Pyramid Lower BodyCathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2002
Categories: Balance/Medicine/Mini/Stability Ball, Lower Body Strength
After owning this for a few months and thinking I'd never be able to do all those reps with my crackly knees I finally decided to try this workout. I wanted to review it from a modifiers point of view. I don't like to do single count squats and lunges as they aggravate my knees a bit.
Cathe goes up the pyramid and then back down with the following reps 12, 10, 8, 10, 12. As you can see, that's a lot of reps.
The warmup gets you good and warm, but is simple to follow. The first exercise is leg press, which I skipped. I intend to sub a floor or ball quad exercise for these, but didn't this time.
Next is static lunges, then a superset of squats and plie squats. I used a 2 up, 2 down count for all standing lower body work. So I only ended up doing reps of 6, 5, 4, 5, and 6. I used conservative weight and it felt like a nice easier day workout. I could definitely go pretty heavy with this workout.
Deadlifts are next and I skipped those because of a weak sacroilic joint. I don't like the 3 down, 1 up count as I think dtoo many people will jerk up. A 2-2 count would probably be better.
Calf raises are done on the edge of the step platform using the barbell for support. No weight is used, but these really hurt!
Then you move onto floorwork with the ball. The hamstrings, glutes, inner, and outer thighs are worked. The ball work is excellent! You may want to put the ball against a wall or couch for stability with the first exercise.
A nice stretch, that I wish was longer, ends the workout.
I was pleasantly surprised with this one, since I was sure I wouldn't like it.
The music is nice too. I don't remember anything about it standing out, but I didn't hate it either.
I love Cathe, and she just has this ability to really motivate me as soon as I hear her voice. She has awesome form too.