The Firm: Total Body - Body Sculpting Basics VHS
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Interval workouts incorporate a variety of activities that are powerful and short in duration. These intervals create an anaerobic workout that forces the body to adjust to variations of intensity and motion. Interval training has the real potential to burn fat and build strength. The Firm: Body Sculpting Basics utilizes these same aerobic and anaerobic components to create a 60-minute workout that promotes strength and stamina. Instructor Susan Harris presents simple dance-style aerobic combinations and weightlifting techniques that are sure to make you break a sweat. This video is somewhat dated (lots of '80s-style leg warmers and traditional dance aerobic movements), but the content is so stellar that it would more appropriately be coined as a fitness classic. Pliés, squats, and split-leg lunges work the major muscles of the lower body, while lateral raises, curls, and push-ups concentrate on the upper body. Light weights (5 to 8 pounds) are used throughout this workout, and a set of ankle weights may be helpful if you are looking for a challenge. Cueing comes quickly and Harris does not give much information on form or body alignment. Therefore, beginners should watch the informational portion of this video (the segment immediately before the workout) in order to train as confidently and safely as possible. This is a brilliantly designed program that merges weight training and cardio in an effective and approachable (not to mention quick) package. --Olivia Voigts
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This is a work out that if you put your all into it you will really see a difference very quickly. I used to have it on VHS and I could get in shape extremely fast when I was in my late twenties early thirties. At the age of 55 it takes longer but the differences are already noticed with other firm classic DVDs such as Sandhal Bergman and Tracy Long classics. The Susan Harris is a phenomenal workout but I wish I would have bought this from a different seller and got a real Gaiam which is what I thought I was buying.
As for the workout itself it is a combination of cardio and strength building. As you build up your strength you start to add weights and you can start to increase the weights. She does talk about using proper form although she has a couple of positional errors herself and she makes me cringe a little when she says knees over toes because that can set you up for knee injuries. It is well balanced with a very substantial floor segment of approximately 20 minutes working the hips and legs as well as the abs, pecs,shoulders.
I suppose just saying that I had this video when I was in my twenties and despite the really goofy exercise attire especially on the men it is timeless.
You'll need light, medium, and heavy weights. I use 2 pound, 5 pound, and eight pound weights. The instructor Susan Harris uses much heavier weights which is very motivating! You'll also need a board about 2 inches thick by about 2 feet long and about 3-4 inches deep.
VERY nice change. It's all basic strength moves in a great sequence.
Granted it is rather old but despite the leotards, you really kick some butt. I felt it was worth the money to own it.
(yes, her voice borders on the pornographic but whatever. I can ignore it)
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