The Firm: Advanced Cardio
Beginner: Just starting out, very overweight or haven't exercised in over six months.
Intermediate: Active in sports, dance or any regular exercise (2 to 3 times per week).
Advanced: Very active in sports or consistently work out four or more times per week.
Aerobics Impact: Higher
Lower Impact: Both feet never leave the ground at the same time. This minimizes stress on your knees.
Higher Impact: Includes movements like jumps, hops and skips. Very high-impact is called plyometrics.
Mixed Impact: This alternates or combines the above styles.
Toning Emphasis: Lower Body
Upper body: Arms, chest and back.
Lower Body: Legs, thighs, hips and buttocks.
Abs: Abdominals (stomach), core and sometimes lower back.
Total body: Tones all three of the above muscle groups.
A short, very intense program that uses the Firm Box. While the emphasis is fat-burning cardio, the moves are designed to also shape your entire lower body. It features five different segments. You'll start with high-Box leg lifts and end with step aerobics on the incline Box (travel moves and turn steps are extra-challenging on an angled surface). In between, you get both traditional step moves and higher-impact floor aerobics (e.g. plyo-jumping jacks and lots of lunges). Throughout, these powerful, purposeful moves keep your heart rate up so you'll keep burning calories.
Requires the Firm Box (a regular step-bench can be used with unequal height risers). ©2004.