Weight. If you already have a foundation of strength training, these workouts are going to push you further and harder, helping you build muscle and endurance.
The Cardio Sculpt workout runs about 60 minutes. There are no special features on the DVD, only the workout itself. The workout uses 10 - 15 minute segments of strength training, mixed with 2 - 3 minute bursts of low-impact cardio exercises. The strength training includes every area of your body: lots of squats for the lower body, push-ups for the chest as part of the warm-up, 4 minutes of non-stop sit-ups for the abs, and the tricep French press. There is a 4-minute warm-up and a closing stretch. Throughout the workout, Allie guides you through stretching out the muscle groups that you just worked. This is an excellent combination of tried-and-true muscle conditioning and sound exercise principles.
These three workouts will help you to tone and condition your body.Read more ›
I must admit that my first reaction to these new tapes was not overwhelming. They didn't make me want to jump into my workout gear and get started immediately upon opening. HOWEVER, once I took the time to learn the routines and focus on the exercises, they are working well for me.
My primary purpose in using these videos is muscle tone development and sculpting. I use the Ab Sculpt video with Lisa Kay as a part of every workout. It is quick, simple, and it gets the job done. I primarily use the Body Sculpting video with Jennifer Carmen. I do not use the Cardio Sculpt video. I don't like fancy aerobic footwork and I prefer to get my aerobic workout from running. However, I must note that I got a heart monitor for Christmas and I was pleasantly surprised to see even the Body Sculpt video gives a deceptively good aerobic workout!
The Body Sculpting video with Jennifer Carmen is very effective. The tape is broken into two major sections: Lower Body and Upper Body. The lower body portion of the tape is challenging and I enjoy doing it. It contains of the lunges, dips and leg presses we have grown to love. The upper body portion of the tape is not as challenging as others, but it is complete in terms of muscle group coverage.
I personally prefer formats where the upper body and lower body work are mixed throughout the video and not broken up into two separate sections.
My favorite Firm workout tape of all time is: The Firm Cross Trainers: Super Sculpting. However, I keep these new Ab Sculpt and Body Scupt videos in my Firm video rotation mix and use them on a weekly basis.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this workout! I have gotten more compliments on my muscle definition since working out with these 3 programs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Suzanne
I originally used this firm workout about 15 years ago on VHS and ruined my cassettes. When I found these DVD sets it was really nice to get back to the workout program that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by B.T. Phillips
I've been using this workout since 2003. I ditched the Ab DVD with Lisa a few years ago as it is not a good workout at all (spot exercising, basically). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lolly
These were the best videos, lost all of my baby fat really quickly. They don't make videos like these anymore!Published 9 months ago by Miss the old workout
I absolutely love these workouts! The exercises work all the major body parts in cardio, strengthening & toning; and, they are great for all fitness levels.Published 11 months ago by Shirley A. Smith
THIS had my body ready for the SUMMER!!! I learned it so well that i muted the TV and did the workout to my own music. VERY EASY to follow and FUN to do!Published 11 months ago by MzGlamourAddict
This system does exactly what it says it will do...lifts your fanny! It really trims your stomach, hips and thighs, too! Its a tough video, but it really works!Published 12 months ago by Bubbles