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Cathe Live Review: Boxing w Leg Blasts (#49)

Cathe Live: Boxing w Leg Blasts

Cathe Live Review: Boxing w Leg Blasts (#49)

Boxing w Leg Blasts is an excellent and tough cardio and strength workout. This routine provides a fantastic cardio challenge along with some toning for the lower body.

The workout starts with cardio boxing and ends with a short plyo leg blast section. My heart rate stayed elevated throughout this routine and I was breathing hard in places.

The cardio boxing consists of punching drills and cardio blasts. For some reason, this section wasn’t quite as smooth as Cathe’s usual boxing workouts. Cathe’s cueing was sometimes a little off or non-existent and she would move to something else without prior warning. Also the combos were a little less slick, as she sometimes did different punches but then didn’t add them together like she usually does to make a smooth combo. She also revisited the same moves more than usual and didn’t always do the same moves or reps on each side. At one point, she even mentioned that one of the combos was a blooper! Despite that though, this was still a fun section and definitely got my heart rate up and starting to feel the work. The cardio blasts were all familiar moves, such as, rope climbs and attacks, and these prepare you nicely for what is to come.

After just over 30 minutes of cardio boxing you then move to the plyo leg blast section. This was very reminiscent of Cathe’s Ripped with Hiit (RwH): Lift it Hiit it Legs DVD, which I love. As with the DVD, you alternate cardio Hiit with lower body strength moves. This was a pretty intense section, as you move fairly quickly from one thing to the next, and I was drenched by the end. The strength moves are all traditional lower body exercises. Cathe is limited, in class, to 15 pound dumbbells so she does encourage you to go heavier at home, if you can. The final exercises for deadlifts, she did combine a 12 and 15 pound dumbbell, in each hand, to use a heavier weight and really benefit from the exercise. I just used one heavy dumbbell, as this was much easier on my hands. I also increased on the squats too. The strength work isn’t high rep but as you are fairly fatigued, you do start to the feel the moves. The cardio intervals are straight forward plyometric type moves and are done in groupings of two. You do one interval, then a lower body move, then repeat the same cardio interval and then lower body move or do it with a slight twist (e.g. one dumbbell instead of two). You then you move onto the next grouping.

Overall, a really challenging and effective cardio and strength workout that reminds me of RwH: Lift it, Hiit it Legs mixed with cardio boxing. This is definitely one I will return to often for an intense cardio blast & lower body workout.

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The Workout

Boxing w Leg Blasts is cardio boxing workout with a plyo leg blast section at the end, alternating cardio blasts and lower body strength moves. Cathe used moderate dumbbells and boxing gloves (I used wrist weights) for this routine.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 58 mins. Equipment needed: Boxing gloves (or wrist weights) & 12 & 15# dumbbells (I also used 20 & 22# dumbbells). Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 4/5. Coordination: 2/5

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

The Moves

Boxing w Leg Blasts is 58 minutes long and originally aired on 30th April 2015 (#49). The workout starts with a 9:30 minute warm-up before continuing straight into the cardio boxing. Cathe and class already have their boxing gloves on and are shuffling in place as the routine starts. Only the main moves are shown below.

Cardio Boxing

  • Scissors / travel scissors

  • Jack & jab

  • Jacks

  • Walk forward & back – punching

  • Attacks (turning after every 4 count)

  • 4 punches & walks to side

  • Jacks

  • Jab, cross, upstrike

  • Triples – jab, cross, jab (fast)

  • 2 Jabs & 1 cross

  • Jab, cross, hook, uppercut

  • Jab, cross, jab, elbow strike

  • Jab, cross, upstrike / jab, cross, jab, elbow strike

  • Jacks

  • 3 Rope climbs & 1 elbow strike

  • Pull & pound

  • Shuffle

Quick water break at 26:05 minutes

  • Plyo jacks

  • Jab, cross, jab, cross, rock x2 & hook / uppercut, hook, uppercut & hook

  • Tap outs

  • Long reach lunges

Quick cool down & water break at 31:45 minutes

Plyo Leg Blasts at 32:30 minutes (cardio blasts shown in bold italics below)

  • Snowboards – 16 reps

  • Squats – two 15# dumbbells (I used 20’s) – 16 reps

  • Snowboards – 24 reps

  • Narrow stance squats – two 15# dumbbells (I used 20’s) – 16 reps

  • 3 lateral hops & 1 tuck jump – 8 sets

  • Plié squats & upright row – two 15# dumbbells – 16 reps

Plie Squats & Upright Row

  • 3 lateral hops & 1 tuck jump – 8 sets

  • Marching sumos / plié squats / plié pulses – one 15# dumbbell – 32 reps / 8 reps / 16 pulses

  • Hop forward & back & 2 hops in place – 8 sets

  • Static lunges – two 15# dumbbells – 16 reps (on one side)

  • Hop forward & back & 2 hops in place – 8 sets

  • Static lunges – two 15# dumbbells – 16 reps (on other side)

  • Lateral skates – 32 reps

  • Alternating side lunges – two 12# dumbbells – 16 reps & 8 reps (slower)

Alternating Side Lunges

  • Lateral skates – 44 reps

  • Alternating side lunge & overhead press (when standing in middle) – one 12# dumbbell (held horizontally between hands) – 24 reps

  • Grapevine, tap & 6 power scissors – 6 sets

  • Crossback lunges – one 15# dumbbell – 2x 15 pulses, 2x 7 pulses, 4x 3 pulses & 4x singles

  • Grapevine, tap & 6 power scissors – 6 sets

  • Crossback lunges – one 15# dumbbell – 4x 7 pulses, 4x 3 pulses & 8x singles

  • Deadlifts – one 12 & 15# dumbbell in each hand (I used two 22# dumbbells) – 14 reps (2/2 & 3/1 count)


The workout ends with a 4 minute cool down and stretch.

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25 jun 2020

This is a mean little workout. The lower body circuit is tough. There's some pretty annoying music at minute 43. It wasn't unenjoyable, it was just hard

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