Ripped with HiiT: Low Impact HiiT One

Cathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2014

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

This is a fun, short HiiT workout that gets your cardio session done with in under half an hour, including warmup and stretch.

Cathe and her four backgrounders - Amanda, Jai, Brenda and newbie Kate - are in the well-lit gym setting. You'll need minimal equipment and it's optional. Cathe and crew use a yoga mat as a visual prop (you step over it, straddle it, and move from one edge to the other when doing moves) and have two Dixie cups to be picked up/put down to deepen lunges and squats. I tape out a yoga mat's dimensions on my floor instead of stumbling over my (extra long, extra thick) mat, and use two pairs of rolled-up socks for the cups. The music is upbeat background generic and most of the time you're off-beat anyway, so it's just there to keep up the workout energy.

Cathe promises low impact and delivers. All the drill-type moves - which include lunges, side to side runs, 'slam-it' squats, basketball jump shots, low leaps over the mat - are done with one foot on the floor. The only floor/wrist-intensive move is an awkward burpee-into-low-"surfer"-squat that is not demonstrated very well, unfortunately.

I'd rate this workout as intermediate, though to make it advanced you can just go faster or deeper on the moves. I found Cathe's pace to be too fast sometimes, especially for working out on carpet. I can't move my feet that fast!

Instructor Comments:
Cathe is in awesome shape as always and demonstrates good form. She has high energy for this short workout and it is inspiring. Her cueing is good but not great; she does cue on the move a couple of times, so you miss a rep while you figure out what she's doing. The surfer squat/burpee move could have been demo'd better.