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NJFIRMIESPARK Posts: 13
4/27/13 9:24 P

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Hi everyone out there using the classic Firms. Guess youv'e done the rest, so go to the Best! Anyway, for anyone who's short one time, they now have The Firm-Firm Basics 12 Minute Time Crunch Cardio or 12 Minute Time Crunch Weights which are composed of 4 twelve minute workouts which you can do in 12 minutes, 24, 36 or 48 minutes, depending on how much time you have. Check them out on Ebay!!!!! Don't have time anymore for the long 60 minute workouts, but I'll make time soon. Just giving info to all the "Firmies" out there.

NJFIRMIESPARK Posts: 13
2/25/13 10:22 P

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Sorry it took me so long to answer. I'm backed up on my messages. Anyway, congrats on getting the Firm video originals. I must say thought, that being that they are so tough and I'm older now, I notice that I have to modify some of the moves (I'm not as flexible as I used to be and I have some knee issues) The original volumes did not give modifications on the moves, they just said Beginners, don't use weights!!!! So be careful

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2/21/13 10:23 A

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Yes, I've managed to get all the orignal 6 volumes thanks to Anna and Annette!

Now I've got to get my motivation and health issues under control to actually DO them!

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2/21/13 9:56 A

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Ellen - many thanks for those sites. I've heard of Total Fitness, but not Fitness Favourites.
Will go and take a look.

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MAPES135 Posts: 4
2/21/13 8:27 A

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Also checkout Fitness Favorites(Annette, a wonderful lady who worked with Anna is keeping her vision alive by releasing the originals on DVD). I just received cardio step mix on DVD and it is beautiful.
Another great site is Total fitness dvds, she carries a lot of Firm and Fitprime titles.

Take care ,
Ellen

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2/1/13 1:31 A

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NJFIRMIESPARK, thanks for this - I shall go and take a look now.
Collage Video is an excellent site!

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NJFIRMIESPARK Posts: 13
1/31/13 1:00 P

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Hi, For the Firm videos, go to Collagevideo.com and type in The Firm, and the 6 volumes that were the originals from the 80's and 90's will come up. You will know them because they are all 60 to 65 minutes long and they should describe them as "the Classic Firms"

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1/31/13 11:22 A

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Please forgive my ignorance, but I'm fairly new to The Firm and as such have not tried any of what you ladies are calling the "classics".

However, it sounds as if it's something I would be interested in, as I've been using the "pink" DVDs and am always looking to add more for variety and interest.

Bearing in mind I'm in the UK, where would I start looking for the "classic" Firm DVDs? And also which titles would I need to look out for?

Thanks!

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1/31/13 7:59 A

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I only do the Original videos, the newer ones since Anna Benson sold it to Giam just don't do it for me.



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NJFIRMIESPARK Posts: 13
1/29/13 12:51 A

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I guess everyone is a little afraid of the old Volume 1 with Susan Harris whom my friend and I named the "Firm Goddess" (smile). She would beat you while smiling. I'm going to do it again one day, but with modifications that they didn't have back then. You just did it and suffered through it, and got great results after the 3 week break in period. However, I'm too old for that now, I'm sure I'd break something it I went into it with the vigor I did back in the 90's. Even my son who was doing the Firm videos was cautious with Susan Harris.

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1/24/13 7:47 P

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I bought the first FIRM tape back in 1987 and all of the other "classics" as they came out in the next few years. Boy were they tough! I still have them and while getting fit again in the last two years, I have used most of the classics, but I have yet to do the very first one again. I guess my memory of DOMS is making me a bit gun shy.

Great workouts - beautiful production value and well-executed content.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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1/14/13 2:15 P

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Actually, CollageVideo isn't re-releasing them; Anna Benson (RIP) got permission from Gaiam to release them onto DVD from her company, Fitness Favorites. Collage & Total Fitness have been distributing them. Others are also being released.

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1/14/13 9:29 A

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I agree with that. I have some old ones and new ones. I like the old ones better.

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1/14/13 7:24 A

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I think the classic volumes are far better than the ones since Anna Benson sold to Giam.



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NJFIRMIESPARK Posts: 13
1/13/13 7:22 P

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There is also one other thing the classics have that the newer firms don't. The moves in the classics are "perfectly" timed with the music. It's the music you really hear and not the talking. In the newer videos or dvds, it is the instructors voice that's louder than the music. The classics are so perfectly done with the music that after a while you could do the whole workout just hearing the music. Each beat is in sync with the exercise. You could do it with your eyes closed. I'm not knocking the new firms, but a lot went into those videos including "live music"

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1/13/13 5:34 P

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Yes I did too, I started with the 3 lb weights and I also used the ankle weights. I noticed definition in my arms and legs after a short time of starting them. Boy you could really feel it and you knew you got a good workout. I just have a problem of stopping when something else is going on in my life especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Because I love to bake. I have decided to stick to it this time, becuase exercise always makes me feel better. I have at least 15-20 Firm exercise Video/DVD's. I don't have the problem of getting bored, just sticking to it.

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1/13/13 5:20 P

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I have some of the re-edited tapes from the classics--like tough tape 2 and the upper and lower body workouts. I have been considering getting the classic form series. I do like the older workouts. Some of the newer stuff, specifically the firm express workouts, don't make me feel as if I have accomplished anythin g or gotten a good workout.

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NJFIRMIESPARK Posts: 13
1/13/13 4:52 P

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Yes, that's what I'm talking about. Real results. There are lots of younger "firmies" out there that do not know about the "real firm"...If they weren't any good, the Collage Video would not be bringing them back!!!! Go to Collagevideo.com. The only thing is for myself is that now that I'm older I have to modify moves. There was no such thing when they came out. Also my friends and myself never did "beginners don't use weights" We started with 3, 5 and 7 lbs., and never got hurt!!!

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1/13/13 4:02 P

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I have the first 3 videos, back when they came out I did them and lost 25 lbs. They are my favorites, I still use them now. I would like to get the last 3 of the set.

NJFIRMIESPARK Posts: 13
1/13/13 2:57 P

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Anyone out there who does not know about the Firm Classics. They were the first 6 volumes of the Firm videos. They originally sold for $49.99 when they were first released. Collage Video has just re-released them. If anyone is bold enough to try them, go ahead. They work fast, will teach you the classic firm workout and moves and you won't be sorry. Yes they are 1980's and 1990's but The Firm was the first to do Aerobic Weight training before any of these other videos came out. JUST DO IT!!!!!

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