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ICE: Metabolic Total Body w/ Cathe Friedrich Workout DVD Review

Posted in Cathe, Health/Fitness, Review, Workout DVDs, Workout review with tags , , on March 10, 2016 by mistransformation



Cathe’s latest workout series is ICE.  This stands for Intermediate Conditioning Extreme.  This series is targeted towards the intermediate level exerciser but from what I’ve seen of it, I think that someone at an advanced level would be satisfied as well.

My first review from the series is with the Metabolic Total Body workout. As with most other Cathe workouts you get a lot of bang for your buck.  You get a thorough warm up and cool down, the “regular” workout and a few bonuses as well.  Cathe also gives us many premix choices and even mishmosh mixes.

The Regular Workout  – definitely have a few sets of dumbbells here.  Cathe uses everything from 5s to 15s.  I tried to be a hero the first time out and go heavy but Cathe does high repetitions and moves quickly so I suggest trying the weight level she uses until you find what works for you (maybe you go lighter or maybe you go heavier).  Cathe does mostly compound moves and your heart rate will go up without jumping.

Warm Up – 6:36
Workout – 36:58
Cool Down – 4:19
Total – 47:53

The moves:

Crossback Lunge with Overhead Press

Squat Press

Plie Squat/Upright Row

Front Lunge/Back Row/Fly

Front Swing with Abduction

Lunge Curl and Press

Front Swing with Abduction

Deadlift to Squat

Single Leg Deadlift with Front Raises

Deadrows/Upright Rows/Shrugs

Back Lunge with Rows

Side Lunge Abductions (no weights)

Front Lunge with Figure 8 Row Arms and Elbow to Knee (no weights)


Squat, Curl, Press with Tricep Extension

Squat Curl

Lunge Kick Lunge Stand (you do this in the warm up but this time with light weights)

Static Lunge with Tricep Extension

Sumo Squat with Bicep Curl

Dynamic Front Lunge Raises

Rear Lunge, Curl to Press

Front Raise with Rear Delt Pull to Lateral Raise

Squat Twists

Squat Jab

Controlled Slow Elbow to Knee (like a yoga prayer twist)


As you can see, this is a lot of great compound movements.  Your butt is going to get a great workout in this one.

The Bonus workouts are:

Total Workout – 15:29

Cathe does three sets of pushups, flat chest presses, flat chest flys and then incline presses and flys.  Again, the first time I tried to be a hero and go super heavy but when Cathe said we had 2 more sets of this I just about cried.  My chest was spent on the first set when I went super heavy.  I wondered why she was only using 12 pound dumbbells.

Total Workout – 12:21

Dynamic blast exercises (jumping) mixed with Compound weight movements

This is a nice little HiiT type workout weighted and unweighted.  You better be prepared to do a LOT of air jacks.

Total Workout – 11:00

Cathe is the Queen of Core.  With moves like:  Lying up and overs; Leg chasers; Slow bike maneuvers and Full body breast strokes. Cathe sure can pack a lot of punch in a short time and your abs/core burns in no time.

I like to use the bonuses as one total workout added together.  They are also great for add-ons or for short workouts if you are pressed for time.

Even though this series is targeted towards the intermediate level, I felt challenged just by upping the weight when I needed to.  You really can cater to your own needs.  Probably not great for a beginner, however.

I love Cathe, I love this workout and I surely will come back to it time and time again. I hope to review others in this series soon.

5 out of 5 stars.

New Year! New Rear! Cathe Great Glutes DVD Winner Review

Posted in Cathe, Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review of Product, Workout DVDs, Workout review on January 27, 2014 by mistransformation


You may remember that last year I had my New Year!  New Rear! drawing for Cathe’s Great Glutes DVD.  The winner was Jonelle “FitGirl” Boyd.    She also runs a blog at:  Please check out her blog.    When I did my drawing I asked that the winner come back here and give me their thoughts on the DVD.  The following is Jonelle “FitGirl’s” review:

From Jonelle “FitGirl” Boyd:

If you’re already a Cathe Friedrich fan, you know that Cathe NEVER disappoints! And this DVD was no exception!

First let me say, I am somewhat of a newbie to Cathe’s workouts. Being the workout dvd queen that I am (I probably have almost any workout DVD that you can think of), of course I had heard of her, Cathe is well known in the fitness community and has TONS of workout DVDs to her credit! I even had a couple of her DVDs (“High Reps” and “Gym Style – Back, Shoulders & Biceps”), but it wasn’t until I bought her Low Impact Series workouts that I really became a fan. I had been doing the Low Impact workouts for a couple of months when I entered Missy’s giveaway and won the “Great Glutes” DVD.

I have to admit, while I was excited about receiving the DVD and getting another Cathe workout to add to my collection, I honestly didn’t think that this was going to be much more than just a whole bunch of squats and lunges. I didn’t expect it to be the whole body workout that it is! Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of squats and lunges, but Cathe uses exercise moves using gliding discs, an exercise ball, dumbbells, loops, and a chair to not only work your glutes and legs, but your arms, shoulders, and core too! It’s an awesome strength workout but it surprised me by giving me a little cardio action, too! My heart was pumping, sweat was forming, and I was definitely feeling the burn! I’ve been doing this workout for a couple of weeks now and every time I finish it, I feel great! A little sore? MOST DEFINITELY! Lol! But that just gives me even more proof that I’ve completed one body changing workout!

Cathe is hardcore, and this is a pretty long workout, around 55 minutes long, so I would definitely rate this at an intermediate to advanced level. But even if you are a beginner, this workout could still be done with some adjustments. Cathe provides some slightly shorter premix workouts and you can always cut back on the amount of reps you choose to do, taking breaks in between exercise segments.

In conclusion, would I recommend this workout? DEFINITELY! It’s a full body workout that while its primary focus is glutes, will work every part of your body and I have no doubt that if done consistently will give you a GREAT BODY!

There you have it from Jonelle “FitGirl” Boyd.  Again, please check out her blog at

Thanks to Jonelle for the great review on my blog.

Cathe Great Glutes Workout DVD Review

Posted in Cathe, Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review of Product, Workout DVDs, Workout review on November 21, 2013 by mistransformation


Great Glutes is a 55 minute (w/ 6 minute chair segment bonus) lighter weight glute focused workout. The tools needed are a few sets of dumbbells (or one if that’s all you have), gliding discs or a paper plate, exercise ball and the Firewalker (loop stretch band) and chair for the bonus segment.

After a thorough warm up Cathe starts off with a bang:  Compound moves with a non-plyometric cardio move interspersed between more compound moves to get your heart rate up and keep it up.  The first segment is all standing and approximately 17 minutes in length.  As usual Cathe uses tempo changes and pulsing to really burn out your butt on the squats and lunges.  Cathe uses 8 pound dumbbells but this wasn’t heavy enough for me and to make this segment more advanced I had to use heavier weights.  If you like using lighter weights then this workout is for you.

The second segment is another standing portion that uses gliding discs.  If you don’t have gliding discs you can use a paper plate.  This segment is approximately 8 minutes in length.  This portion is a series of lunges with change of tempo, pulsing, etc., utilized once again.  After the first standing portion this was a relief to move on to.

The third segment utilizes the stability ball and your hamstrings will really be worked.  First there are roll-ins with both legs and then after two rounds of that you do roll-ins one leg at a time.  After that you get to squeeze the ball ala Thighmaster flashback and then you feel like a kid at the playground when you throw the ball up to your feet and catch it.

The fourth segment is the floor work without equipment.  There are only two moves:  Hydrants and Pizza Presses.  This may sound simple but in true Cathe style she burns your butt with a ton of reps.  I would estimate over 100 for each move on each leg.  This works the endurance and I really have to fight to get through this.  I think this portion is what was responsible for my DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) the next day.

There is an optional 6 minute ballet style chair bonus to work your calves and hamstrings.  You will need a “firewalker” (loop stretch band) and one weight plus the chair.

A thorough stretch ends the workout.

So as you can see the workout is called Great Glutes but you are also going to work your inner thighs, hamstrings and calves for Great Legs as well.  I mean what good are great glutes if you don’t have some great legs to go with your great butt?

I’m going to be honest here I do like this workout but I prefer the heavyweight “Gym Style” workouts that I reviewed last week to this.  It’s a great workout for people who do not like to use heavy weights or for use on days when you don’t want to lift heavy.  I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Stay tuned because in the next few days I will have a post where you can win your own Great Glutes DVD (a brand new still in the plastic wrap DVD.  I’m not giving up my own just yet.). 

Vintage Cathe Workout DVD Reviews

Posted in Cathe, Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review of Product, Workout DVDs, Workout review on November 14, 2013 by mistransformation

A few posts back I mentioned my jackpot of great vintage Cathe DVDs (my Coming Soon post).  I have finally completed all of the DVDs and am now in a position to talk about them.  Instead of doing each on a separate post I am just going to say a little bit about each one.  These have been out on the market for a while and a lot of diehard Catheletes probably already have these workouts.

My Favorite:  Lower Body Blast.  Out of all four of my recent purchases this is my favorite.  I think a better title for it would have been Lower Body Burn because that is exactly what is going to happen when you complete this.  There is one segment where Cathe does split squats or a lunge where one leg is raised on the step in the back.  I normally do these with like 20 pounds so when Cathe said she was doing them without weight I thought: What?  After doing it I completely understood.  She does such a high rep count with a combination of tempos and holds that it really does make your butt burn.  The “low ends” are killer.  This workout is a great all around workout for the lower body.  You get strength, cardio bursts and conditioning exercises.  With the bonus conditioning work this is 76 minutes in total length.  Conveniently chaptered and premixed.


Most Bang for your Buck:  Pyramid Lower & Upper Body. This DVD has two separate workouts on it and that makes it a great value.  A 56 minute workout for the upper body and a 49 minute workout for the lower body.  Cathe uses the pyramid format for weights and rep counts and this really does work your muscles to fatigue (if you lift heavy enough).  I had some great DOMS the day after I completed each of these.   This DVD is chaptered to mix and match between the two workouts.  Good workout but horrible background set lol.  OMG what were they thinking.  It’s so cheesy looking.


Most challenging:  Gym Style Legs.  This workout is total isolation/compound exercises with no cardio bursts but anyone who works legs knows that a leg workout can still get the heart rate up.  A variety of tools are used: Band, high step, dumbbells, barbell, and stability ball.  Another workout that works the lower half to fatigue.   One thing I remember in this workout is burning out my calves like never before.  Cathe doesn’t let up in the calf raises off of the step.  Relentless.  67 minutes in length.  Another one with a terrible setting. Thank god the workout ROCKS!

GymStyleLegsMy Least Favorite:  Body Max 2.  Yes Body Max 2 is my least favorite of these gems but that doesn’t mean it is worthless or that it will never get used.  The reason why it is my least favorite is because of the step choreography.  I’m a little clumsy at first but I’m getting better at it.  I’ve even done a couple of other Cathe step workouts but I like more athletic/less dancey when it comes to step.  This workout is versatile.  It has Step Combos – Power Circuits which is step choreography with lower body moves interspersed; Upper body weights, Abs and a bonus cardio segment.  One thing I really did like about this workout and probably when I use it the most for is the option to do  double upper body.  You do two sets of each of the upper body moves with this premix plus the abs and I felt this premix option was golden.  So even though I say it was my least favorite I still find it useful.


There you have it.  Once again stay tuned I have another Cathe review and giveaway coming soon!

Coming Soon….

Posted in Cathe, Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review of Product, Uncategorized, Workout DVDs, Workout review on November 6, 2013 by mistransformation

ComingsoonI recently hit the jackpot (or at least I feel like I did) and came in to some great vintage Cathe workout DVDs.  I did have to pay for them but considering that Cathe DVDs tend to hold their value and sell at the same cost of a brand new workout DVD.  I got these at about half that price and I really feel like I got a great deal.   People do not just get rid of Cathe workout DVDs.

The vintage Cathe that I will review in the future:

Lower Body Blast (from 2010)- Have done this so far.  Loved it.  Can’t wait to review it.

Pyramid Lower & Upper Body from the Intensity Series (from 2002) These are two separate workouts and I did them on back to back nights.  Loved getting use out of my barbell.

Body Max 2 (from 2006) a step/circuit with lower body focus/upper body strength and abs workout all in one.  Haven’t tried it yet.  I don’t love step workouts but I’m sure I’ll manage.

Gym Style Legs from the Hardcore Series (from 2005).  Another one that I will get to use my barbell.

Have I ever told you that I love to work my butt?  I guess you can tell from the choices of my purchases.

I’m really hoping to get some serious strength/muscle gains over the winter by working out with these tough workouts in my rotation.

Stay tuned…..

Cathe Lean Legs & Abs Workout DVD Review

Posted in Cathe, Health/Fitness, Motivation/Inspiration, Review of Product, Workout DVDs, Workout review on October 20, 2013 by mistransformation


I am sure some of you Catheletes already know that Cathe has just released a multitude of new workout DVDs.  Lean Legs and Abs is the first one I have tried from that group.

This DVD has three segments and a bonus Barre segment  (besides a thorough warm up and stretch as per usual)

Segment One: Compound Legs

This segment is full of compound exercises like Squat Press (which the 2nd time through she adds a bicep curl), Leaning Lunges, Lunges w/ Hammer Curl, Sumo Squat Clean to Press, Side Lunges w/ an Upright Row, Front/Back Lunges w/ jump switch, Backward Lunge w/ Knee Lift and Shoulder Press,

This segment is designed with an emphasis on legs but moves that get your heart rate up. Light weights are utilized.  Cathe uses 8s.  I wouldn’t go too heavy with these moves since they move very fast. You could even go down in weight or not use them if your form is affected when you use the weights. My favorite move: Backward Lunge w/ Ham Curl to Stand Up, My Least Favorite: Diagonal Lunges,

Out of all 3 segments this was my favorite.

Segment Two – Chair and Firewalker Band (strength band)

Holding 8 lb weight standing by chair you lift your leg working your quad.

Using Firewalker Band or other stretch band traveling forward zigzag walk to a lateral skate – THIS BURNS (if you use a strong enough band) (my favorite move of this segment)

Sitting on your knees on a mat leaning backwards and using the strength of the thighs to pull yourself up.

Lying on floor while using the Firewalker band Cathe goes through various leg lifts in different angles to work the outer and front of the thigh.

Segment Three – Core Segment

Starts with situps, different variations of crunches, using 8lb dumbbell in one hand situp to overhead press, leg isolation holds (tougher than it looks), scissors, X-crunches, rowing crunches, half-twists, weighted half-twists, and ending with a bicycle segment.  Cathe has some of the best core segments.  Short but sweet – effective.

On another note, while doing this segment I could feel how much stronger my abs have gotten.  Perhaps from all the yoga I do.

Bonus Segment – Barre

Using a chair pulse squats, plie’ pulse squats, isometric plie’ while pushing knees backward (like a butterfly move).

Next Cathe utilizes each side of the chair doing various leg lifts working both the front and outer thighs and ending with circle lifts.

This Barre segment isn’t really that hard. I have done harder.  I have not tried any of Cathe’s full Barre workouts but I’m sure they are tougher than this one.  It is a good finisher to the other leg segments though.

I think an intermediate would be comfortable doing this workout.  This workout isn’t as brutal as some of Cathe’s other workouts,  As I said, I liked the first segment the best.  I wish it had been longer.  I like getting my heart rate up.  I would give this workout DVD 3 1/2 stars out of 5.  It’s great but it’s not brutal.  I guess I’m a glutton for punishment….hoping to try her Great Glutes workout soon for comparison.

SIDE NOTE: The day after completing this workout my thighs hurt in an area which they usually do not after I do various other glute/leg workouts.  They hurt in the lower part of my inner thigh – I guess that is the area that Cathe even mentions during the barre segment (I think that was the segment she mentions the area that ages “gracefully” – correct me if I’m wrong). I consider this a good thing because I feel like it worked an area of my body that may not get hit in that spot often enough.