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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is definitely high intensity step, in spite of being low impact. I've been doing this workout with a pulled chest muscle so I can't really use my arms. I also seem to always do it the day after an intense leg workout, so I do the repeaters on the floor. In spite of these modifications, my heart rate is always in the high end of my aerobic zone. I'm an advanced exerciser who does lots of intense cardio, so I was very pleasantly surprised that I could get such a good workout with no impact.

This is a 50 minute step workout. You have the option of adding on the 21 minute bonus step/weight routine for a 71 minute workout. Shorter premixes are also available.

Why I love this workout:

**It's intense without being a killer. After finishing, I feel energized, not exhausted.

**Appropriate length of warm-up and cool-down. In Cathe's STS Cardio series, the warm-ups were way too long and the cool downs were non-existent.

**The routines make me think. Cathe doesn't spend much time breaking down the moves which I love because it keeps the workout interesting for me. I didn't get many of her moves the first few times I did this DVD, but eventually I did. The choreography is more complex than most of Cathe's other step workouts, which was a particular challenge for me since I workout very early in the morning and I'm not quite awake yet.

**I didn't even notice the music because I was enjoying the workout so much. I usually don't care for Cathe's taste in music, but in this case I didn't notice the music at all.

There are some things to note about this workout. I don't consider these to be big negatives since I really enjoyed this workout.

The things to consider:

**Some of the moves could really tweak your knees and hips. There are several pivot moves; I workout on carpet so I have to be extra careful.

**You are stepping across the step in several moves and I'm always afraid that my legs will get tangled up and I will fall.

If you want a fun, challenging and low impact step workout, this may be just the thing for you. I would suggest checking out clips to see if you'll enjoy the choreography. Happy stepping!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2011
I have been working out with Cathe for awhile and have been waiting for her new Low Impact step DVDs. This is exactly what I wanted - it works you HARD but is easy on the joints. If you are used to Cathe's other DVDs, you should be able to catch on fairly quickly, although there are a few parts I haven't nailed down yet and I have most of her step workouts. If you are new to Cathe, you may be lost; this is not a 'teaching' DVD and I would call it quite advanced for people that have never done step. It packs a great workout into only 50 minutes! The only 'con' for me is the music, once again we have muzak-style throughout, I prefer the music on her older workouts that were actual songs by original artists.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2012
I was disappointed with this DVD! I was looking for something low impact, but the way they jump around is not "true low impact" in my book. I started with the warm up, but it was more like a full-on work out. The twists and turns, along with the fast pace are a little too much for me. There isn't enough repetition to learn one movement before they add a new movement. I have been doing step aerobics since the 80's, and it seems that each time a new steep aerobic video comes out, it tries to outdo the last one in intensity, and difficult moves. So unnecessary for a good work-out! I would not recommend this video to my friends who are looking for something low impact.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2013
I've done Cathe step workouts for well over a decade and generally she is a rock solid instructor. In this video her cueing is abysmal - she gives no advance warning as to what is coming next, doesn't tell you how many reps you're going to do, and doesn't tell you which foot to lead with. She just goes into some moderately complex choreography and leaves you to try and catch up. Her cueing is basically asking if you caught that and reminding you to rewind as needed. This makes it very frustrating to learn and I lost workout time figuring out the choreography - you don't get an intense workout when you're learning the steps and taking breaks to rewind and watch. Much of this would have been eliminated by decent cueing. Cathe's poor instruction plus uninspired music make this a dvd I won't pull out very often.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2011
It's Cathe, so the standard of excellence is there. I have many of her tapes and it was time for some new ones. For me the choreography was rolling along, easy enough to understand until about midway through when I started bumping into walls so to speak. She seemed to take more time with the earlier portions... or maybe I was tired and started to lose the ability to follow. It's a little complicated towards the end and after 4 times I still don't totally have it. But I have run into this before with her tapes. It's like life, which is why I love it: you just have to keep trying-- you'll get it. Her tapes aren't just excellent workouts, they're also life lessons. Also like with her other tapes, you're stronger after just a couple of times through them, even if you can't do all the pushups or all the lunges. Each move has a purpose so you will notice results pretty early in the game. As with most of her tapes there are also premixes and a 21 minute bonus step routine. You get so much for your money with her tapes, they're always worth it and the quality never slumps. She's been at this for a couple of decades so that's saying a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I bought this DVD in order to use my stepper and it is certainly challenging. It's broken up into a warm-up and 4 step routines plus cool-down. It has a bonus cardio blast and premixes of the step routines, so you don't have to do the exact same routine every time you use it. I've had it for a couple of weeks now and I have to admit that I still don't have the step routines down 100%. I am pretty good with following choreography but this workout is more challenging than most because of its pace (quick) and all the different step moves it incorporates. Definitely a good addition to your library of home workouts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2012
I bought this DVD for my mom, who is an intermediate/advanced stepper. After surgery she was looking for a good low impact step workout without the fancy jumps or turns. I have enjoyed Cathe workouts in the past so I purchased this one after reading reviews. She opened it at Christmas and we did it together for the first time. I was actually surprised at how much of a workout it still was despite being low impact. I will admit that I prefer my step to have more jumps and fancy footwork, but this still got me sweating. There were a couple of weird moves though, like doing a burpee on the step in the middle of a routine, but other than that it's great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2014
Man, I used to love Cathe. But I'm over 50 now and though I don't look it I definitely feel it. My knee joints have virtually no cartilage remaining (I start Synvisc shots on Monday, wish me luck) but I CRAVE movement. Thing is, what Cathe calls "low impact" and what everyone else knows low impact is are two very different things. In LIC there IS jumping and there are burpees. Which brings me to why I logged on to write this review: Whatever is causing you to check out this dvd know this, she does burpees off both ends of the step and is up, over, and all around the club step, often stepping far away. Thus, If you even think that may have you running into walls or smacking the backs of chairs it probably will. THIS WORKOUT REQUIRES A LOT OF FLOOR SPACE! If you have the space and your joints are not yet in trouble and light plyo is not problematic I would wholeheartedly recommend this video. It hit everything and it would be a long time before you get bored! As for myself, I've returned to TheFirm. I'm waiting until after the Synvisc shots to do TheFirm Express system but the rest of their non-plyo stuff can be modified to suit anyone and I'm always dripping with sweat when done because nothings so complex I have to keep stopping to pause and rewind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2015
I really enjoyed this step routine. It is a little faster paced than some of her other workouts, but I think that's what I like about it. If you are new to step than don't do this one. It is for people who are familiar with step and the terminology used. It's like Cathe is doing the workout for people who are more advanced steppers. It's one that will take a few tries before you can do it perfectly. This is definitely low impact because there's limited jumping. Great for people who want high intensity without all the tough impact to their joints or knees. It's fun!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
Low impact here does not mean low impact on knees. Difficult to follow. Felt like I had joined a class that was in progress for years. Not beginner level at all.
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