What You Should Know
Cathe Friedrich is a well-known fitness instructor who has developed a methodology of workouts and produced a series of workout videos targeted mainly to women. Cathe Friedrich’s workouts are based on step aerobics and she is one of the best-known proponents of power stepping. The Cathe Friedrich videos are based on the concept of “muscle confusion”. Muscle confusion is a based on the theory that people looking to lose weight by working out hit a plateau past which they seem to be unable to lose more weight. Friedrich believes that this plateau is caused by the body becoming used to routine workouts and that changing the workouts and intensity is the key to continued weight loss and sculpting.
Cathe Friedrich’s website sells over 40 workout DVD’s in several series. Friedrich also sells steppers and other fitness equipment. Consumers can purchase directly from the official website which is something we like to see as cutting out the “middleman” to help the consumer to save money.
The website itself is generally laid out well and is informative. One thing that is particularly helpful is the section with video clips from the Cathe Friedrich DVD’s. This allows the customer to preview the content of the DVD’s before purchase. The website states that there are no returns of DVD’s and videos so the more information the customer gets upfront, the better purchasing decisions the consumer will make. The videos range from around $20 to $90, so purchasing a number of workout videos to get the variety Friedrich advocates can be pricy.
Cathe Friedrich DVD’s are grouped into the following categories: Abs/Core, Strength/Toning, Boot Camp, Step, Stretch, Circuit, Kickbox, Hi/Lo, Hi Step, and Bundles. Each video follows roughly the same format with a warm up at the beginning and a cool down at the end.
Most of the DVD workouts require little in the way of specialized equipment- mostly a stepper system and dumbbells. Consumers may wish to price steppers in their local fitness stores and compare to those sold on the Cathe Friedrich site to get the best deal.
The Cathe Friedrich DVD’s are basic and easy to follow, not incorporating advanced step moves that many new steppers find difficult to execute. Friedrich’s instructions are clear and she uses several different demonstrators to show different ways of completing the exercises based on current fitness levels.
- Can workout in your own home.
- Lots of variety in the workout videos available.
- Workouts developed by a known fitness professional.
- Costly to purchase several videos and may be too expensive for the average consumer.
If you are looking for a series of step aerobic workout videos, this is the series to get. The variety and the production quality make for a solid workout regimen. Keep in mind that purchasing several Friedrich DVD’s may add up, so look for specials on the site. Several of the DVD’s are also put together in bundles and these represent a better value for those on a budget.