Shock Cardio Core Circuit

Cathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2009

Categories: Abs/Core , Circuit Training (cardio and weights) , Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance

A great workout from Cathe! I love this workout. It's definitely a tough one and one geared towards advanced exercisers. KATHAL has given a very thorough breakdown of the workout, so I'm just going to give my impressions.

What I loved about this workout:

*No equipment needed. I could really focus on the workout itself and not having to rush around and gather the right weights etc. When there are lots of equipment changes, I always have to the pause the DVD.

*Cathe's enthusiasm.

*It's tough! My heart rate was in the high end of my aerobic zone for the entire workout. This was the case even when I did lower impact modifications for some of the exercises. For example, Cathe does a high kick while jumping on the other leg. I just stood and did a high kick and my heart rate stayed elevated.

*The shorter length. I never thought I would say that I liked a shorter workout, but the shorter length meant I really gave it my all for the entire time.

*the music fit the workout. It wasn't great music, but it wasn't annoying music either.

Some cautions about the workout:

*This is defintely for the advanced exerciser. Cathe does show a few modifications, but they are still somewhat advanced in my opinion.

*If you're not advanced, or don't want the impact, I would suggest watching the workout before doing it so you can start thinking about modifications to do. Also, you can check out the VideoFitness Forum, where there are some threads about modifications.

*There is no cool down before the stretch. For advanced folks, this may not be an issue, but for the others, it's something to be aware of. In this workout I don't believe that Cathe suggests cooling down on your own before doing the stretch, like she has done in other Shock Cardio workouts.

These cautions are not dislikes or negatives for me since I love advanced wworkouts. I only mention these in case those less advanced folks are considering buying these and thinking they'll be easy like the Shock Cardio MMA Kickboxing, Boxing and Step workouts.

Instructor Comments:
Cathe seemed more like here usual enthusiastic self in this workout. She looked like she was having fun. I thought her cuing was fine, but then I don't need a lot of cuing.

Nancy Loderick