Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday my new Wave from The Firm arrived. It was my reward to myself for a really good month in May of eating well and working out steadily. I like to reward myself with things that make my workouts more interesting/fun.
Of course, I had to do the 10 minute demo workout as soon as I unpacked it and I liked the moves. Wednesday I did the Speed Slimming Sculpt and Thursday I did Rock it Off Express.
I want to be in love with this program, but at the moment I'm in like. Here's the good and the bad.
Good, I like the Wave itself. It's sturdy, easy to move around and comfortable to work on – I work out barefoot. The rocking motion is a lot of fun.
The workouts are good lower body workouts and I could feel them in my core. I woke up Thursday morning with my legs pleasantly sore, especially on the outer calves. The pace of the workout was good, I was pushed to keep up with it being my first run through, and it definitely got the heart rate going. The instructors were very good with reminding people about safely using the Wave. They reminded you to step in the center, balance, and so on with each change.
There is a pretty good ab routine in both, though some of the moves were awkward since it was my first time through.
The not-so-good. The warm-ups on both were ridiculous. Two steps in one pattern, two steps in another, and so on, then back to the first. They didn't explain all the moves in the warm-up, just assumed you knew them. And in Rock it Off, they didn't even take time to tell you how to set up the Wave, just jumped right into the warm-up.
My biggest annoyance was that they didn't allow enough time to change the setup of the Wave. They may have a nice, open studio to work in and be able to just walk to the other side, but those of us working out at home have to move things forward and back, put down a mat for floor work, etc. I had to pause several times to rearrange things.
Good or bad, these two workouts are more cardio than strength training, especially Rock it Off. Speed Slimming has a pretty good section with weights. I used my lightest weights since it was my first time through, but moving up to heavier weights, you'll get a bit of workout. The Rock it Off Express had very little weight work, and, disappointingly, little use of the rocker side of the Wave, mostly used it as a step.
There are still two workouts, the Express Abs and Rock Solid Buns, that I haven't tried. They are on the schedule for this weekend.
My conclusion so far, this will be a good addition to my workouts that will add some variety and give a good cardio workout. I don't think the Wave by itself would be enough. I see myself continuing to use some of my old Firm workouts, such as Parts Upper Body and Body Sculpt, to get a serious upper body workout.