Success Story Spotlight: Cathe for Life by Ellie from Italy

Success Story Spotlight: Cathe for Life by Ellie from Italy

(Last Updated On: December 14, 2014)

Ellie's before PicMy fight against obesity goes back to 1999. I weighted 74 kilos, I was in my twenties and studying at University. I decided I had to do something to lose weight, so started to correct my diet and lost 12-14 kilos, but stayed overweight for a long time. The scale was stuck, I thought that a clean diet was all I had to do and exercise was something I thought I could not fit in my daily routine.

Eight years ago I started to work-out, at first with Kathy Smith, dropped some other kilos, the scale reached 55 but still I had good layer of fat around my body. Then I got pregnant and during pregnancy I started think about my fitness level and what was not working with me. I did a lot of exercise but still had no good results and this made me very disappointed. Then, surfing the net, I discovered Cathe Friedrich and her website with so many tools: a forum, monthly rotations, a lot of information about fitness, nutrition and so on. And above all, a wide variety of workout I could easily download and try immediately.

I resumed working out 2 months after delivery, in July 2010 ( picture above is of that period). This time I decided to follow Cathe. My first digital downloads were Low maxEllie's after pic, Power Max and Step fit. I loved this woman since the first time I pressed the play button on my remote control. She was so energetic, encouraging, and the workouts were so much fun! I start ed to see results: my post-partum belly was going away and I was getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I started to buy other dvds,such as Intensity, Lower Body Blast, Butts and Guts, Imax 2 and Imax 3, Gym Style legs… and one by one, I think I have bought most of her dvds. Obviously I started to discover the beauty of lifting weights. I was no more scared of dumbbells and barbells also because my muscles were toning and I liked my new shape.

I followed many of Cathe’s rotations until 2 years ago, when I decided to resume running ( I had started to run just before getting pregnant). I think I wouldn’t have been able to do that first run of 5k if my body hadn’t been conditioned by Cathe. I was so happy about the fitness level I had gained through the years! That first run was followed by many others, now I run 30-35 miles per week but Cathe is always an important part of my routine. I stopped lifting for a while and discovered that I was gaining weight again despite all my hours of running, so I promptly came back to my beloved STS total body, Total body trisets, Muscle Max and Power Hour. And when I am short on time, I do love the X-train series which offers a great variety of workouts of different lengths. I try to dedicate to Cathe at least two days every week, I get inspired by her rotations and I am so happy beacause she targets my body in different ways, her metabolic /circuit workouts are really my favorite way of exercising, I love all of them even if I often reach for Afterburn or Supercuts or Flextrain.

She has done a lot for me also when I got injured this past spring and had to stop my runs for a while: I turned to LIS to keep cardiovascular conditioning and muscle tone and then increased the amount of stress on my muscle/joints moving through kickboxing ( 4DS kickbox and kick,punch and crunch from the Timesaver collection) and then stepping at a low impact level .I felt that my recovery was sped up by all those functional moves and she probably helped me to correct some muscles imbalance I had.

I still have some weight to loose, my “wide hips” are still my biggest problem, but I dropped 3 sizes since I started to workout with Cathe, and I am in the best shape of my life. Cathe has done a world of good to me and she will always play a major role in my fitness routine and in my life as well. And now…can’t wait to try those RWH workouts!!!!

5 thoughts on “Success Story Spotlight: Cathe for Life by Ellie from Italy

  1. Thank you Melissa!I can’t believe my story has been chosen…I just submitted it to say thank you to Cathe .To me it’s an honour to share my story with all the Cathletes because this community is so inspiring and motivating that I really feel my results are due , in part, also to you guys and to your positive attitude !

  2. I loved your story! I feel so similar: I was always a runner and augmented my running with step classes and very light weight lifting (no more than 5 lbs max). My goal was slim, fit. Now, 20+ years later and two children later, I discovered Cathe. Now, I feel like “the heck with slim, fit…I am now going for fit, strong!” I really appreciate your taking the time to write your story, and wish you the very best!

  3. Ellie,
    Congrats on the weight loss. You did a good job by pushing through and not giving up. Cathe has an amazing program and I have been a big fan since the late 90s. Keep up the good work.

  4. I love Cathe, and congratulations. I been doing Cathe dvds 2012 after my 4th baby, and I lost my baby weigth + 10 lbs more, I was stock with 150lbs for 3 years with bechbody dvs, but after I find Cathe it is no way back, I like the way I look, I was diagnostic with spinal stenosis and Cathe dvds are safe to do it, I notice the day I don’t exercice my sciatica said hey I need the blood to pump and this is one more razon I love Cathe

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