To the Max Gets My Highest Rating—Find Out Why
To the Max is an A+ routine.
I don’t give that rating out very often but this workout deserves it.
The main program on To the Max is very intense.
If you haven’t worked out since 1980 then you’ll struggle with this workout the first few times you do it. But this is one of those routines that’ll make you feel like a superstar every time you finish it. It’s that good.
There are 5 main sections to this workout–step, tabata, HiiT (high intensity interval training), compound legs, and core with upper body. I burn over 400 calories in less than an hour.
Here’s a peek at To the Max:
To the Max requires a few tools to do the routine exactly like Cathe but you can crush this workout without every single accessory.
Let me explain everything you need to know…
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*There are a ton of compound exercises using weights so you’ll get some sculpting, too.
Equipment-Exercise Step with 3 risers (per side); 5, 8, & 10 lb. dumbbells, loop, mat
*Cathe also uses 3 lb. dumbbells (I don’t have any so I don’t use them.)
TIP-Use my links to find the dumbbells I suggest you purchase. OR read this article, A Woman’s Guide to Buying Dumbbells, for more help.
My rating– A+
My favorite premix* routine on To the Max is called To the Max Extreme
*A premix is an additional workout that Cathe Friedrich puts on almost all of her workout videos. You can find them under ‘Premixes’ in the DVD menu.
The Important Stuff about To the Max
Check out one of the premixes (To the Max Extreme) that’s also on this video.
A few sections in the main workout of To The Max use a countdown clock. Love those!
I give this routine (the main workout on To the Max) an A+. It’s got a little bit of everything. (I gave the Extreme premix on this video an A but it uses slightly more equipment, which can be a drawback).
If you love Cathe Friedrich routines then remember you can get access to ALL of them (and her LIVE workouts) with a membership to Cathe on Demand. Read this post for answers to all your questions about Cathe on Demand.
Remember to read to the end for important tips on every section as well as links to a few places you can compare prices for this workout 🙂
The warm-up will get your muscles ready for the workout. There’s no stretching in this section and you won’t need any equipment.
Main Workout (The Exercises in To the Max)
You’ll need an exercise step with 2 risers for the step section
The choreography is slightly more than Simple but you repeat every move a bunch of times so you won’t have any trouble with it. This segment it tough and gives you a good taste of how challenging this video is.
This is the only section that has any sort of classic step aerobics moves. The rest of To the Max uses the step as more of a tool to do intervals.
You’ll need a step and 2 risers, and 3 or 5 lb. dumbbells for this part
I use 5’s (I’ve never tried this with 3’s because I don’t have any).
You do four moves and then repeat them all one time. There’s a 10 second break between each exercise.
The straddle fast-feet taps on this height/width aren’t easy. Keep an eye on your step. If your legs feel sluggish already do this behind the step so you don’t hurt yourself.
This section uses a countdown clock. Keep an eye on it. You can do anything for 20 seconds, right?
30/20 Hiit (High Intensity Interval Training)
You’ll need a step with 3 risers
I just bought a third set of risers about a year ago. I’d been doing this video with two risers forever until then. You’ll also need a loop (Cathe calls it a Firewalker Loop). If all you have is a band then you can tie it around your ankles and it’ll do the job.
This time you do two exercises and then repeat them. There’s another countdown clock! You do everything for 30 seconds and you get a 20 second break in between. You got this. Don’t give up. We’re all tired.
When you do the jumps onto the step you must commit. The step is really high. Imagine you’re jumping up on the dining room table so you don’t screw these up and hurt yourself. Keep your core tight.
You still need your step with 3 risers and a pair of 8 lb. dumbbells
This is where it counts people. The best way to push through this section is to conquer each rep one at a time. Form is so important. Stay strong. If you’re too tired to do the reps then grab lighter weights or do less reps in each set.
Core with Upper Body
Cathe tells you to grab 3, 5, and 10 lb. dumbbells. (I grab 5, 8, and 10’s)
Sometimes my shoulders are so burned by this point that I don’t use the 10’s for any of these exercises. Plus, you haven’t used your 10’s for anything up until now so you may just want to mess with the weights you already have out.
You might forget about your abs because your shoulders will be burning so bad
To the Max has a great stretch segment. Cathe uses a pair of discs for some of the stretches. You don’t need them.
To the Max gets an A+ for a reason. It’s fun and thorough. You’re getting strong and building up cardiovascular endurance at the same time. Buy this one if you want a challenge.
You can find To the Max in several places:
- Cathe’s site
- Collage Video
- And remember you can always sign up for Cathe’s On Demand service and get all her videos and live workouts!
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