High Step Training

Cathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2004

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Step Aerobics

High Step Training Advanced (HSTA) is definitely an advanced workout. Cathe and the crew use 8" high steps for the cardio. I used 6" and was in my target training zone. I did move to 8" on the last circuit to work my abs a bit more.

This program is structured very well. There are 5 cycles of cardio, leg training, and upper body weights. By working out your triceps, biceps, and shoulders before your back and chest, you are able to go heavier for the smaller muscle groups. Since your back and chest are used in combination with arms and shoulders, your back and chest get a good workout as well.

The cardio is easy to learn but tough to do. As with any workout, however, the more you do it, the easier it gets. These cardio segments really get my heart rate to the high end of my training zone. I stay in my zone for the legs and upper body segments as well, so I feel that this is a good fat-burning workout for me. I never thought I'd get the tap straddle move, but have managed to do most of it now. This is a challenging move!

The legs are worked in a high rep-low weight manner. You do leg presses, squats, lunges, sit- n-stands, and hover squats. Just when you think you can do no more, Cathe urges you on and you do it!

The upper body has 2-3 moves for each part. All are challenging. The nice thing about this tape is that they are relatively short sets which enable me to go all out knowing that it won't last forever.

I highly recommend this tape to anyone looking for a circuit program that allows you to continue to grow. I am drenched at the end of this workout, and feel like I got a thorough weightlifting and cardio workout.

Instructor Comments:
Cathe is motivating and inspiring in this video. She cues well and keeps me focused!

Beth D.