The FIRM: Core Solutions
Alison Davis, 2007
This is a 32 minute dvd that has three separate 10 to 11 minute ab/core workouts. Alison leads with 2 background exercisers (Rebecca & Sue Mi) Sue Mi shows the beginner modifications. The set is the TransFirmation set-white brick walls with foggy windows. You will need a set of light dumbbells for this dvd. The dvd is not mix and match so you cant program them all together.
Standing Abs: is first (11 minutes) and as the title suggests is all ab work done standing. This section was really fun as I love standing ab work . It included some twisting, side lunges, and pliet and reach, among other moves.
Functional Core: is 10 minutes and my favorite of the three sections! It is VERY unique from other ab workouts I have. You do a walking plank into a side plank, weighted crunches, weighted V-sits, V- sit while passing the dumbbell through your legs, etc. The two moves I enjoyed the most were: a needle thread while on all fours and an elevator plank-both tough!
Classic Abs: is an 11 minute more traditional ab workout that includes: a pec fly and leg extension, upper & lower crunch combos, some oblique work, a side leg lift sequence, and a backstroke move. This segment though more traditional, still contained some nice unique ab work.
I would rate this as intermediate. I like Alison as a lead and she cues well and has a nice demeanor in all her w/o's IMO.