The FIRM: Cardio Overdrive
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cardio overdrive will kick your weight loss into high gear. Unique low impact cardio and body shaping exercises burn calories both during and after this dynamic workout. Tone your legs, arms and waist to the high-energy beat with easy-to-follow steps and Alison s expert coaching.
45-minute Complete Workout
25-minute Express Workout
Optional Equipment: The FIRM Cardioweights
The FIRM Methodology
For more than 25 years, The FIRM has combined sculpting and cardio in a unique, effective way to help you develop the body you ve always wanted. The FIRM method maximizes your ability to sculpt and shape your entire body, burning up to three times more fat than cardio alone.
REAL WOMEN. REAL RESULTS. GUARANTEED.
cardio overdrive with Master Instructor Alison Davis
Learn & Burn FIRM Moves Tutorial
New FIRM Workout Trailers
Includes Spanish Audio Tracks
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Top Customer Reviews
I had been using Barry's Bootcamp for the past couple weeks. It's nice, but with those 30 second breaks every minute, I didn't feel like I was really getting my heart rate up. I think Barry's is fine for those who are in good shape and want to stay that way, but if you have a lot of fat to lose, the FIRM is the way to go. I've used them in the past, and it's like taking a potato peeler to the front of your thighs!
I started out this video with high expectations. The warm-up was kind of fast and I thought maybe I had skipped over it by mistake. But I kept on going. I should mention that I'm well over 200lbs; I had used the TransFIRMation steps in the past but you're not supposed to use them if you're over 250lbs. I did, and I cracked them. I digress. For the othe reviewers who might say that there are missed cues or it's hard to follow... do it again! Sheesh, an exercise video is to be used many times, not just once and complan that it's too difficult. They used music like Salt N Pepa's "Push It" and at times the moves even felt like I was in a cheerleading competition. I love the way you learn a couple moves well and then add on. Very easy to follow and a delight to watch. Sumi is the beginning person and I was happy to see that I could even out-do her -- and she was gettin' down with her bad self! I don't have bad knees so I can't comment on that, but I could do every thing that was put forth to me.
All of a sudden, she says, "it's time to cool down..." Whoa! I look up and over 40 minutes have passed. I was disappointed that I didn't sweat, but when I took off my shirt, it was soaking. Three-quarters of an hour and I didn't realize how hard I was sweating and I didn't realize how much time was flying by. You work your butt off (literally) and you're having so much fun that you don't feel like it's a workout. That makes it the best workout on earth!
The 5-minute warm-up didn't drag like some of the Firm warm-ups tend to do, and it flowed right into the first cardio combination. (Note: each segment of this workout lasts approximately 5 minutes, and although there are no chapter menus, there are internal chapter breaks so that you could uses the skip button of your remote to move forward & back if desired.) The initial cardio segment includes step taps, knee ups with a leg sweep, and a "quad star" (rather than the usual tri star) with pony arms. This is followed by the first AWT (aerobic weight training) segment, with Allison and crew using light weights. The first move is what Allison calls the "back & bun burner," a side squat with row. Other exercises in this segment include a clean & press with a front kick, a squat with biceps curl, and a front lunge with a side/rear delt raise. The transitions felt a bit rushed here, but the HR does stay up.
After this, it's back to cardio. The first move involves a side step forward and back with hip shake or optional skater jumps. This is followed by a front/back/front kick, a glute/knee/glute raise, and finally, a samba with bow & arrow arms. The next cardio section was my least favorite. It was mostly high impact (although Sue Mi showed low-impact options), with power jogs, high knees, and plyos, but I just didn't find the choreography to be very much fun.
Next comes another AWT segment. This one begins with a dip and scoop combination and then a side/front lunge "corkscrew" move. Moving on, Allison adds knees up with a triceps press and crunch plus a side step with upright row. After this, there are just two more cardio sections to finish. The first begins with a back V-step and moves into jacks and knee repeaters. The second starts with a back-side-front step and then adds in a leg swing, a glute extension, hamstring curls, and twists and swings to finish. The 6-minute cool-down consists of flowing moves and dynamic stretches, bringing the total workout time right in at 46 minutes.
This is a decent workout that I would rate as low intermediate. My heart rate stayed within my working zone the entire time, yet I never felt worn out or like I was gasping for breath. I found most of the choreography to be fun, but sometimes the Firm's arm movements feel a bit "fussy" to me, and some of the moves in this workout felt overly rushed. Still, I thought this was a solid cardio workout, and I would recommend this DVD.
Other people complain about the Firm's cuing, and while I agree that the first couple of times are tricky, I appreciate the fact that they move you quickly through the moves so that when you're doing it for the 50th time, you're not completely bored with the "instructional" nature of it.
This is a fun workout, it does have it's cheesy moments, such as when Alison says, "Triceps and tummy are two very important parts of the body for a woman." In her southern accent, it's just too much and I always wince. However, who cares! It's a good, solid workout with no floor exercises and very little weights.