Body FusionCathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2004
Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Step Aerobics , Total Body Workouts
This workout DVD consists of one
cardio step workout (basic step), one
45 minute circuit workout (body
fusion), one 20 minute upper body
strength workout, one 20 minute lower
body strength workout, and a stability
ball abdominal workout (10 min). I
have gotten more bang for the buck
out of this DVD in the year 2004 than
any other DVD I own, new or old. The
production quality is very high, the
music I thoroughly enjoy, and all the
workouts are very enjoyable to me. I
have been in something of a a workout
slump over the last few months, and
Cathe and crew have kept me going
with this fabulous gem of a DVD. Any
of the workouts here are suitable for
someone who is an experienced
exerciser but desires a less-strenuous
alternative than Cathe's other
workouts. These workouts have no
fear factor, yet once I begin my
workout, although they are easier than
Cathe's usual fare, she still weaves her
inspiring attitude into the routines, to
push you a little farther than you
thought you could handle.
The step routine consists of a warm up and two combos. The choreography is nothing complex, yet it is interesting enough to keep me pulling out the workout (for your reference, I prefer non-complex choreography but I do use all of Cathe's step routines. She is as complex as I get, but I love her step workouts). I find the the music motivating, as well as Cathe's great attitude and teaching style. The time length is perfect when you are trying to talk yourself into a workout. For some reason, 25 minutes is easier to swallow than 30, when half of your brain is trying to talk you out of the workout. Inevitably, I end up repeating sections to end up with a longer length cardio section anyway, because I am enjoying myself so much.
The Body Fusion workout is a 45
minute circuit workout which has three
cardio step routines sandwiched with
three sometimes-compound weight
sections. This is a workout which again
has that deception factor. There is no
dread involved going in to the workout.
It's very easy to handle. You never do
a strength section or even a move for
so long that you are truly
uncomfortable, yet, there is always a
way to make it a little tougher if you
want to. Also, it is very, very easy to
repeat a section because it is so well-
chaptered. I find myself doing this a lot.
It's a great little workout.
The upper and lower body sections pack a good punch for 20 minutes, and incorporate bands as well, which I feel gives nice variety and flavor to the workout.
The stability ball abs is perfect. It's still Cathe abs, but toned down a bit.
One thing that strikes me about this
DVD after doing it over and over, is
that Cathe has nailed the 'intermediate'
level workout, yet the Cathe-ness is
still intact. It just feels a leetle-bit
harder than it might if it were another
instructor (and maybe it is).
Anyway, to sum up, I am so very pleased with this DVD. It is a contemporary classic in my opinion. I would wholeheartedly recommend it, if you're looking for an easier alternative to Cathe that is still Cathe, if you want a non-complex step routine that is not hard to master but doesn't slow you down, if you want Cathe's high production values and style but an alternative for an easier day, if you want a bridge to other Cathe workouts.