Cathe Friedrich is a no brainer
I try a lot of workout programs out. I’m always drawn to the pictures and PDFs of chiseled abs and strong frames. Slap ‘bikini body’ or ‘competition ready’ and I’m sure to hand you my credit card. Instead of doing one post and listing out the programs, I decided I’d give my favorite trainers and programs a post of their own.
It was a no brainer to start with Cathe Friedrich. She is hands down my absolute favorite fitness personality out there. She’s not your ‘bombshell’ bikini competitor with fitspo images splattered across the web. She is a veteran of the fitness world, knows her stuff and is constantly adding cutting edge/research backed exercises to her programs. Longevity and a cult-like following prove how great her programs are. She’s effective, she’s innovative and she knows her stuff.
I grew up watching my mom workout to Cathe and if you’ve seen my mom, she’s ripped. After college when I decided the freshman 15 (that stayed with me all 4 years) needed to finally come off, I spent the summer working out to Cathe’s programs.
The final thing I’ll say about Cathe Friedrichh workouts is that it is perfect for hotel room workouts, hotel gym room workouts and really, any workout that is done on the road. There are a ton of workouts that use a variety of equipment. So I would suggest researching a bit of what the hotel gym will offer and plan around that. Dumbbells only? She has a program or modifiers with that. Bodyweight only? No problem, she has a done of programs with high and low impact bodyweight exercises.
If you’re looking to switch things up, lose fat, tone up and have constant variety I 100% endorse Cathe Friedrich.
Cathe Friedrich’s online home has a few ways for you to workout with her. Here is what you’ll find:
1 – Cathe Downloads – You can (as the name suggests) download her programs directly to your computer, phone or tablet. Load them into iTunes so you can take her with you on the road.
Good for: Someone who wants to try out her workouts before committing to her subscription plan.
Deals: I love a good deal/promo code/discount. There are “daily deals” on the site every day that apply to both the downloads and the DVD purchases.
2 – OnDemand – This is my favorite option. Cathe hosts ALL of her DVDs and workout programs on her OnDemand video library. It’s the Smithsonian of workout programs. You’ve got everything from throwback 80s cardio to the newest programs. She puts out a new program at least once a year.
Good for: Someone who likes a ton of variety. Her library has spin class videos to take with you, strength training and conditioning, cardio, kickboxing, bootcamps, (insert any other workout you can think of)! You also get ongoing access to new programs as she adds them.
The details: You can subscribe to her online video library for $19.95 a month. I’d keep an eye out for specials too. Every so often she’ll run a daily deal on a prepaid year subscription at 10%-15% off. There is also a Workout Manager feature that lets you pick and choose from various segments of different videos. I know, my head exploded too when I saw it. I think it needs its own post at some point.
3 – CatheLive – similar to the OnDemand library but this subscription provides you access to her live workouts only. Cathe teaches a class at her local gym and films the classes. I wish I lived near her, I’d be a Cathe groupie all day long. You can follow along live or watch the replay later in the day.
Good for: Someone who doesn’t want to spend the $19.95 a month. It is $9.97. It is also good if you need accountability. It’s like going to the gym and following along with a great instructor but you’re in your home/hotel gym and don’t have to look for parking.
It doesn’t work if you want complete control of what workouts you do and when. But, she pulls in moves and techniques from her formal programs and will often times name them after programs she has released. So you know what ‘type’ of class you are joining.
Cathe loves barbells, steps and dumbbells but she also incorporates bodyweight, bands, chairs, towers and balls. Like I mentioned above the best way to make the most of the workouts is to plan ahead. Many hotel gyms do not have barbells but you can substitute with dumbbells. If there are no steps then she easily adds in modifiers for that. I would review the workout quickly ahead of time to plan for those modifications.
Here are some other links to her social media pages:
Would love to hear if you’ve tried Cathe Friedrich’s programs and which are your favorite. Any other programs I should check out for both my normal gym and hotel workouts?