Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Workouts in Review: Low Impact Circuit
Okay, by now you all know that I am a HUGE fan of Cathe Friedrich! I actually started my workout journey with her original kickboxing workout, Cardio Kicks. Come to think of it that may be why I have a soft spot for kickboxing : )
I decided that I would review her discounted DVD each week as they go on sale. Cathe has never put her DVD's on sale because she hasn't had a need to. You are in luck though because she has decided to put one DVD on sale each week so that everyone has a chance to have her awesome workouts. This week Low Impact Circuit is on sale, yeah! Just enter the code FP-30 and get 30% off until December 6th, 2009!
What is it?
Low Impact Circuit is a 75-minute circuit workout. Here is the breakdown:
Warm-up 8 minutes
Circuit Cycle #1 17 minutes
Circuit Cycle #2 16 minutes
Circuit Cycle #3 16 minutes
Abs 8 minutes
Stretch 6 minutes
Bonus Cardio 9 minutes
Each Circuit Cycle has a step combo, step blast, lower body strength and upper body strength.
Who is it for?
This is an intermediate/advanced workout but it is low-impact which is great. There are days my knees bug me more than others so I cherish this workout on those days and more. You will need a standard step, a set of light dumbbells, a barbell with moderate weight and a medium-tension resistance band.
What to expect:
I love the choreography and the weight work that Cathe has in this workout. The cardio sections have great music and have fun choreography so you can just have fun and watch the time fly by. Next up are the blasts and the blasts are my favorite because they are high intensity but have little choreography. That means you can work extra hard but you don't have to think too hard at the same time. Just when you think the hard part is over, here comes the lower body strength section. Think squats, lunges and more! Next up, upper body. I LOVE working my upper body and Cathe gets it good in this workout. She even incorporates some into the lower body sections so you're working them both at the same time. Follow this up with some great abs and a stretch and you're done! Of course, if you're crazy you can do the bonus cardio and blast : ) Enjoy!