Low Impact Step plus Total Body Sculpting DVDCathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2005
Categories: Balance/Medicine/Mini/Stability Ball, Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Step Aerobics , Total Body Workouts
This was my first Cathe step dvd, and I think it serves as a good introduction to her step. I agree that it is not a beginner dvd - I place it in the solid intermediate category. The pendulum move would be hard for a beginner, and she doesn't break down every move. She does introduce a few terms that she uses in other workouts, so someone new to Cathe can get used to her language, as she doesn't break these down in other workouts. There are 2 blasts in the workout. I like blasts, because they break up the workout, and these aren't too tough.
The music was pretty off putting at first - it starts up with this strange carnival hoedown tune, which nearly made me turn it off! The rest of the music is ok, but not memorable - it serves its purpose, but it's not as good as many of Cathe's workouts. The set, I agree, is pretty strange - a castle straight out of my high school's production of Camelot, but hey - it isn't boring, so I sort of like it!
Cathe is my favorite step instructor. In this video she's not as peppy as her early tapes, and not as serious as the most recent. I find her encouraging, and her background exercisers always look like they are having a good time.