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Qualifications: ACE certified. Has been the Aerobics Director of Four Seasons Health Spa since 1990.
Personal History: Before there was Zumba, Tae Bo, Spinning or even Step Aerobics, fitness video pioneer Cathe Friedrich recognized the need to provide a simple, flexible, affordable and motivating way for Americans to exercise and stay fit. Nearly thirty years and over 200 DVDs later, thousands of people have credited Cathe Friedrich for helping them to transform their bodies and their lives with her videos and TV appearances.
Like going through life with a friend, Cathe’s followers have grown in their workouts as she has learned and expanded her video offerings, staying focused on Cathe’s three guiding principles: Professionalism, Passion, and Quality.
Cathe is often credited with being the first to bring advanced fitness videos to the home exerciser and helped shatter the theory that only celebrities could star in fitness videos. As a certified Group Fitness Instructor, Cathe has taught thousands of classes at her New Jersey health club and has helped to train many of today’s top instructors.
As a leading innovator in the home exercise video industry, in 1988 she founded Step N Motion Videos and in 1989, created one of the first ‘step’ aerobic videos. Cathe continues to produce fun, intense, and challenging workouts for all body types and fitness levels. Her award-winning workouts have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dallas News, Fox Business News, QVC and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Health and fitness writers have published articles about her in Shape, Oxygen, Self, Health, Fit, Consumer Digest and Fitness magazines.
While appearing on Fox Business News, Cathe told her story of how she got started. When she was 16, she took an aerobics class. Three weeks later, was asked to teach it and she was “hooked.” A few years later, Cathe was teaching a creative movement class at a fitness studio on the top floor of Carnegie Hall, where she used fourteen inch benches as part of her workout. At the same time, Step Reebok was launching what is now known as “Step Aerobics” to the world. Cathe incorporated step into her philosophy, creating her first video, “Step N Motion One,” which was also one of the first and most influential step aerobic videos of it’s time. Today, her fitness empire includes all types of workouts and is one of the largest privately owned fitness video libraries in the world.
Always on the cutting edge, Cathe recognized the power of the internet and was the first to sell fitness videos online nearly 17 years ago. Today, Cathe.com is one of the largest and most visited fitness websites and Cathe’s pioneering work in this area has inspired other instructors to market and promote their own fitness videos in a similar fashion. Today, she continues to be a trendsetter with her DVDs, XTrain, STS Fitness Program, digital downloads, iPhone apps and fitness tracking software.
Collage Video, a source for exercise videos since 1987, says this about Cathe on their web site: “Since the early 1990s, Cathe Friedrich’s videos have set the standard for ‘challenging workouts’. Cathe Friedrich’s workout video technique is excellent; her cuing style is very direct. These exercise videos will challenge even the elite athlete!” The Dallas Morning News wrote: “To say that Cathe Friedrich workout videos are tough is like saying Everest slopes upward.” Fit TV declared: ” Cathe is one the most popular trainers on our network. She is a power-intense cardio-buster, a punch and crunch trainer.”
Recently, Cathe has joined forces with sponsors such as Eggland’s Best to bring her workouts and her message of healthy living directly to her fans, known as “Cathletes.” Part of this effort is done through national road trips which give Cathe a unique opportunity to meet many of her loyal followers in person (something Cathe really loves to do.) She also keeps in touch with her fans by embracing new technology, frequently updating her web page, blogging, Tweeting, posting on Facebook and continually answering questions in her forums.
Since 1986, Cathe has been certified through the American Council on Exercise. Additional specialty fitness certifications include: Indoor Cycling, Body Pump, Kickboxing, Boxing, Prenatal Fitness, Resist-A-Ball, Yoga Fit, and more.
Cathe was just recently inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame. She is the mother of two boys: Eric, age fourteen, and Kyle, age twelve.
Workout Philosophy: There is no magic pill. You have to DO the work. Establish your goals, design your plan, and stick to it! Workout reminders: be consistent, work hard, stay focused, and always keep your workouts stimulating, effective, and challenging.
Success Story: This is certainly one of my favorites. "My weight hit its all-time high of 375 pounds, but losing weight seemed impossible! So, as always, I continued to ignore the problem and figured, 'well, you have to die from something!' So, I did nothing. Then, my life took an unexpected turn and I lost my job of 8 years; it was the lowest point in my life. No job, obese, and dying from it; I felt like I'd hit rock bottom. While flipping through the channels one morning, I saw a Denise Austin workout and I watched it for a few minutes. Something that day made me say, 'I'll do it; I'll start losing this weight.' I could only last about 10 minutes that first day. But, by the end of the second week, I could do the full 30-minute show. I then found Cathe's videos and, at 350 pounds, began strength training and cardio. The weight began to melt off. Health problems I'd had for years, such as swollen ankles and bronchitis, were gone. I looked and felt better than I'd ever looked in my entire life and my body continued to take shape and shed fat. I did have to modify all of Cathe's cardio in order to complete it. But, even with modifications, I was consistently shedding pounds and inches each week. My journey is not over; I'm still traveling. But, with Cathe's workouts, I know I'll reach my goals of attaining a healthy weight, being fit, and healthy for the rest of my life."
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Cathe Friedrich's Ripped with HiiT: Low Impact HiiT$ 22.97Get ready to ignite your metabolism with two low impact HiiT routines that explode with high energy! Your feet may stay grounded, but your heart rate certainly wont! Low Impact...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's Ripped with HiiT: Lift It HiiT It Legs$ 22.97This intense lower body workout is based on a technique called contrast training. This method kick starts muscle growth by shocking your muscles into recruiting additional high threshold muscle fibers,...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's Ripped with HiiT: Plyo HiiT$ 22.97Are you ready for take off?! Plyo HiiT includes two supercharged workouts that are sure to keep fat burning for hours after your workout has ended. In Plyo HiiT One,...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's Ripped with HiiT: HiiT Circuit Upper Body$ 22.97Get ready to break a sweat! This thigh intensity circuit workout mixes traditional weighted upper body exercises along with popular HiiT training methods, compound exercises and plyometrics to develop power...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's Ripped with HiiT: HiiT Circuit Lower Body$ 22.97Who says that HiiT workouts can't be fun?! This high intensity, lower body workout is super-charged with cardio and strength to build lean, strong legs without forgetting the fun factor....» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's ICE: Extreme Bundle $ 99.97
Cathe Friedrich's ICE: Extreme Bundle$ 99.97No returns accepted for this item What is the ICE series? ICE, which stands for Intermediate Conditioning Extreme, is my new comprehensive intermediate series that will provide everything you've asked...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's ICE: Rock'm Sock'm Kickbox$ 22.97This workout packs a punch! Cardio-based punching and kicking drills along with fun new kickbox blasts are sure to keep you sweating throughout this supercharged workout! This DVD includes Muscle...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's ICE: Boot Camp Circuit$ 22.97As I've always said, "You can do anything for a minute?" This bootcamp circuit workout proves it once again. Arranged in 60 second intervals, each interval will have a mix...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's ICE: Low Impact Sweat$ 22.97Who says we can not carry low to new heights? This DVD will be split into two short but intense total low impact workouts that will keep your metabolism revved...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's ICE: Legs & Glutes$ 22.97Get down and get ready for an all floor-based workout that is sure to carve out the legs and glutes like no other. All of the exercises in this DVD...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's ICE: Metabolic Total Body$ 22.97No time for single body parts this week? This metabolic training workout will touch all muscle groups while also getting cardio benefits through elevated heart rate and compound movement. This...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's ICE: Chiseled Upper Body$ 22.99It is time to carve out the upper body you have always dreamed of! This upper body strength DVD will include a mix of traditional and unique exercises for those...» View full product details
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Cathe Friedrich's ICE: Chiseled Lower Body Blast$ 22.97This lower body and cardio workout will utilize strength exercises and blasts to chisel the entire lower body! This DVD includes Muscle Meltdown Shoulders (the same shoulder workout as To...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's Rhythmic Step + Interval Max & Maximum Intensity Cardio
$ 22.99$ 19.99
Cathe Friedrich's Rhythmic Step + Interval Max & Maximum Intensity Cardio$ 19.99
$ 22.99Rhythmic Step - This refreshingly advanced, all-step workout, is loaded with interesting and unique choreography that will keep you motivated from start to finish. You'll begin the workout with a...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - Step
$ 19.99$ 16.99
Cathe Friedrich's Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - Step$ 16.99
$ 19.99Your favorite exercises — and favorite music — from five of Cathe's 2002-2009 videos. You'll be blasting fat to a non-stop mix of Cathe's signature moves, from pendulums and ricochets...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's Great Glutes
$ 22.99$ 12.99
Cathe Friedrich's Great Glutes$ 12.99
$ 22.99A fast-changing series of innovative exercises that work your glutes from every possible angle and position. A firm, tight butt is practically guaranteed ... if you can keep up! The...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's Lean Legs and Abs
$ 22.99$ 17.99
Cathe Friedrich's Lean Legs and Abs$ 17.99
$ 22.99An effective mix of proven classics and creative variations (plus some great stretch sequences ... just when you need them). The first segment features fast-paced, multi-muscle combinations — working your...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's X10
$ 22.99$ 16.99
Cathe Friedrich's X10$ 16.99
$ 22.99Five short-but-tough programs that each feature a different fitness technique. Now it's easy to get a challenging workout on even your busiest days. The first three programs have a similar...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's Flextrain
$ 22.99$ 18.99
Cathe Friedrich's Flextrain$ 18.99
$ 22.99A true total-body toner. These high-rep exercises target every body part with varied moves and diverse equipment. Each segment features a different sculpting sequence. They range from gym-style classics to...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's Pedal Power
$ 22.99$ 16.99
Cathe Friedrich's Pedal Power$ 16.99
$ 22.99A straight-forward stationary bike workout led by a very motivating instructor. As Cathe says, "get ready for hills, thrills, jumps and sprints." Each of the 13 segments is energized by...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's Rockout Knockout
$ 22.99$ 17.99
Cathe Friedrich's Rockout Knockout$ 17.99
$ 22.99Well-structured progressions of linked kickboxing combinations. In addition to burning fat and building stamina; you'll also improve balance and agility. The first segment mixes high-powered jabs with traveling kicks and...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's Party Rockin' Step Vol. 2
$ 22.99$ 16.99
Cathe Friedrich's Party Rockin' Step Vol. 2$ 16.99
$ 22.99Six non-stop combinations smoothly linked into a pop-music-driven party. You'll be blasting fat with a dynamic mix of step classics and Cathe-tweaked variations. Sure, there are lots of repeaters, travel...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's Party Rockin' Step Vol. 1
$ 22.99$ 17.99
Cathe Friedrich's Party Rockin' Step Vol. 1$ 17.99
$ 22.99A non-stop fat-burner with an endless variety of interesting choreography (probably Cathe's "danciest" step workout ever). With fun moves and club-style music, it seems like a real party. You get...» View full product details
...QUICK VIEW Cathe Friedrich's XTrain: Ride
$ 22.99$ 19.99
Cathe Friedrich's XTrain: Ride$ 19.99
$ 22.99A straight-forward interval cycling program that's energized by Cathe's supportive attitude and sincere encouragement (she really does make you feel strong, powerful and invigorated). The workout has eleven distinct segments,...» View full product details