OK, I am a Cathe F. fan, so I may be a little biased, but I LOVED this video. It really moved quickly through eight cycles each one-minute. One minute cardio, legs, arms, and abs (but lots of core, ugh). I felt it was tough, but I am also about two months pregnant (I am usually advanced). The music was great - some vocal, techno. I didn't recognize the songs, but it didn't matter - it worked well with the music.
The warm up was pretty easy but it worked all the muscle groups I felt - some lunges.
I don't remember the order of the cycles, but I do remember some of the stuff I did. For cardio I did jumping jacks (fly jacks), power kicks, jumping jacks and punches, ice breakers, speed skating, and one thing called the terminator (oh, that's intense, trust me). The terminator is hard to describe. You are standing up, then bend down (knees bent) then jump into a plank (I think), do scissors in the plank position, jump into bent knee position, and then jump up. Hard.
The legwork incorporated the barbell, weights, ball, and no ball. I did static lunges, dips and lunges, squats, plie squats, plie squats with the ball, power kicks, step downs using the step.
The arm work included bicep curls with the barbell, hammer curls, military presses, lat work, back work with the barbell, tricep dips, more tricep work, pushups.
The core work was the hardest for me. It used the ball a lot. I don't remember a lot of it (I was too focused on how hard it was). Here is what I remember: planks (straight arm and bent arm), planks on the side, planks on the side using a ball, crunches lower and upper putting the ball in between your legs, and lots more.
In any case, I really enjoyed the workout. There is a little bit of whooping in this video - but it didn't bother me too much.
Cathe is very funny in this video. She has a great personality.
Helen Beth Driver
Wow! What a great workout! I really love this one. I have just recently been getting into Cathe's workouts (I prefer strength workouts) and prior to this one, my favorite was Power Hour.
I like this workout better than Power Hour for the following reason. Both are really intense workouts but the way this workout is broken up into 8 "cycles" of:
1 minute cardio
1 minute lower body
1 minute upper body
1 minute abs
Makes it more do-able. Sure, each 1 minute segment is really tough, but since each segment is only 1 minute long, you know that it will be over soon and you'll be on to a totally different body part.
Her cardio segments are VERY tough (in my opinion) with intense moves like jumping jacks which really wore me out in 10 seconds. A couple of the exercises on this tape were impossible for me to do....most notably the planks where she jumps in and out. I can't do them to save my life, so I simply did a different exercise instead.
I am an advanced exerciser (working out 5-6 days a week for over a year), although about 20-30 pounds overweight, so I think the extra weight made some of moves more difficult.
In smmary, this is a great total body strength workout with some cardio sprinkled in - in my opinion....just enough cardio.
Cathe is her usual inspiring self in this workout - very pleasant, very upbeat (bordering on hyper) and very energetic. Great cueing and all around a great instructor.
This workout is very different than anything I've ever tried. The warm up gets you pumping fast with windmills, leg raises, kickbox moves, etc. Then you're onto your 8 cycles. They consist of 1 minute each of: Cardio, Lower Body, Upper Body, and Core work. The cardio segments are doozies - much like the blast segments of either Imax. The lower body work is standard Cathe - low ends, squats, leg presses, lunges, etc. The upperbody work is done with fairly light weight (8# db in most cases) but you are doing hammer curls, overhead presses, flies, for 1 minute, so after awhile, the muscles will feel it. And when I reached the core work, I thought, 'phew - a chance to relax.' Hah! Cathe works the abs and low back like no other. These are tough minutes! The body has to keep changing focus and I think that was another challenging aspect of this workout. You're done in about 53 min., but you are very tired and sweaty after those 53 min. If you have the DVD, you also get the option of doing 'everything but the core work' and then doing all of the core work back to back. This is a fabulous DVD and comes highly recommended from yours truly!
Cathe is super tough and serious, but still down to earth and humorous. Cathe is very 'psyched' on this one. She is focused and energetic and just so inspiring!
This is probably my favorite
workout from the Intensities
series. Although it is hard to
classify this workout (cardio?
strength?) I think it's a great way
to improve your overall fitness
and endurance. From the start,
the inspiring music gets you
going. I love the way the
structures are cycled; because
each segment is only one
minute, I can push myself
harder. The workout goes by
very quickly because of the
constant changes. I love how
Cathe incorporates kickboxing
into the cardio and leg
segments. The core work is
very creative and challenging.
I haven't tried the DVD premixes,
but I did try the bonus combo
with Muscle Endurance and
didn't really care for it (too much
leg work for me, and it skips
some of my favorite segments
from both workouts)
Cathe is at her best in this
Boot Camp is a tough workout,
but very fun, too. It is advanced,
but can most certainly be
modified. I put off doing this one
for quite a while, thinking I
wouldn't be able to do it
because of the impact and
intensity level, but I was wrong to
do so. I can do this one, and if I
can, so can you!
Format: warmup, then 8 cycles
of : 1 minute intense cardio/ 1
minute lower body work/ 1
minute upper body work/ 1
The cardio sections include
such moves as a jack sequence
(including some plyos), sumo
squats, ice skater moves, etc.
These are intense, but modify
and you won't throw up!
The lower body work has some
barbell work (squats and
lunges) and some unweighted
Upper body uses medium
weights to do one or two moves
over and over for the whole
Core work is variations of
planks, and tough medicine ball
Cathe is extremely motivating in
this workout, and that's what
helps get you through! It isn't
Cedie's yelling and hooting that
helps--that's just there to annoy
me! It can be ignored or
enjoyed, depending on your
Although torturous to watch, I
have really enjoyed doing this
workout. I really feel like I have
TOUGH, and I feel strong and
healthy and elated when I'm
Cathe is her usual in this
workout, although she gets
more winded than usual in this
one! This is nice, and makes
her seem more human to me :-)
I love this workout. After a fun and effective warmup, you do 8 cycles consisting of 1 min cardio, 1 min leg work, 1 min upper body work, 1 minute core. At the end is a stretch.
Cathe includes kickboxing style moves in this workout, and while I wasn't a fan of her full length kickboxing workout (I'm a powerstrike fan), I enjoy the moves in this context. I think she executes them well.
Her background exercisers are phenomenal - they are cut, and can keep up with her. Very motivating to see a variety of 'body types' behind her at peak condition.
I recommend this highly and give it an A+.
Cathe is just wonderful. She's super knowledgeable, as well as professional, approachable and friendly.
WOW! What a workout. I am a Cathe fanatic who was hesitant to try this one because it seemed so tough, but after I got it for Christmas, I had no excuses! I am so glad I got this one! I really like everything about this one. It's tough, but it flies by since you're always moving onto something else in just a minute. I had lots of fun and sweat my butt off. TRY this! You'll love it.
Cathe is truly the best of the best. There's no better instructor in the business.
Bootcamp is an interval and circuit style workout, clocking in I believe in just under an hour. There are eight rounds, alternating one minute of very high intensity cardio with lower body work, then upper body, then core. Cathe and the crew used barbells loaded to 35 lbs. There were two guys exercising as well and they went heavier. I don't own a barbell set so I used body bars, adding ankle weights to make them heavier. I'd read that some people do this, but for me in the future I will not. It felt very awkward and even perilous at times for me when trying to remove the bar w/ankle weights after an exercise. If I start to use my Cathe videos on a more regular basis I think I'd invest in a barbell set. Body Bars are a lot thicker then barbells and while I like them, I think a barbell set would be more efficient for a fast paced workouts such as Bootcamp, plus the barbell bar is a much narrower and I'm thinking more comfortable grip.
The fact that each cardio interval is only a minute long is what got me through them. I found them to be very intense and during a few of them I slowed down to a march in place before they were finished. The strength segments were all doable for me, the hardest being the core work, and I rested a few times during some of it.
Overall I think this was a fun and challenging workout and certainly one for me to grow into.
Cathe has incredible stamina and endurance.
May 3, 2005
I am a very advanced exerciser who has just left her 10 year exercise "routine" and decided to try videos. Cathe's bootcamp has to be about the 10th new one that I've tried. I'm very advanced and I will say, this workout IS NOT KILLER, but it's not bad either. I worked up a sweat and you will too for sure. She does some cool stuff (to me besides intensity, the "cool stuff" is what really makes a work out.) She does heavy duty planks, pushups and this crazy move called terminator climb thrust (or something to that effect); and it is HARD. She does some kickboxing. The whole video is done in cycles, cardio - lower body, upper body. There are eight cycles. This is a workout for a day when you want to work hard but not kill yourself. Enjoy!!!
Cathe is her usual self. Upbeat, HUMAN, energetic and empathetic!
October 19, 2006