Video Fitness

About Cathe Friedrich

NOTE: Cathe Friedrich's videos are available by mail order, through Cathe's company,

Step N Motion

(1-800-433-STEP) or through Collage Video (1-800-433-6769).

Note for international readers: Cathe's videos are currently available in NTSC format only. For more information about international orders/shipping, e-mail

gocathe@voicenet.com

or send a fax to Step N Motion at (1) 609-582-1985.

Facts/Comments about Cathe Friedrich

  • Founded Step N Motion Videos in 1989
  • Pioneer in advanced Step Aerobics
  • Produced one of the very first Step Videos
  • ACE Certified
  • 16 years of teaching experience
  • Starred in 14 exercise videos
  • Videos have won numerous video awards, including Best Step Video,by Self, Health and Fit Magazines

Comments:

I know I've written this a thousand times but Cathe Friedrich is the very best step instructor on video. Her tapes can only be purchased through either the Collage catalog or Step n' Motion in New Jersey. I prefer ordering through Step n' Motion since they give quantity discouts.

Cathe's 4 advanced step tapes are: Mega Step Blast, Step Max, Step Heat,and Step Jam. Cathe is extremely good at breaking down intricate combinations before taking the routine from the top. Her style is to teach two moves,put them together, add on two more, etc. You practice each combo of twomoves, then take the whole routine from the top first on the right lead,then the left. Mega Step and Step Max contain three sections of step, withlots of power moves and fun combinations. They are about 40 to 45 minutes in length (total of all three sections) of pure step aerobics, plus warm-up/cooldown. Step Heat is two sections; the first section is long - about 25 minutes,and the second section about 10 minutes, plus warm-up, cooldown, and a 7 minute ab section (great ab work!) on the end before the final stretch.All of Cathe's cooldowns are funky and again, she breaks the moves down so that they are non-intimidating and easy to learn.

I would also like to note that I have tried a good amount of step videos and no instructor has come close to providing the instruction that Cathe does when she teaches the moves for the first time. Her cuing is simply unsurpassed (especially in Mega Step Blast and Step Jam). If it weren't for her excellent instruction, I would probably have a very hard time following her tapes.

Roberta Kagno

Cathe's tapes are the best around. The third section of StepMax darn near kills me every time. Step Heat is the least intense of the three; both Step Max and Mega Stephave "leg and bun blaster" third segments. Her cueing is excellent,so while the tapes are advanced and the choreography a bit complex at times,they're easy to learn. Usually I get bored with tapes very quickly, butI've been using these tapes for a long time now and still find them challengingand fun.

Debbie Kenny

Cathe is one of the few instructors who continue to turn out tapes that can challenge the most advanced exercisers. Her step choreographyis creative, high impact, and extremely intense. She is friendly and motivating--a few too many "woo's" and "oh, baby's" for my taste,but her routines are exciting enough to more than make up for that. Her cuing is always crystal clear and she builds her complex routines methodically,so it's easy to catch on. I would advise exercisers who are considering Cathe's advanced tapes (Step Max, Step Heat, Mega Step Blast, Step Jam)to be sure they have 1) a solid grasp of correct form for "power stepping" and 2) sufficient cardiovascular/muscle strength to perform certain steps(e.g. hop turns) correctly. Overall, though, I highly recommend Cathe'smost recent tapes (1994 or later) to all advanced exercisers.

Wendy Niemi Kremer

Cathe is a wonderful instructor! Her queing is always flawless. All of her workouts are excellent for the advancedstepper. I hope she never stops making videos, because I would be crushed!

Kathy Lapinski

Cathe is great...that's all there is to say!

Melanie HigginsTOP

What can I say about this woman? Perfect cuing, consistently great music, unique fun moves, high intensity all the way -- why do I even keep trying videos from other instructors? I'm spoiled!

Joni O.

I began purchasing her tapes on the strength of the reviews at this web site. I have not been disappointed! The two tapes I have, Power Max and Get In Shape for Your Wedding, are very intense, and I find that I hardly realize how hard I'm working because they are so much fun. I plan to purchase more of her tapes as finances allow.

Barbara Paola

Her cueing is very good and her moves are some of the most fun and original I've seen on tape. Whenever I finish her workout I feel like I just came from a class at the gym. Her moves are challenging enough that you can add power each time you view the tape. Which means that you can use her tapes for a while without getting bored.

More mileage for the buck - gotta love that. For an intense aerobic workout for intermediate/advanced exercisers Cathe's tapes are a must!!

Lisa Herzog

Cathe Friedrich is well known for her advanced step classes. Her cuing is outstanding, her choreography complex, the level of her workout is "killer," as most review it, and I agree. She has a lot of spunk and personality and her videos are lots of fun. She clearly enjoys making step tapes. I own several of her videos and she does not disappoint.

Joe Rosenfeld
3/16/97

Fantastic. Great cueing. Everything flows gracefully so that you hardly knows the time goes by

Anne

Cathe's cueing is excellent. She's a high energy instructor without being annoying. She always seems like she's having so much fun!

Alexandra

Okay, Cathe cues well, she has personality, she knows her stuff. But so do a dozen other step instructors, without that awful WHOOPING! I've tried and tried to ignore it, to no avail. And every once in awhile, Cathe suddenly yelps "OW-OW-OW!!" like a puppy whose tail was stepped on, and it almost makes me jump out of my skin. I would probably like Cathe a lot if she would just cut out the whooping. If she ever comes out with a non-whooping tape (not that I'm holding my breath), please let me know. Until then, I'm sticking with CIA.

Sue Bryant

Cathe Friedrich is popular among most VFers, it seems, except me. For some reason, I just don't care for her tapes or her teaching style.

Annie S.

I think Cathe is the best thing to happen to step workouts. I like her personality, I love her routines, and the "whoop" factor doesn't bother me at all. Cathe is the kind of instructor that you can trust. Her moves are safe and her cuing is excellent. Plus she is just so NICE, I am happy to spend an hour of my time working out with her.

Loleen

I have to put in my two cents regarding Cathe F. as a video creator/leader. I see why so many love her workouts. She's happy, encouraging, and moves very well——by that I mean she's very clear about cuing and making it easy to follow her just by watching. And no other videos provide the cardio workouts that hers do.

In addition, though, I don't care for all her videos. I was never able to make it through StepMax or Step Heat. For some reason, I just hated them. They weren't fun for me, I felt aggravated by the sets, the music, the routine and the commentaries.

PowerMax and BodyMax, in contrast, will probably never go out of rotation for me. I'd rate them A+ for sweat, A for choreography, A for holding interest.

Beth
10-16-98

Thank goodness for Cathe Friedrich! She is so motivating and her workouts are so much fun! They are very challenging, but somehow she makes you feel as if you can do them. I have never been so excited about exercising and I actually look forward to it! I even hate to miss a day, where in the past I would make excuses to skip a workout. All of the other videos I have are so boring (with the exception of Power Kicks!)... nothing compares to a Cathe workout!!!!!!!

Delia

3/30

Thank goodness for Cathe Friedrich! She is so motivating and her workouts are so much fun! They are very challenging, but somehow she makes you feel as if you can do them. I have never been so excited about exercising and I actually look forward to it! I even hate to miss a day, where in the past I would make excuses to skip a workout. All of the other videos I have are so boring (with the exception of Power Kicks!)... nothing compares to a Cathe workout!!!!!!!

Delia

3/30



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