HI! I post very little and lurk here, but I had to chime in. I love Cathe and have for many years. However, I was getting really burnt out. I even took 7 weeks off! I just couldn't find the motivation....too weird after 20 years. And I have almost all of her workouts...love her. As I got more advanced these years, each day would be a fight to advance more, push more, lift more which is the point right? But my brain was saying no to that and I have never experienced that little voice saying 'I don't want to push that hard today..'. I just hit a brick wall. And I was a good 'rester', taking a week off each 3 months. Hmmm...
I always enjoyed turbo jam for a little change of pace and a light workout day. Chalean is so different from my Cathe, but she grew on me. So I decided to get her Chalean Extreme program as I am a sucker for heavy weight. I did one workout from the Burn circuit and hated it. Hmmm....then I know better than to just put it down after one try; we have been doing this home fitness thing for years right? So I gave it another shot. I love it. I am almost done with my 90 day and I am seeing better results in breaking through my plateau than I have in years. (Not much weight to lose, just get leaner and meaner is my goal.)
Now...I did order the extra 4 workouts. they are quite similar to those included in the regular package; however, I like them a lot. I am trying to figure out why....and you know, after all these years of pushing so very hard, to see that timer at 30-45 minutes is very refreshing to me. Plus, the results I am getting are motivating.
Now...I love Cathe, and still do a kick butt cardio from her on certain days and always incorporate her core work somewhere, so not only am I following CXT, but supplementing with Cathe cardio once/twice per week and her core, along with CXT. Even with all that, I do not feel burnt and I know that i am fried in under an hour with CXT. This is a serious workout program if you know how to work your self hard; and we have all learned how to do that with Cathe. Chalean may be goofy, but it is up to me to push and work hard; not the instructor, but the levity is nice.
So, to make a long post short, I think the add ons are worth it for CXT. I can never have enough workout variety; and CXT has helped me get back my mojo that I was missing in kicking butt in my workouts. My hope is to keep getting motivated and STS is next. I so want to do that; and it is sitting in my workout library, but just couldn't fire up for the process. CXT is giving me a Cathe break that I really, really needed. I feel like I cheated on Cathe, but Cathe is the one who got me where I am, and will keep me there. But it just goes to show that you have to mix it up; even with time of workouts. (I have to admit, I even pull a Firm out now and then right now and even they can kick your advanced butt if you work hard enough at it...)
Whew...man can I go on and on. Hope this was helpful!