Body FusionCathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2004
Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Step Aerobics , Total Body Workouts
I bought this when it was a presale and I don't know what has taken me so long to try it! Challenging, but not so hard it can't be completed. If your not lucky enough to have her wedding tape, this is the one to get. It is a great introduction to more complicated Cathe DVDs/tapes.
The basic step is a short 25 minute workout. Cathe takes you through some of her more popular moves like 1/2 turn (horseshoe), knees around the world, A-Step, V-Step, etc... She takes the time to introduce each step in a way everyone will be able to catch onto. I will do this on the days I don't want a lot of cardio or just need a short workout. For more advanced, this may be a great warm-up on your weight days.
The body fusion workout is excellent interval-type training. It is a 50 minute workout. It takes the step to the next level without being too complicated to catch on if you've only done the basic step. Cathe easily leads you through step training with intervals of light weight workout that will include both the upper and lower body. You will need a set of light hand weights for this portion.
There are some excellent add-ons on the DVD for upper and lower body and a challenging stability ball ab routine. With the exception of the stability ball abs, you'll need a light set of hand weights 3-5 lbs and exercise tubing (similar to what is used with Beachbody workouts). These are quick and to the point. Cathe gets in, exhausts each muscle and than your own to the next muscle. Before you know it your done.
I did the basic step and all the add ons and had no problems completing the workout (I haven't done a step routine in about 6 months). Overall I would recommend this to any beginner or low intermediate that has a step, light hand weights and exercise tubing. It's a lot of fun and a great down and dirty workout. Nothing to difficult or dancey.
As always Cathe is very motivating. Her cueing is impeccable.