Slow and Heavy: Legs and ShouldersCathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2001
Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)
This workout is definitely not fun. The 6-2 slow count did not feel good to me, not because it was too difficult, but it just doesn't work well with the music, and it is pretty hard to bend your arm in even increments to 6 slow beats. After a short time, it drove me crazy, and I started to change some of the reps to 4-4, which felt equally or more difficult than the 6-2. I didn't think the type of exercises for biceps and triceps worked well at all with a 6 beat on the positive and a 2 beat on the negative. I also felt that there were way too many reps, and ended up lightening up on the last sets of some of the exercises, for fear that I was putting too much stress in my joints (shoulders and elbows). I am not sure that this type of workout will be more effective than working less slowly, but it is a change of pace (no pun intended) from the usual routines. Spending nearly one hour on only biceps and triceps seems too long to me, and I think the job can be done in half that length of time, so this isn't a workout I do often. The abdominal section at the end was short and traditional, although the oblique exercises that were done lying on your side and lifting both legs was effective. I would rate this workout a B+.
Cathe is one of my favorite instructors. She is in very muscular condition, although her face appears gaunt. She has a likeable personality, although sometimes I found her comments to be a little cutesy in this particular workout. I think that overall, Cathe is one of the best instructors on video and dvd.