Low Impact Circuit

Cathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2006

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

This is one of my favorite Cathe workouts. I'm an intermediate exerciser, and I find this workout very motivating in terms of music, the step combos (which are straightforward, with enough of a dancy flair to keep them interesting), and the slight functional flavor to the weight work.

The music is the real standout in this video. There are fun, remixed versions of several older pop songs, including a great, funky version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. These songs alternate with vocal-less techno tracks which are a step up from the normal generic club music in workout videos, and well matched to the choreography. The mix level for the music is a little louder than normal (without using Cathe's DVD setting to have the music play louder), which works great in terms of keeping the music up front and motivating. When I think about this workout, the music is the first thing that comes to mind.

Other people have described the content of this workout well, but to recap: there's a fairly long generic warm-up (about 10 minutes), then three intervals that each cycle through a step combo, a step blast, a functional-style weight exercise that combines upper and lower body work, and finally a short amount of straight-up weight work. The entire workout ends with 5 minutes or so of abs and a stretch.

First interval: a longer step combo, step blast, side lunges, shoulders
Second interval: step combo, step blast, lunges, biceps and triceps
Third interval: the shortest step combo, step blast, squats, chest and back

In terms of the weight work, I find this workout fairly easy for the shoulders and back, tougher for chest (pushups are always tough for me, though!), and pretty killer on the biceps and triceps.

Instructor Comments:
Cathe is encouraging, cues well, and appears to be having a good time with this workout. It has a looser vibe than her more advanced, eat-your-wheaties style workouts.

Sandy J