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Cathe Live Review: Booty Max (#193)

Cathe Live: Booty Max

Cathe Live Review: Booty Max (#193)

Booty Max is a strength endurance workout focusing on the lower body. This is an amazing and tough routine that really worked me hard. This routine is tough from a leg endurance perspective but also provides a pretty good metabolic / cardio challenge too, even though there are no actual cardio moves included. Throughout the workout, you are moving pretty quickly from one thing to the next and some of the exercises are also done at a faster pace so that heart rate stays elevated the whole time. I was completely drenched at the end of this workout and pretty fatigued too!

The workout consists of four rounds of three exercises, which are then repeated, once more, before moving onto the next round. The routine includes the use of a high step, for some of the exercises, and this serves to increase the intensity a little further too.

All of the exercises are pretty challenging and the moves using the barbell are also very high rep. The rep counts for the other moves vary from 12 – 20 reps or more. Many of the exercises also use varying tempos and rep patterns so it keeps you focused even when you are doing lots of reps. I really felt the push dips – there were so many pulses at the end that I was starting to feel it in my knees and not in a good way. In future, I might substitute elevated lunges here instead. I also felt this workout rather a lot in my lower back, as there are a lot of deadlifts and moves that challenge the lower back all in quick succession. This wasn’t the most fun lower body workout I have done but you will definitely be feeling the work.

Cathe and class use moderate to heavy weights, including a barbell and various dumbbells. I just used dumbbells and substituted a kettlebell for the barbell during plie squats. I only increased my weights on one exercise (shown below) and could not have increased further, on anything, as I was really feeling it. The tempo, for some exercises, is also quite fast so you may need to slow them down a little if you want to go heavier.

Overall, this was a very challenging workout - not necessarily the most enjoyable - but definitely highly effective. So if you are looking for a workout to fry your lower body and work up a bit of a sweat then this could be the perfect workout.

(**Update: I was still feeling the DOMs from this workout three days later!!)

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The Workout

Booty Max is a strength endurance workout for the lower body with a strong cardio effect. The routine consists of four rounds of three exercises that are each repeated before moving onto the next round. Cathe and class use a barbell, dumbbells and a high step. The barbell is set at 30 pounds at the start of the workout and increases to 40 pounds for deadlifts. If you don’t have a high step -you can use a full size step here. Also I don’t like to use a barbell so I used dumbbells and a kettlebell instead.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 54 mins. Equipment needed:  8 - 15# dumbbells (I also used 20’s), barbell (30 & 40# - I used 35# kettlebell instead) & high step with 3 risers. Optional - Lifting gloves. Fun Factor: 2/5. Sweat Factor: 4/5. Coordination: 1/5

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

The Moves

Booty Max is 54 minutes long and originally aired on 12th April 2018 (#193). The workout starts with a long 11 minute warm-up, including a traditional Cathe warm-up and then you pick up dumbbells, to start doing some lower body exercises, to warm you up a little further. These moves are also detailed below so you know which weights are used for each. You will need to have your barbell and dumbbells nearby (Cathe’s barbell starts at 30 pounds) and the high step, with 3 risers, off to one side.

Extended Warm-up Weighted Moves

  • Pivoting sumo squats – one 15# dumbbell

  • Squat toss – one 10# dumbbell

  • Calf raises & back lunges – two 15# dumbbells

Round 1

  • Squats – 30# barbell (I used two 15# dumbbells) – lots of reps with varying tempo / rep patterns

  • Static lunge – two 15# dumbbells – 16 reps

  • Alternating side lunges – two 10# dumbbells – 20 reps

Repeat Above Moves

Side Lunges

Round 2

  • Step ups – two 12# dumbbells & high step with 3 risers – 16 reps

  • Plie squats – 30# barbell (I used 35# kettlebell) – lots of reps with varying tempo / rep patterns

  • Leg abduction & front swing – one 8# dumbbell (I used 1x10) & high step with 3 risers – 16 reps

Repeat Above Moves

Round 3

  • Push dips – two 12# dumbbells & high step with 1 riser - 16 singles & 2x 7 pulses

  • Diagonal lunges – two 12# dumbbells – 16 reps each side

  • Deadlifts (2/2 & 3/1 counts) – 40# barbell (I used two 20# dumbbells) – 12 reps (1st set), 16 reps (2nd set – with feet close together)

Repeat Above Moves

Push Dips

Round 4

  • Squat off side of step – one 15# dumbbell & high step with 3 risers – 16 reps each side

  • Wide stance deadlifts – 40# barbell (I used two 20# dumbbells) – 14 reps (1st set), 16 reps (2nd set – with legs in position of your choice – Cathe does narrow legs again)

  • Crossback lunges – one 15# dumbbell – 16 singles & 2x 7 pulses (1st set), 12 singles, 4x 3 pulses, 2x 7 pulses, 2x 15 pulses & 8 singles (2nd set)

Repeat Above Moves

The workout ends with a 3:30 minute cool down and stretch.

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30 mars 2021

Booty Max is pretty strenuous. I only completed 3 full rounds instead of four. I was not having a great workout day-- I also didn't want to be overly sore the next day. Nevertheless, 3 rounds made me pretty sore any way.

If you're looking for a strenuous LB, this one is a contender.

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