Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The FIRM Strength Review

The FIRM Strength
Pam Cauthen-Meriwether, 1995

This is a 59 minute mostly strength workout led by Pam in the library set with a large group of background exercisers. You will need a variety of dumbbells, an optional barbell, a tall box, and a pair of ankle weights for this workout.

I like this workout and it thourghouly works all your muscle groups. You will do a few sets of leg press, dips, lunges, sqauts, pliets, plenty of upper body work including back, shoulder, tricep, and bicep work with various different exercises for each body part. After about 40 minutes of standing work you go down to the floor for some lying inner thigh and ab work. My abs were definately feeling it by the end!

Pam intersperses some cardio sets into the strength work to get/ keep your heartrate up. It is all basic athletic cardio and is easy to follow. There are also a few light 4-limb sections.

Pams cueing is good and I was never lost or wondering which leg now??? I like her as a lead. I would rate this workout a low advanced strength workout if you really heavy up. She does go slow enough to allow for pretty heavy poundage (as far as Firm standards go). There are enough exercises to fatigue your muscles IMO.


  1. Loving your blog Lindsey, you've got me back on track with exercising with fitness dvds!! Thank you.

  2. Hmmm..I was skeptical about all these toning shoes. I may have to get myself a pair.

  3. Banana Nut for me!
    Gosh that oatmeal looks fabulous.
    I often make oatmeal with walnuts and would love trying it with a chocolate flavored protein powder.

    Think I will be stopping by the Sketcher's outlet store in AC on my next trip too.

  4. I posted this morning about mourning the death of my MBTs (which are basically the same thing from what I've been told). With the MBTs, at least, there IS a higher calorie burn than with normal shoes. I tested it with my BodyBugg doing the same treadmill walk with those and normal shoes :)

  5. Susan, Thank you for the comment! Glad I could help motivate!
    Barb, I LOVE the sketchers outlet. They always have buy one get one 1/2 off. Their sandals are super comfy too.
    Karen, RIP MTBT's. I left a comment on your blog.

  6. Maria, Im not sure if they actually tone anything but the soreness is a good sign, and the comfort is worth every penny!

  7. Hi Lindsey,

    My sister has the shape ups and says they are super comfy. I just think they look huge. I'm thinking about the reeboks and if it made my booty look like the commercial I would be in heaven. :) Haven't seen the Asics yet though.

  8. I may just have to get a pair of those shoes. I was wondering what people thought about them. :)

  9. I have the Reebok shoes and they are pretty comfy too!

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