Hardcore: Gym Style Chest & TricepsCathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2005
Categories: Upper Body Strength
I like this workout. I tend to use faster-paced circuit style workouts so this is definitely a change of pace for me. The workout starts out tough with drop sets of push-ups starting at 16. Chest press follows, then flys, then we do it on an incline. There are quite a few breaks and the pace is slow. This workout is totally do-able without a barbell as well. Following chest is (obviously) tricep work. We start with tricep dips off the bench as a "warm up" and after 3 times with the workout I still can't complete all the reps. I am getting stronger though! Cathe is very thorough. I love the band work. It really gets in there and finishes off the muscle.
I use a variety of dumbells: 8s, 10s, 12s, and 15s. I could use 20s but I don't have them, although I may acquire them before this rotation ends. You also need a full-sized step and 6' medium+ tension band. Cathy uses a barbell but thus far I've been too lazy to bring mine out of the basement.
Cathe is very motivating- "You are strong" at just the right moment. She is also very predictable. Her crew is amazing as well, in great shape.