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Definitely high intensity - it's great!
on December 7, 2011
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!