Low Impact Circuit

Cathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2006

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

Low Impact Circuit is one of the workouts in Catheís ďSash Series.Ē The main workout is about 71 minutes, and it consists of three cycles each composed of a steady state step combo, a step ďblast,Ē and weight work for the lower and upper body; thereís also a nice abs section at the end.

This is a great workout in its own right, but I rarely do it as produced. Instead, I usually do the Cardio Blast Timesaver premix — itís one of my all-time favorite Cathe workouts. The choreography is interesting without being overly complex, Catheís cueing is generally on target (especially if you are used to Catheís cueing style), and, at 48.5 minutes, itís long enough to provide a good workout. The best part for me, though, is the music: Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Cindy Lauper. Itís a real trip down memory lane, and I canít help but smile all the way through the workout. I almost feel like Iím dancing!

This (step premix) workout has stood the test of time ó itís not one of Catheís more hardcore productions, but thatís the beauty of it for me. There are no burpees or plyos here! My only small quibble is that Cathe didnít put an actual cool down at the end; instead thereís a card directing you to walk around on your own for 3 minutes or so. Thatís pretty minor, though. Grade: A.

Instructor Comments:
Cathe is in her element, and her cueing is on the mark for long-time Cathe steppers. However, if youíre new to Cathe or donít do her step workouts often, you may find some of the choreography tricky at first.