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10/10/10 9:08 A

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Repostng:

Whenever I get a new Cathe workout I always start learning it on the floor.

I have an oriental rug that has the perfect 'space' for where the STEP will be eventually....once I get the foot work down. I can't imagine it would be a very pretty site to see Tea tripping over her step and falling into the TV for goodness sake......SO...I take it one 'step' at a time and the first step for me with any Cathe workout is THE FLOOR.

I understand there are some 'placebo' mats out there for purchase at around $35.00...or somesuch other rediculus price.....it would be just as easy to make a mat for yourself with a yoga sticky mat or some other such thing. I do find it easier to simply use the pattern in my rug for 'step limits'.....

Even without an actual DIVIDING area it is much easier to simply do the new moves on the floor and when you go to the step at least you have down the basic choreography and won't do serious damage to yourself or your workout room.
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12/11/09 7:28 A

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Thinking (and fearing) Shock Cardio coming out, I re-visited this thread - good stuff! I have conquered the Basic Step, but otherwise, I'm still floundering. It's nice to see that others had to work at it too, and it's not just me. I almost thought that the step dvd's coming out with the Shock Cardio might be a waste, but with the info here, I'll be doing the complicated steps with the rest of you!

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3/23/09 10:27 A

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This also works great when I have an injury or am just not as energetic on a particular morning.


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Edited by: SMILES4383 at: 4/13/2010 (10:55)
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2/8/09 6:16 A

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Great advice. I didn't think about mixing DVDs or replaying chapters. I'll work on learning the steps so I can get value out of the DVDs I already purchased.

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2/8/09 5:51 A

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Something I found, based on advice from people here - it's helpful to learn the trickier dvds in parts. I went from Basic to IMAX2 that way!

What's nice about IMAX2 and many of the others is the way they are chaptered. I started by choosing a chapter and tacking it on to the end of another workout. So, for instance, GymStyle upper body and then chapter 1 for IMAX2. I'd play the chapter over a few times until I more or less could do the moves, then stop. When I learned a chapter enough to get through it without slipping off too much, I'd go on to the next.

What I liked about this is that it let me have my intense cardio days, and still learn a harder dvd. It took about a month to get through IMAX2's ten chapters that way.

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2/6/09 11:00 P

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Cool! I did not know about that. Will do.

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I watched the full length clips on her site over and over again to learn the steps! Almost every DVD she has, she has a 8-10 minute clips that shows you each routine done on that particular DVD. Watch them a few times and reply all the complicated steps!

Literally I went right from basic Step to Imax 3! It was difficult to keep up intensity-wise, but I did really well with the choreography!

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2/6/09 10:02 P

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Thanks for the suggestion Terri.

I have only done the Basic for a couple of weeks and my calorie burn in down by 200 calories, already. It was a great start but I want to progress. Unfortunately with the DVDs I have currently, I trip up more than anything else to move on to the other DVDs.



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2/6/09 9:50 A

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www.shopcathe.com/Low_Impact_Step_To
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l_Body_Sculpting_DVD_p/699.htm


This one is pretty basic...and still fun after you've learned it....

While "Basic Step" is very instructional, once you learn it...it's almost too easy to do very often after the first 3-4 times.

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2/5/09 10:49 P

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That's a great idea. I will try out routines on the floor.

I tried to find instructions online but they were confusing.

I have Body Max 2. I was wondering if there is an in-between DVD I could get to learn the routines. But I guess not???

I know with Cardio Fusion, I should have also gotten Drill Max, and Low Impact Circuit to help me.

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1/1/09 8:01 P

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Thank you for directing me to this link. So basically I am on the right track with the Cathe videos. I am sticking with the Muscle Max for this month but do the workout on the 'floor'. This will help me learn the steps and get firmliar with the workout moves.

THIS IS GREAT.... I never thought of using the videos that way. It is like Step class... we do the same routines so we learn 'where we are going' while getting a great workout.

THANK YOU..... :-)

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4/2/08 2:10 P

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You make me blush. emoticon

There is a lot to be said for a lifetime of exercise and eating well. I've been vegetarian for 27+ years, and although I have smoked in the past - eating well and exercise can really help 'cure' the ills of bad habits.

I'm still overweight by 23#, but, Cathe helps me get better and better every day.

Modify whatever you need to do to get yourselves in the best fitness shape you can.....

Working out with Cathe on the Floor is also great for those times when you just don't have the energy to 'step it up'. :o)

(don't forget to check out the other great threads and challenges on this team. Everyone is contributing and that is a good thing)

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I will do whatever it takes to receive OPTIMAL HEALTH.
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Keep your eyes on the PRIZE @@
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Yes I have to agree! You look fabulous for your age! That to me is another good reason to start a healthy regimen now; so I can look as young as I feel later down the road.

I look at my mom (46) and my Grandma (66ish) and they could look so much better. They both smoke, we're Sun Goddesses back in the day, and don't exercise (also rarely eat healthy).

It really aged them. Then add on the stress of daily life. I've promised myself that I'll start caring for my body now, so it'll take care of me later!

**great job on being healthy and fit! You're a great example and more people should follow in your steps!

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4/2/08 12:52 P

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52?! Lady, I had you pegged as being waayyy younger; not even near my age (43). If there's ever a testimony to the power of exercise, you're it!

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3/29/08 4:38 P

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Mrs. P. - ‘floor’ work is just one way to modify Cathe to suit your needs. I find it especially nice when I have an injury or just don’t have the energy to even get out the step - let alone get UP on it. : O)

Sox - I have the CLUB step by Reebok. I do love it….and occasionally I only use the top without the risers. (I do get to adjust for age … 52 gives me privilege. :o)

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I don’t want to live my life as an unhealthy person.
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Keep your eyes on the PRIZE @@
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Hi Ya'll,

Smiles--that is a great idea! Instead of cutting up a yoga mat... why not get an inexpensive door mat {or two depending on how long & wide they are} or use your own door mat if its the correct size. they are more readier available & cheaper & recyclable :)

Btw, a standard step size is: 14 inches x 40 inches.

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3/28/08 10:39 A

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That's actually a very good idea!

I've been wanting to try her workouts, but at the same time feel as though I've gotten in some exercise instead of just standing and watching.

I've previewed the DVDs I own on her site, so slowly I am picking up the names and motions of the new steps I'm not familiar with. I really do think combining this with the floor will help to set my Cathe Workouts in motion (without a broken ankle and TV).

Thanks for the advice!

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3/28/08 10:21 A

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Whenever I get a new Cathe workout I always start learning it on the floor.

I have an oriental rug that has the perfect 'space' for where the STEP will be eventually....once I get the foot work down. I can't imagine it would be a very pretty site to see Tea tripping over her step and falling into the TV for goodness sake......SO...I take it one 'step' at a time and the first step for me with any Cathe workout is THE FLOOR.

I understand there are some 'placebo' mats out there for purchase at around $35.00...or somesuch other rediculus price.....it would be just as easy to make a mat for yourself with a yoga sticky mat or some other such thing. I do find it easier to simply use the pattern in my rug for 'step limits'.....

Even without an actual DIVIDING area it is much easier to simply do the new moves on the floor and when you go to the step at least you have down the basic choreography and won't do serious damage to yourself or your workout room.
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((¸¸.•´ ..•´ -:¦:- Terri
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I don’t want to live my life as an unhealthy person.
I will do whatever it takes to receive OPTIMAL HEALTH.
...............
I can have anything I want --- I just don't want that.
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Keep your eyes on the PRIZE @@
~3T~
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My Recipes
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