Pyramid Lower BodyCathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2002
Categories: Balance/Medicine/Mini/Stability Ball, Lower Body Strength
Other reviewers have broken down this video (which I did this morning) nicely, so I won't bother to go there. I will say that I was a little reluctant to buy this, if only because I could find no supporting evidence to support any particular effectiveness of the "pyramid" method of training. However it got such great reviews here and on my Firmlist (and how could I resist another Cathe all-weight workout?) that I bought this along with the Pyramid Upper Body and Muscle Endurance from the "Intensity" series. Wow! This is a phenomenal workout for the lower body. As another reviewer mentioned, Cathe doesn't seem to be going terribly heavy (& doesn't it make you feel STRONG to go heavier than Cathe?!); I used heavier weights on almost all the exercises, which include tall box step ups, lunges, squats, plies, some NICE calf work ... and then, WHOA it's on to the wrecking ball. How does that mini demon dream up these exercises? Who'da thunk that working your lower body without any weights using a stability ball could be SO TOUGH?! What I love about Cathe's weight workouts (I don't have any of her step/cardio) is that with every new video I buy she bumps me into a whole 'nother level. My Firm workouts improve, my running improves, my abs and core strength improve (oh to have abs like Cathe ... sigh) ... she brings a whole new dimension to my workouts!
Cathe is, without a doubt, one of the finest (if not THE finest) video instructors out there. In terms of form pointers, she's up there with Tracie Long and Karen Voight, yet she has an added unique charm all her own.