Thursday, June 10, 2010

The FIRM: Power Sculpt Review

 The FIRM: Power Sculpt
Allie Del Rio, 2006

This 20 min dvd is led by Allie in an open room with white brick walls, foggy windows, and hardwood floors. There are 2 Firm instructors as background exercisers. No beginner modifications are shown. It is all sculpting, no cardio, but some of the moves can provide a cardio effect. It moves right along and the 20 minutes really fly by.

This dvd comes packaged with a 9 lb bright green weighted body bar that can be screwed apart to make 3 smaller 3 lb bars. I bought the dvd used without the bar and just used my old 8 lb Firm sculpting stick. Because the 8 or 9 lbs is really not enough weight to do much I did the following things to up the intensity of this one: I wore my 20 lb weighted vest, 1 lb weighted gloves, and attached my 2 lb pink Firm weighted balls to my stick. At the end I even put on my 2.5 lb ankle weights (yes Im sure I looked hilarious!). With all these additions I could actually feel my muscles being worked very well and my heartrate did get up.

Allie goes through a series of lunges, squats, bicep curls, shoulder work, tricep work, and some lying inner and outer thigh work before she finished with some ab work and a stretch. Keep in mind this is only 20 minutes and you are supposed to be using a 9 lb bar so dont expect to be feeling a whole lot by the end if done as is. But you can easily just use dumbbells instead of the stick, a heavier stick, or do what I did and add all sorts of crazy equipment.

Allie cues well and does a great job leading this workout. I would rate it as beginner or low intemediate because of the weight of the stick. I actually really enjoyed this workout. If I had a 20# or heavier bar, this would really be a great 20 minutes spent.


  1. Congrats on winning again. Love the selection! Especially the first one. The second one is gorgeous too. Bet you can't wait to hit the pool and show of all of them, huh?


  2. Nice bathers - do you say "bathers" in the US? I especially like the yellow one.

  3. nope we dont say bathers....what do you call coffee there "tall black" and something else. I had it figured out by the end of my visit :) but have now forgotten...

  4. Great suits but I could never buy one without trying it on first.

  5. Re coffee, are you thinking of "long black" and "flat white"?

  6. Barb, I LUCKED out and they all fit!! The website is actually really helpful and tells you what size the model is wearing....

    Red, thats it! Exactly what I was thinking :)