Alison Davis, 2007
I really like the Firm and I like Allison as a lead. This is a good little workout. It clocks in around 50 minutes. I would consider this an intermediate level intensity workout though it can easily be modified up or down. I really give it my all and I can easily get an advanced workout. Ali and Sue Mi are background exercisers; with Sue Mi providing the beginner modifications. Alison is a great lead and cues well.
The workout is seperated into plyo/strength segments and cardio segments. She starts with a grounded move such as lunge and moves it into a flying lunge for example. If you just do the flying lunge the whole time you will definately get an advanced workout!
There are some tough moves in this workout: squat thrusts come to mind! She gives too many breaks (going down in intensity) IMO but thats an easy fix-just continue on w/ the high intensity move. There is a bit of bad camera work when she introduces this move, but once youve done the w/o once you wont even notice.
The last cardio segment is the most fun! She does a tire run, double step touch, shooting a basketball combo that got my HR up and I really enjoyed it. She also has a fun kickboxing segment as well. She does a bit of standing ab work and then more ab work on the floor at the end. Good ab work. Lots of variety in this one so I am never bored!
I use the strength portions as cardio breaks because I use this as a cardio w/o. So I use my lighter dumbbells (5#s). You could easily heavy up but the strength minutes are limited so I would rather capitalize on the cardio and use my light dumbbells for this one.