Low Impact Step plus Total Body Sculpting DVD

Cathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2005

Categories: Balance/Medicine/Mini/Stability Ball, Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Step Aerobics , Total Body Workouts

Total Muscle Sculpting is the strength workout that comes with Low Impact Step. I believe there are copies that have only this title too. They're probably part of a home step package, however.
This is a nice little strength workout that can be completed in less than 30 minutes.
It starts with a short low impact warm up.
After the warm up, Cathe has you do a few short sets for your lower body. The exercises are squats with an overhead press (she uses the stability ball. I use dumbbells.) She then does some lunges witht he ball. Again, I sub dumbbells.
Back is worked with lying extensions and bent over row, seated on the ball.
The chest only gets one type of exercise-- decline push ups on the ball. She has you change position on the ball to increase intensity. I guess chest could have used more exercises, but I don't really love working my chest, so I don't mind.
Cathe then moves on to shoulders, biceps, and triceps.
I like the preacher curls done on the stability ball, but the halfway up ones were tough! As for triceps, I like the lying extensions on the ball, but find the kickbacks lying on the ball pretty awkward.
Cathe then moves on to some leg work on the ball-- side leg lifts and glute/hamstring work that is upposed to engage the hams and inner thighs by drawing the legs in (kind of "froggy style"). I don't know. Usually with glute raises on the ball, I really feel it in my glutes and hamstrings. With the drawing in motion I feel it more in my calves. I think I will modify this in the future.
The abs are kind of beginnerish-- nothing special and pretty short.
All in all, this is a great workout for such a short length. I feel like I get a good workout (as long as I use much heavier weight than the 3 pounders Cathe uses!)
I always love a Cathe strength workout that is light on lunges!