Low Impact Series: Turbo Barre

Cathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2011

Categories: Ballet/Barre

Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this workout.

Disclaimer: I am not a barre enthusiast. I enjoy a barre type workout once in awhile as a break from my normal workout routine, a combination of cardio, circuit, and light weight strength workouts. I also generally do not do Cathe's workouts. They are more advanced than I enjoy and I have to work harder than I like to work. I did not order the entire set of Cathe's newest workouts - just Slide & Glide because I wanted a workout I could use with my gliding disks and TurboBarre because I was intrigued by the idea of a barre workout by Cathe.

The bottom line is that I thought this workout is tough and really well done. My lower body was really worked out at the end of the workout. The moves flowed throughout the segments. Cathe's cueing was okay. She described the moves well. She did have the tendency to cue on the move instead of before it in some places, so she caught me by surprise in several places when she changed the move. She did give good form pointers throughout the workout. I really liked the pace of the workout; it didn't have the rushed feeling of some other barre workouts that I have tried. Cathe also gave opportunities to stretch throughout the workout and it usually felt really good after a tough segment.

The workout has the following sections:

> Low weight, high rep segment for the upper body. You need light weights for this segment.
> Segment using a loop with light resistance. There was one upper body move and then the rest of the segment focuses on the lower body.
> Three segments using the barre (I used a chair) doing various types of leg lifts and pulses.
> Cross back lunges followed by calf raises.
> Mat work - strength work for the upper body on the floor.

Instructor Comments:
Cathe is the consumate professional. In this workout, she is encouaraging and motivating. She does cue a bit late once in awhile, but overall the instruction is great.

Laura S.