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New Member, Female, 43, from Tennessee
- OneStrongSouthernGirl was last seen:
- Jan 9, 2017
- Apr 22, 1973 (Age: 43)
- Physician Assistant and fitness blogger
- When I began doing Cathe Workouts:
- around 2006
- How I found out about Cathe Workouts:
- I discovered Cathe Friedrich workouts about 10 years ago and have been a loyal fan ever since.
- Why I love doing Cathe Workouts:
- I love being challenged! Cathe Friedrich knows how to challenge anyone. Her routines are safe and will make you a total badass.
- Where I work out most often:
- Other Workout DVDs that I own:
- Every Beachbody workout (I subscribe to Beachbody on Demand) including Insanity Max:30, Piyo, Body Beast, Core de Force, and all of the P90X vids.; Jillian Michaels, and every Firm video made (although I don't do them anymore).
I started working out at home with Denise Austin and Gilad (Bodies in Motion) when I was in high school. I just knew if I did those routines enough I’d eventually look like one of Gilad’s Hawaiian beauties in their high-cut leotards.
- My Fitness Goals:
- Stay in shape, avoid a fitness plateau, have fun, and feel good.
Later I discovered Buns of Steel and became slightly obsessed with doing Every. Single. Rep. in that video. (I don't think I ever actually pulled that off. My hips would always lock up mid-set. Now I wonder if it's really possible to do every rep in that video or if it was filmed to allow the people off-screen to rest their outer thighs during each set).
Fast forward to a few years later and you’d have found me in a gym. I actually loved the gym but hated the routine of packing a bag, waiting for a cardio machine, and having an audience when I was lifting weights. I also hated taking the time out of my day to do the commute (I’ll do anything to avoid being in traffic).
When I became a mom I realized that my son’s naptime was the best hour for me to workout. I resumed working out at home and purchased my first few videos and an aerobics step. (It was during this time that I discovered Reebok Step with Gin Miller and became hooked on step aerobics).
Eventually, one child became two, my husband and I divorced, and I started PA school. During that period I was completely committed to at-home fitness. The time I had to devote to exercise during the day was very limited between studying and being a single parent of 2 kids. I could exercise at home while my boys played in the next room.
I finished my Master’s degree, started working as a PA, and remarried. Civic duty called around this time and I became deeply involved in my local YMCA. I obtained my certification as a personal trainer and started spending time in a gym again (working part-time as a PA and part-time as a personal trainer). The things I learned from the people at the Y made an enormous impact on my life in general and specifically on what I learned about the kind of information people are looking for to help them achieve their fitness goals.
Fast forward again a few years and 2 more kids (yes, that’s 4 if you’re counting) and my workouts at the gym slowly became obsolete. Being a mom was my primary task and I went back to exercising at home. Around this time I purchased The Firm videos and starting adding weight training to my at-home fitness routine. I bought a high step, ankle weights, and dumbbells. It was also at this time that I started writing down the details of each exercise video and taping it to the front of the VHS sleeve (if you've never heard of a VHS tape then I hate you right now).
Around 2006 I discovered Cathe Friedrich. I added more dumbbells and a nicer aerobics step to my exercise tools and purchased a bunch of her fitness videos.
Now we’re up to the most recent period of my life. Like most people my life has had a lot of tragedy as well as triumph. In 2008 my husband passed away and I found myself a single mom of 4 kids. I moved back to the area where I was born and pushed on. I remarried (my high school sweetheart) in 2010 and added a 5th awesome child to the family (my beautiful step-daughter).
For as long as I can remember exercise has been the way I deal with stress. I process a bad day by doing a really tough workout and finding something to laugh about. It’s what works for me. During my husband’s illness (cancer) and after his death I found myself exercising (even) more religiously and realized that it was therapeutic (and had been that way my entire life).
I can’t remember a time when people that know me haven’t asked me about my exercise routine. Over the years I’ve shared my advice and tips to encourage as many women (and men) that I can to keep exercising and finding the programs that keep them excited about fitness.