Lean Legs & Abs

Cathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2013

Categories: Abs/Core , Lower Body Strength

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

So, this workout wasn't even on my radar until one day I was reading about workouts and I read a mini review that went something like this, "This is probably Cathe's easiest lower-body workout ever!" Well, my intermediate-level exerciser's ears perked right up because I don't get Cathe's lower-body workouts - I like to be able to walk and I'm not a glutton for punishment! I've seen this workout described as barre meets cardio and light toning. That's probably a good description.

So far, I've just done the workout itself, not any premixes. The original workout times are:

Warm Up - 6:10
Cool Down--5:39

The premix options range from 61 minutes (original workout plus the additional barre section) to 35 minutes, so everyone should be able to find a component of this workout that they can do. The premixes include:

Lean Legs and Abs + Bonus Barre: (Warm Up, Compound Legs, Chair/Firewalkers, Bonus Barre, Core, Stretch)
Lean Legs and Abs + Bonus Barre (No Core): (Warm Up, Compound Legs, Chair/Firewalkers, Bonus Barre, Stretch)
Lean Legs and Abs + Bonus Barre (No Chair/Firewalkers): (Warm Up, Compound Legs, Bonus Barre, Core, Stretch)
Timesaver #1 (No Chair/Firewalkers): Warm Up, Compound Legs, Core, Stretch)
Timesaver #2 (No Core): Warm Up, Compound Legs, Chair/Firewalker,Stretch)
Timesaver #3 (Chair/Firewalkers & Barre): Warm Up, Chair/Firewalkers, Barre, Stretch)

Here are some thoughts about the sections:

Segment One: Compound Legs

This segment is full of compound exercises like Squat Press. It is designed with an emphasis on legs but includes moves that get your heart rate up. Cathe even identifies when the heart rate is supposed to climb and when it should come back down. Light weights are used to enhance the cardio effect, not for serious strength work. Cathe uses 8s, I use 3s or 5s.

Segment Two Chair and Firewalker Band (strength band)

She starts with a standing move holding the chair. You put a weight on your quad as you lift your leg to work it. This bothered my standing leg with the bad knee. Other than that issue, it wasn't too bad. Then you use a round band (she uses her Firewalker Band and I used my Spri loop)around your ankles while you travel forward in a zigzag walk to a lateral skate. I really enjoyed this move. The section ends on the floor using the band with leg lifts.

Segment Three Core Segment

This section includes situps, several variations of crunches, leg isolation holds, scissors, X-crunches, a couple of different types of twists, and bicycles. It is harder core work than I want to do, than I can do, so I won't be using this segment.

Bonus Segment Barre

This segment includes different pulse squats and leg lifts. It isn't super hard, but it does give a different way of working with the legs. And, I assume, that it is a nice section to include in some of the premixes.

My legs felt well worked out after doing this DVD. I am an intermediate exerciser and am comfortable doing this workout. Because of bad knees, my squats and lunges are more shallow than hers or those of her background exercisers. Yet, it works for me.

Instructor Comments:
She is, as always, professional and motivating.

Laura S.