Hardcore: Muscle Max

Cathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2005

Categories: Total Body Workouts

I am not very familiar with Cathe's workouts. For years I avoided her, thinking that she was for the uber-fit and advanced home exerciser. I started with Kick, Punch & Crunch, which earned a permanent place in my collection. I tried a few of Cathe's weight workouts, but none have stayed with me...until Muscle Max.

I generally prefer low-weight/high-repetition workouts, but I see the merits in building muscle and strength. This is my first "heavier" weight dvd. I really like it. I have done it 2x a week for the past 3 weeks and I'm seeing progress in my strength and endurance.

I like that the majority of the workout is upper body; I have tons of lower-body-only workouts. And, amazingly enough, the paltry 15ish minutes of lower body in Muscle Max are KILLER! Wow, I'm GLAD it's short! And it's nothing spectacular, but those low-end squats/lunges, plus step ups with a band, just hit the spot so well!

I haven't done the ab work yet; I tend to skip abs, frequently. (Oh, alright...always!) Overall, a good addition to my collection. I am looking forward to trying some of Cathe's other heavy weight offerings.

Instructor Comments:
Cathe is so professional. The production values are great; things flow fairly well. She sure does like her equipment, but hey -- if I had more space, I probably would too! She's incredibly ripped in this dvd (she appears a bit "softer" in recent releases), but I find her physique very motivating.