XTrain - TabataciseCathe Friedrich
Year Released: 2012
Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance , Step Aerobics
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First I'll say that I loved this workout and will use it a ton. It's exactly the type of workout I'm into ... challenging cardio drills. My most used workout lately has been Crossfire which gives me an endorphin smile all day long. In Tabatacise I like the way she combines floor drills of varying speeds and intensity with a little bit of step work as a recovery. I also like that there isn't a ton of down time and that there is variety of moves within each tabata (not doing the same move for 8 rounds). I wish she had added a pull together of each of the drills at the end like Amy Dixon does in Breathless Body 2 but I did add on the 7 minute step only premix. I'd say this one is as intense as you make it, easy to modify up or down as you like. Cathe is her usual motivating and pleasant self. I really thought the music was perfect for this one (the same pop/top 40 she's been using lately with the words changed). I always get a kick out of the word changes. I often make up my own words in my head (hey, what ever it takes to keep the mind occupied).
But, I also have to say that there is really not very much creativity in this one. I don't expect a lot of creativity in a drill workout, but is it really that hard to come up with some new hiit cardio drill moves? We've seen all of these before. It's time for Cathe to retire the squat jumps (seriously, what is it with her and squat jumps?) and limit her use of air jacks and repeat 15's on the step to just one DVD a year. (I love you Cathe, and I hope you can take this as some constructive criticism)
So, if you like hiit drill workouts, you will most likely love this one. But if you've got enough of Hiit in your collection, you can skip this one, or wait for it in a trade.