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Old 01-16-20, 07:14 PM  
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A Cathe chronological rotation and reflecting on the past

A few weeks ago I got a wild hair and decided to embark on a Cathe rotation in chronological order of year produced. Until today (when I ordered a couple of her older DVDs with my preorder), my oldest workouts of hers were the Intensity Series. I don't have every single DVD Cathe has ever put out, but I have at least some from each series since then if not most, so I figured this would be a fun adventure to try.

I'm three weeks into my planned four weeks of rotating the Intensity Series (Pyramid Upper and Lower, Boot Camp/Muscle Endurance, Imax 2/Cardio and Weights, and The Terminator) before moving on. Two things....one, this has kicked my bum in a really nice way, and two, WOW, I wouldn't say I'm bored, but I'm absolutely craving variety already now and can't wait to move on to the Body Blast series just for a change! After only three weeks! And that got me thinking...

I remember my early days when I only had The Firm (on VHS), the originals, and not even all of them. I'd rotate volumes 2, 3, and 4, and I did that for YEARS before discovering other workouts. YEARS. I can't even fathom that now.

I will say there's something to be said for repeating workouts like this. It has given me a gauge to notice improvement, and I can really focus because I know what to expect by heart, which is great. And I wonder if I'd be feeling this antsy if I didn't have all these other great series to work my way through, like back in the day, when we didn't have all these choices!

I guess I'm just reflecting on the past and appreciating what I have now!

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Old 01-16-20, 08:22 PM  
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I never had anything but a few Tamilee workouts that I rotated...FOR YEARS.

AND as much as I love those workouts...I would definitely get bored if that's all I did. I am sure that having all these other workouts would keep me from only doing the same few.
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Old 01-16-20, 08:25 PM  
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There are days I wish I didn't have so much variety. I can't believe I'm saying that lol! But I remember rotating Jari Love and Christi Taylor workouts. That was pretty much all I had. How times have changed.
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Old 01-16-20, 08:35 PM  
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yes, I suffer from analysis paralysis. last year, I went through a period where I just made up my own workout w/o following along to a video.

I recall a time when my whole collection fit into a banker's box. I think I could emulate that now - just focus on a handful of workouts and put my blinders on instead of:

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Old 01-16-20, 08:40 PM  
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[QUOTE=kittybug;2855851]
I will say there's something to be said for repeating workouts like this. It has given me a gauge to notice improvement, and I can really focus because I know what to expect by heart, which is great. /QUOTE]

I wish I could make myself stick to repeating workouts for a month because I believe you're right. However, the longest I've been able to stick with it is 2 weeks. Short attention span I suppose.

Have fun! Let us know how it goes with the Body Blast series.
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Old 01-16-20, 09:05 PM  
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I will say there's something to be said for repeating workouts like this. It has given me a gauge to notice improvement, and I can really focus because I know what to expect by heart, which is great. And I wonder if I'd be feeling this antsy if I didn't have all these other great series to work my way through, like back in the day, when we didn't have all these choices!
So true! I started my vidiot career rotating between Firm Volumes 1 and 2, and I got such a boost when I had to buy a set of 12# dumbbells because the recommended 5,8 and 10-pounders were too easy. It was a real feeling of achievement to move up.

I love the variety we have now - step? floor? hiit? interval? high reps? low reps? circuits? - but miss the simplicity of knowing it was either Workout 1 or Workout 2. I did those two workouts so often, I could do them by heart today if you just played the audio track.
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Old 01-17-20, 02:21 AM  
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That is a great idea, Kittybug! I may try this with Cathe’s!
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Old 01-17-20, 05:53 AM  
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That is a great idea, Kittybug! I may try this with Cathe’s!
I did this 2 years ago. I think I owned 85 DVDs at that point . It was lots of fun!!! So many oldies but goodies. But I agree there is something with repeating workouts in a rotation to see your progress.
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Old 01-17-20, 08:25 AM  
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A few weeks ago I got a wild hair and decided to embark on a Cathe rotation in chronological order of year produced.

I will say there's something to be said for repeating workouts like this. It has given me a gauge to notice improvement, and I can really focus because I know what to expect by heart, which is great.
This is such a fun idea!

I prefer repeating workouts for this very reason. I like being able to notice my improvement with the workouts.

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yes, I suffer from analysis paralysis.

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squirrel! (distracted again)
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This is me! I have such a difficult time making decisions about which workouts to do with sooo many choices
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Old 01-17-20, 09:34 AM  
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Every year or two, I'll go through Cathe's STS. In fact, I have one more workout to go to complete my latest rotation. I love the longer rest periods and heavy weights of Mesocycle 3, and repeating the same exercises for 4 weeks.
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