Cathe’s Body Max 2

Holy cow! What a workout! Body Max 2 is 97 minutes of EVERYTHING. This workout is no joke! Cardio, HIITs, total body strength work and intense abdominal work. Cathe has created a monster cardio + strength workout. I am in awe. Obviously, at 97 minutes, I will not be able to do the full workout frequently, but this workout is so comprehensive that the premixes stand on their own. In fact, I’m pretty excited about some of them.

I’ve mentioned this a few times recently, so I don’t want to run it into the ground, but it is particularly apt in relation to this workout. When I first started doing Cathe workouts, I hated her complex step choreography and avoided workouts that included it. She does have workouts with intense/athletic/basic step choreography and I have always loved those–it was the complex stuff I hated. The original Body Max included the complex choreography and I gave it a mostly negative review because I hated the step part–which makes up a great deal of both Body Max workouts. Well, my tastes have changed since then and I actually enjoy Cathe’s complex step choreography now. So I plan to do the original Body Max again soon and revise my review, since I am sure my opinion of the workout has changed.

Lets get down to the business of reviewing Body Max 2.

Equipment needed: 8 inch step, stability ball, barbell, dumbbells and a mat.

Breakdown: 97 minutes; 9:30 warm up, 24:30 step cardio, 27 minutes lower body circuits, 20:30 minutes upper body strength training, 9 minutes abdominal work and 6 minute stretch. In addition there is a 6 minute cardio bonus which I did not do. It is inserted into the premixes. When I review, I generally do everything, including the bonuses; but after 97 minutes of this killer workout, I was done. Wiped out. I trust the bonus cardio is as good as the rest of the workout. I plan to make good use of the premixes anyway.

You start with an extended warm up on the step. The choreography was low key and pretty basic for Cathe. Then you move into the step cardio which is made up of three combos. I really enjoyed the combos and found the choreography pretty easy to catch onto quickly. That’s partially because I am now becoming familiar with Cathe choreography and also because I think that even though the choreography is moderately complex, it’s not as complex as some of her others. After doing CTX, I know she can get pretty complicated sometimes.

Next is the lower body power circuits, which I now love. I hated them the first time I did Body Max, but when they showed up in CTX last week, I adored them. And in Body Max 2–LOVE THEM! So I think when I do Body Max again, my opinion on the power circuits will change. Body Max 2 has 4 lower body power circuits. Each circuit is made up of a fairly basic step combo that is repeated 6 times, followed by a high intensity blast (or HIIT) and ending with a lower body strength move.  The blasts/HIITs are all high impact and are done both on and off the step. The first lower body strength move is a combo move with dumbbells: front static pulsing lunge to the count of 8, then into a pulsing squat with one foot on the step to the count of 8, then a pulsing static reverse lunge to the count of 8. The second lower body exercise is barbell squats; the third is plie squats with the barbell; the fourth and final lower body exercise is static lunges with dumbbells.

You do some lower body stretches, then put the step away and pull out your mat, stability ball and dumbbells for upper body work. Cathe uses 5 and 15 pound dumbbells. I used a much more varied selection of dumbbells.

Double arm rows on stability ball
Pull overs on stability ball
Rear flys on stability ball
Decline push ups with shins on stability ball
Wide push ups on mat
Chest flys on stability ball
Overhead press on stability ball
Shoulder circles on stability ball
Lateral raises on stability ball
Hammer curls on stability ball
Incline curls on stability ball
Concentration curls on stability ball
Single leg tricep dips–you use dumbbells to elevate body
French press on stability ball
Tricep kickbacks

The abdominal section is long but it is an excellent one. She hits the abs very hard and uses lots of varied moves. The first exercise combo she calls “rocket shoots and thrusts.” With rocket shoots, you thrust  your legs straight up in the air, keeping your hips off the mat, even when you are in the lower part of the move, then you roll up and thrust your legs in front of you (the second move is the plain “thrust”). You do three long sets of this combo. OUCH! Then there is a side plank series. Some crunch variations and some oblique moves. Overall, intense and excellent abdominal series.

The workout ends with a well deserved stretch.

At 97 minutes, this is an exhausting workout. I would have a problem fitting in a workout of this length on a regular day (since I get up M-F at 4:30am to workout–I have no plans of getting up any earlier)–so doing the full workout will be reserved for days off (like today) and weekends (which are also days off). However, for a regular weekday, Cathe has, of course, including her amazing premixes. These premixes deserve a little more explanation than what I typically give to premixes, so here goes.

Double Upper Body 72 minutes. This is strength only and is just as it sounds. The upper body exercises all done twice. This premix ends with the abdominal work.

Cardio & weights 70:30 minutes
Warm up
Step combo #1
Back work
Chest work
Step combo #2
Bicep work
Tricep work
Step combo # 3
Shoulder work
Abdominal section
Stretch

Bootcamp 78 minutes
Warm up
Power circuit segment #1
Back work
Abs- rockets shoots/thrusts
Power circuit #2
Chest work
Abs- reverse crunch
Power circuit #3
Shoulders
Abs- oblique crunch
Power circuit #4
Bicep work
Abs- side plank to balancing snow angels
Bonus cardio
Tricep work
Abs- crunches
Stretch

Cardio Blast 62 minutes (the power circuits do not contain the lower body strength exercises)
Warm up
Step routine
Bonus cardio
Power circuit #1- step & blast
Power circuit #2- step & blast
Power circuit #3- step & blast
Power circuit #4- step & blast
Stretch

Scrambled Eggs 80 minutes
Warm up
Step combo #1
Power circuit #1
Step combo #2
Power circuit #2
Step combo #3
Power circuit #3
Bonus cardio
Repeat bonus cardio
Power circuit #4
Stretch

Timesaver Cardio 43 minutes (the power circuits do not contain the lower body strength exercises)
Warm up
Bonus cardio
Repeat bonus cardio
Power circuit #1 – step & blast
Power circuit #2 – step & blast
Power circuit #3 – step & blast
Power circuit #4 – step & blast
Stretch

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