Personally, I’m not one for complicated exercise equipment, but have to admit that the Booty Firm exercise equipment by ProForm piqued my interest when I first saw it.
From what I can tell, this was released in around 2012 so is a few years old now, but is still available for purchase, so I thought I’d do a post on it. Read on for my Booty Firm resistance machine review to find out more about this piece of home exercise equipment!
ProForm Booty Firm Resistance Machine Review
The ProForm Booty Firm Workout System: An Overview
The Booty Firm resistance machine by ProForm is a specialized piece of exercise equipment designed to introduce resistance into a cardio-based dance workout.
Tthe best thing that I like about this piece of equipment is that it really can target your butt and legs! By adding resistance to movements which work these muscles, you can tone and firm up your glutes, to get you that really nice booty. The other nice part? If combined with a cardio workout, it enhances your Calorie burn as well as the results you will see from your workout.
The equipment is designed with 10 adjustable resistance levels so you can scale up your workout as you grow stronger, which will add definition to your glutes and also help to burn more Calories when you work out with the Booty Firm.
The promotional video for the Booty Firm gives a good overview of the product, which you can view below:
What You Get
The Booty Firm resistance machine itself comes with a timer/calorie counter, snap-proof bungee resistance cord with 10 adjustable settings.
The system comes complete with 3 dance routine exercise DVDs with workout routines featuring Dancing With the Stars cast member Mark Ballas. An extra DVD with glute workouts is included as a bonus, so you get 4 DVDs in total.
- Hip Hop
- Blast (Bonus DVD with glute workouts and extra written material)
Bonus material on the bonus DVD includes:
- 15 minute Booty Blast workout with an awesome glute exercise routine using the Booty Firm
- Power Plan Nutrition Guide
- Take 5 Workout Guide (5 minute workouts)
- 7 Days to Hot Kick-Start Plan
The Good & The Bad
- Convenient! Leave it set up somewhere obvious in your house and it’s easy to remember to do a few leg and butt exercises every day.
- Excellent way to add resistance to classic glute exercises like donkey kicks, arabesque and standing side leg raises (to name just a few).
- Adds extra resistance to dance workouts, to increase your calorie burn for faster weight loss.
- The machine is lightweight and folds away for easy storage.
- Dance workouts make for a fun and different workout, and you get to sculpt a better butt and legs at the same time!
- Reported to be ‘too easy’ and not very sturdy by some end users. People have also had mixed experiences when it comes to initial assembly – some report that setup is easy, while others struggled with screw holes, and missing parts.
- The additional bonus material which includes manuals and other written guides does not come as a paper copy with the product, instead it is presented as a file on the DVD. This can make for some inconvenience if you want a hardcopy, as you’ll need to download the file from the DVD and print it out manually.
- Feedback about the dance routines was mixed, with some reporting that the choreography is too fast-paced and complicated to follow along to in some parts.
Who Will Enjoy the Booty Firm Resistance Exercise Machine?
If you love dancing and cardio workouts, AND you want a better butt (who doesn’t?) or maybe even need to slim down a little and lose a bit of extra weight, then this equipment and the associated dance workouts are right up your alley. The workouts incorporate a mixture of dance styles such as salsa and hip-hop, as well as a focus on butt-building in the 15-minute booty blast workout, all of which you’ll find on the four DVDs which are included.
Dance Routine Lovers, Eat Your Heart Out!
The program is targeted at those who like dance routines, but want to get that little bit more definition out of their dance workouts. Dance workout routines like Zumba rely primarily on cardio, but if you also want to get just that little bit of muscle toning action, you need to add in resistance – and that’s where the Booty Firm comes in to save the day.
Some of the workouts can be fast paced and the moves can take a bit of practice, so if complicated choreography frustrates you or is not your thing, then you might want to give this one a miss.
Great For In Front of the TV!
Not a dancer? You might still like the Booty Firm. There are a range of other exercises you can do with this, and it’s a great piece of equipment to have sitting in front of the TV so you can do a few exercises to make watching your favorite shows guilt-free. Rear leg kickbacks (AKA arabesque), standing side leg lifts and donkey kicks are all great exercises that the Booty Firm can make much more effective by adding resistance to these moves.
Who Isn’t it For?
The machine is lightweight and not all that sturdy, and the resistance settings are not extreme. A lot of end-users have commented saying that the highest resistance setting is still too easy, and they may be right – but I think they may also be misunderstanding the intention of the machine.
The Proform BootyFirm appears to be primarily designed as a means to add light resistance in order to boost the effects you’ll see from a cardio workout and allow for general toning and sculpting, rather than a dedicated resistance machine for building large muscles.
Which means it does live up to the name, because it will help firm up your booty.
If you want to build a bigger butt rather than just toning up your glutes, the Booty Firm is probably not for you. You’ll get better results by following a different exercise routine like the ones in the Gluteus to the Maximus program, which is specifically designed for boosting up the size of your butt overall.
Or, check out a different piece of exercise gear designed for lifting heavy weights with your glutes: the Powerline Glute Master. This bit of gear is more specialized than the Booty Firm, but lifting heavier weights for less repetitions is your best bet for increasing the size of your muscles drastically.
After checking out the BootyFirm, I personally would not purchase this equipment. It may suit those who foresee themselves using the equipment as it was intended to be used – with the dance routine DVDs, as a means to add a medium level of resistance to leg exercises.
I do really like it for its convenience though, and would consider purchasing it for this reason. I really think that just sitting it in front of the TV (ideally between the couch and the screen!) would prompt me to get up and pump out a few good glute-burners each day.
The Booty Firm machine really is designed to give that extra ‘oomph’ to the dance workouts, turning them from a simple cardio workout to one that also firms and tones up your butt and leg muscles, so you can get noticeable results in those areas.
If you’re after home exercise equipment that will help you get a firmer, nicer butt and are willing to go a little more out of your way to set up your workout space, then personally I’d recommend getting yourself a pair of ankle weights and some resistance bands instead. These can be used to boost a butt workout in a similar fashion to the BootyFirm, and are a much cheaper and more versatile option – though admittedly, less convenient!