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If you’re up for some challenging choreography then you’ve come to the right place.
Vol. 1 Step is several Cathe Friedrich step routines spliced together.
Here’s a preview of this incredible workout:
*You do not need dumbbells (like you see in one of the intervals in the clip above). That section (using the dumbbells) is not in the main workout.
I burn almost 600 calories when I do this 65 minute routine!
Let me tell you exactly what to expect from Cathe Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Step…
Category-Cardio (Step aerobics)
Equipment-Aerobic Step with 2 risers* (per side), mat (for the stretch only)
*The majority of this workout only uses 1 riser per side. Don’t avoid this program because you don’t have 4 total risers (2 per side).
✔ Pro Tip: This guide will be helpful if you’re in the market for an aerobic step: Your Expert Guide to Buying and Using an Aerobic Step
My rating– A
The warm-up in this main video comes from Cathe’s Step Pump & Jump exercise video and is a step routine. There’s no stretch in this section.
You’ll only need your step with one riser for this. The music will either make your smile or cringe. I always smile and sing along because I’m kind of a dork.
Keep your step on one riser and continue with another step segment from the same program as the warm-up. Listen to Cathe. She’s very good at cuing the steps. Once you learn the jargon it’s easy peasy.
The next three step segments come from that same video. Some are harder than others. You got this.
*Add a riser to your step if you have it. The next section is done on two risers (per side).
Cathe does a great job teaching the steps in this part. And there’s something wrong with you if you aren’t happy to hear Rick Springfield.
*You can go back to one riser (per side) for the rest of the workout.
This is probably the easiest choreography section and comes from Drill Max (a phenomenal video on its own). While the steps aren’t that hard the workout is still (very) advanced.
The next four step routines come from the same video, Imax 2.
The sections don’t have that many pieces to remember but Cathe doesn’t build the parts up for you. (Try not to get frustrated.) She just does them all together and you have to keep up. The sections fit together perfect, though. When you get them down you’ll start having fun.
Each step segment is followed by a short blast (intensity) section. You repeat all the step and blast routines in this part 6 times.
The first blast is ski jumps with a tuck jump.
The second blast (following the second step routine in this section) is side to side lunges with big sumo arms. For the Love of Pete these are so much harder than they look.
The third blast is a straddle jack over the step with plié jacks. You do it 6 times. Plié jacks are just evil at this point.
The fourth blast is a power turning squat on the step.
The last step interval is taken from the video Athletic Step. I have an issue with this section. If you’ve never done Athletic Step you’ll struggle a little here. There’s no build-up of any of the moves and there are a lot of them.
This section is the entire step routine from the Athletic Step program all put together in the Athletic Step finale. If you’re familiar with that video you’ll remember the parts (maybe) but if you’ve never done it before then be prepared. You won’t be able to keep up. That’s ok.
Just do your best to keep moving and burning calories. Do power 15’s until the next section if you need to. Don’t stop. There’s one more short part to do and the steps are easy and you can do them, so hang in there.
The cool down is included in this section, too.
The stretch takes you back to Body Max 2. It’s a good stretch. Don’t skip it.
This is one of my favorite step videos. I love Imax 2 and Body Max 2, especially. With all the different programs combined you don’t have a chance to get bored. And who doesn’t love getting a free sample of stuff?
By the time you complete this video and all the premixes on it you’ll know a little bit about 6 different Cathe Friedrich workouts (there’s a section from a 6th video in some of the premixes that’s not in the workout I reviewed on this post) that you probably haven’t tried before.
If you love Cathe Friedrich workouts (like I do) I recommend you try Cathe on Demand. The membership gives you access to hundreds of her workouts.
Read more about it in this article, Everything you Need to Know About Cathe Live and Cathe on Demand. I love my membership.
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