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Cathe Live Review: 2018 Roadtrip - Upper & Core (#208)

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Cathe Live Review: 2018 Roadtrip - Upper & Core (#208)


2018 Roadtrip - Upper & Core is pure strength workout focused on the upper body and core. This is a really good tough routine and I definitely felt the work here. This workout was filmed as part of the 2018 Glassboro Roadtrip and therefore the class is packed full of visitors.


The workout consists of groups of three exercises for each body part. These three exercises are then repeated two more times before moving onto the next grouping. The workout starts with chest, back, shoulders, triceps, biceps then core.


For the upper body, all of the exercises, except push-up and tricep dips, are performed for 8 reps. Cathe used moderate weights for this routine and I generally stayed with the same weights, only increasing on a few exercises. I felt I got a really good upper body workout and my muscles were burning out a few times, particularly shoulders. Also as you are moving quite quickly, Cathe does say if you want to really heavy up, you may wish to slow down the reps. There is very little rest in between exercises or sets, however you do get a slightly longer break between groups of exercises.


I enjoyed this routine and the time just flew by even though there is a lot of repetition. Cathe, as always, does a great job at keeping you focused so you don’t have a chance to let your mind wander or to dread the next set. I would suggest you might want to have written some notes on likely weights you want to use, for each exercise, as you don’t have a lot of time to decide during the routine. I found having a notepad, in front of me, really helped to make this a smoother, more effective workout.


The workout ends with a fairly tough core section. I found the windshield wipers, as usual, pretty tough and given that my upper body was fairly fatigued, I think this added to the intensity. This felt like a nice way to round out the program.


Overall, this was an excellent and tough upper body workout that will definitely work those muscles well. This is one I will be returning to!


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The Workout


2018 Roadtrip - Upper & Core is a pure strength workout consisting of groups of three exercises for each body part. These exercises are then repeated two more times before moving onto the next group. The workout ends with a group of three exercises for core. Cathe used moderate dumbbells and a full size step for this workout. If you don’t have a step you could easily just do the moves on the floor instead.


What You Need to Know

(Rating scale – 1= lowest & 5 = highest).


The Moves


2018 Roadtrip - Upper & Core is 45 minutes long and originally aired on 28th July 2018 (#208). The workout starts with a 6:30 minute warm-up, which also uses two 5 pound dumbbells towards the end. The step, with two risers each side, is set up horizontally in front of you at the start of the workout. The step is only used as a weight bench.


Group 1 - Chest

  • Incline Push-ups – step - 10 reps

  • Chest Flys – two 15# dumbbells & step - 8 reps

  • Narrow grip chest press – two 15# dumbbells & step - 8 reps

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Group 2 - Back

  • Pullovers – two 15# dumbbells & step - 6 reps (4/ 4 count)

  • 1 Arm row – one 5 & 15# dumbbell (I used 1x 20) - 8 reps

  • Back Flys – one 10# dumbbell (I used 1x 12) - 8 reps

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Group 3 - Shoulders

  • Upright row – two 15# dumbbells - 8 reps

  • Standing overhead press – two 12# dumbbells - 8 reps

  • Lateral raises – two 8# dumbbells - 8 reps

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Group 4 - Triceps

  • Standing tricep overhead extensions – two 12# dumbbells (Cathe changes to 10’s for 3rd set. I stayed with 12’s) - 8 reps

  • Tricep kickbacks – two 12# dumbbells (Cathe changes to 10’s for 3rd set. I stayed with 12’s) - 8 reps

  • Tricep dips - step - 24 reps

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Group 5 - Biceps

  • Bicep curls – two 15# dumbbells - 8 reps

  • Sweeping curls – two 15# dumbbells - 8 reps

  • W curls – two 12# dumbbells - 8 reps (2/2 count)

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Get mat out & move to floor for Core


Group 6 - Core

  • Monster walks – 14 reps (1st set) & 16 reps (2nd & 3rd sets)

  • Straight leg extensions (lying on back with arms extended straight in the air holding dumbbells, bring straight legs in to centre, one side, centre & other side) – two 5# dumbbells – 4 sets

  • Straight arm plank knee-ins – 8 reps each side

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The workout ends with a 2 minute cool down and stretch.


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