Body Max 2: An Intense Cardio Workout You Can Do at Home
This is a Detailed Review of the Body Max 2 Premix called Scrambled Eggs (which you’ll find on the Body Max 2 video)
Body Max 2 is HARD!
If this is your first taste of Cathe Friedrich then you might need a medic before the workout is over.
But hey, aren’t we all looking for a challenging routine that will make us feel like a superstar every time we do it?
Scrambled Eggs is the name of one of the premix workouts on Body Max 2. (A premix is an EXTRA workout. There are 6 premix workouts on Body Max 2.) If you read this post you’ll get a good idea of what you’ll see in the main routine as well.
Here’s a preview of Body Max 2:
Let me tell you what you’re going to see in Body Max 2 Scrambled Eggs…
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Category-Cardio & Strength
Equipment-Aerobic Step with 2 risers* (per side), 5 lb dumbbells and a 35 lb barbell (sometimes I use two 15 lb dumbbells instead of a barbell)
My Rating- A
The Important Stuff About Body Max 2 (Scrambled Eggs)
Body Max 2 Scrambled Eggs is hard as hell. All the workouts on this video are tough but I think this premix is the hardest one. I wouldn’t recommend that you do this workout on your lunch break if you’re planning to go back to the office.
You DO NOT have to be familiar with the main workout on this exercise video to do this premix. You can dive right in. (Some of the other premixes are really hard to follow if you’ve never learned the steps in the main workout.)
Cathe says ‘Get ready for a 90 minute workout’ right at the beginning. Don’t worry, this program is 80 minutes.
It wouldn’t hurt to make sure you have some extra space for this workout. I normally recommend that you have space equivalent to a 5×8 rug to do most exercise videos. It would help to have a few more feet than that for this routine. At the very least make sure the perimeter of your rug is free of anything you could back-lunge, turn, or kick in to.
Be prepared for some cool 80’s music
I’m rating the choreography in this program at the Experienced level. You may get tripped up on one or two combos the 1st or 2nd time you do the workout but by the 4th time you’ll feel like a Flashdance queen.
Read to the end for links to 4 different places you can compare prices for Body Max 2 as well as tips on every section in this workout.
The warm-up is a low-impact step routine with a stretch. This is a long video. Even the warm-up is long. Just settle in and keep going.
The Main Exercises in Body Max 2 (Scrambled Eggs Routine)
The first step segment is a traditional step routine.
Cathe does a great job of slowly building up the moves until you’ve connected them all. If you’ve done step aerobics before you’ll really enjoy these step segments. They’re fun.
There’s a cardio blast after each step segment. They’re all hard. Just do it and don’t complain.
After each cardio section there’s a lower body portion using weights.
The first strength move is a lunge using the step. Cathe uses 5 lb dumbbells. I wouldn’t recommend more weight than that. There are a lot of reps.
The whole video is worth buying just to hear Rick Springfield in this step section. If he doesn’t pump you up you’re not human.
Cathe jumps right into the choreography of these cardio blast sections so you need to pay attention. But the moves aren’t hard and there’s enough repetition that you’ll get it.
The next lower body weight section is a squat. Cathe uses a 35 lb barbell but I use my 15 lb. DB’s held at my sides.
If you use free weights you can also put them on your shoulders for squats. The low-end pulse of 15 reps is killer. Cathe is a monster. You’ll be cussing at this point.
The power-skates hurt my brain. I usually miss the first few reps because I’m a beat off. You’ll get it. Be patient. They’re fun once you get it down.
Did I mention this workout is hard?
She uses her barbell again and I use my 15’s. She does plié squats in the same pattern you just did with the regular squats. My legs are always rubber by now. If you can do all these reps you’re amazing and should immediately apply to be on the next Beachbody workout video.
Guess What? Remember all those step segments you learned? Well they all fit together like a puzzle. You get to do them TWICE.
But wait, you’re not done. This premix repeats this section again. Shut up. Just do it. You’re almost done, I promise. (At this point you may want to stab whoever invented 80’s music.) At least you’re getting a lot of practice at those power skates and that reverse-hop turn.
Now that you’re convinced the workout is over I have to give you some sad news. It’s not.
This is your last cardio blast! And it’s not quite as long as the others.
This is the last lower body strength segment, too. Static lunges with 5’s.
Now, as Cathe is cooling down she mentions some upper body moves ‘coming up’. Ignore that. It’s from the regular workout, not this premix.
She does some stretching now but don’t turn off the video because there’s an actual stretch segment at the end that you need to do.
Girls, I know you want to lie on the floor and think about cake at this point but I strongly encourage you to do the stretch. It’s important.
Congratulations!! You killed it! Look how many calories you burned. You. Are. Amazing.
- You can buy Body Max 2 on Amazon (the main video with all the premixes), Cathe’s website or over at Collage Video.
- And you can find Scrambled Eggs and every other Cathe Friedrich workout ever made (over 300!) with a membership to Cathe on Demand. (This is how I access Cathe Friedrich workouts these days.)
Find out more about Cathe on Demand in this post, Everything You Need to Know About Cathe Live and Cathe on Demand.
As always, thank you for reading!
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