Cathe Friedrich Reviews

A Review of To The Max with Cathe Friedrich

February 5, 2016

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To the Max is an incredible program by Cathe Friedrich. Why? Because it has a little bit of everything you’d want in a good home workout.

Almost every video Cathe Friedrich releases includes premix routines (additional workouts) and To the Max is no exception.

To the Max Extreme is my favorite premix workout in the To The Max program.

Here’s a peek at the workout:

Let me tell you what you’ll want to know about To the Max Extreme…

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Cathe Friedrich doing a downward facing dog on a blue mat

Instructor-Cathe Friedrich

Category-Cardio + Strength

Length-63 minutes

HRM-572 calories


aerobic step with 3 risers (on each side)

3, 5, and 10 lb. dumbbells


exercise loop


*My choreography ratings are a reference to how complex the choreography is, NOT how intense/advanced the routine is.  This is an advanced workout (with simple choreography).

My Rating– A

The Important Information (About To the Max Extreme)

This workout is advanced!

First there’s a step routine

Then a tabata routine (with the step)

Next is a HiiT (high-intensity interval training) routine with 3 risers and a band

Then an aerobic segment using the discs

To the Max Extreme has a bonus routine that Cathe calls a ‘Bonus Fit Tabata’ using a step with 3 risers and 8 lb weights

Then when you’re completely exhausted there’s an ab segment.

Learn more about the main workout on To the Max (not a premix)

A Few Tips & Things to Know about To the Max Extreme by Cathe Friedrich

The tabata segments are 20 seconds each, the Hiit segments are 30 seconds.  Keep your equipment close by. The rest between segments is very short (30 seconds, I think).

You need to commit on straddle taps (2 risers is high for these).  As soon as you decide your legs are made of lead you’ll catch your toe on the step and break your neck.  Same goes for straddle jumps.  She does this one with 3 risers.  You’ll kill yourself if you’re not giving 100%.

The ab routine feels more like a shoulder workout because of the weights she uses.  Sometimes I can power through with the 10’s but usually my shoulders are fried by this time so I use the 8’s and 5’s instead.

Now What?

To The Max Extreme is one of my favorite workouts because you get a little bit of everything.

I’d give it an A+ if there was less equipment involved (Here’s a workout I did give an A+).  But don’t avoid this video because of the amount of equipment Cathe uses.

To the Max is a great workout with several premix routines (and well-worth the investment).

Where You Can Purchase To the Max by Cathe Friedrich:

To the Max on Cathe’s website

Amazon has To The Max

To the Max at Collage Video

And you can access To the Max and To the Max Extreme with a membership to Cathe on Demand.  (I love it.)

You can learn more about Cathe’s On Demand membership in this article, Everything You Need to Know About Cathe Live and Cathe on Demand.

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