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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Barre & Core Meltdown (#190)

Cathe Live: Cardio Barre & Core Meltdown

Cathe Live Review: Cardio Barre & Core Meltdown (#190)

Cardio Barre & Core Meltdown is a fun cardio and bodyweight strength workout that I really enjoyed! The workout consists of three sections and provides a really nice cardio, lower body and core challenge.

The first section is hi-lo cardio and really got my heart rate up nicely. This section is very reminiscent of Cathe’s ICE DVD Rock’em Sock’em Blizzard Blast, which is an add-on to the main kickboxing routine and adds extra intensity in that workout. The moves are all very straight forward with a few higher intensity cardio drills mixed in. This is a really fun section and definitely gets you moving, particularly as the pace here is pretty fast – even for the warm-up.

The second section is barre work, using a chair or Barre / Fit Tower. The class use the ballet barre for this part of the workout and I used a chair. This was a pretty tough lower body routine, as it is pretty high rep and only has short rests in between the different exercises. I was really feeling it particularly on the 1 leg push dips and the second set of High & Tight (in second position).

The final section is a long and tough core section using the gliding devices and the mat. I really felt these exercises, as there are just so many exercises one after the other that my core was definitely working! During the gliding mountain climbers, on the discs, I also found that my legs were screaming from the barre work earlier! Also the straight leg crunches were very tough. I was quite glad when this section was over and we moved into the stretch!

Overall, this was a fun and tough workout that got my heart rate up and worked my core and lower body very effectively. I will definitely be doing this one more often. This is also a great workout to do while travelling as you need minimal equipment - only a chair and two gliding devices.

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The Workout

Cardio Barre & Core Meltdown is a cardio and strength workout for the lower body and core. This workout uses only your own bodyweight, for the strength exercises, but you will definitely be feeling the work. The only equipment you need is a chair and two gliding devices.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 56 mins. Equipment needed: chair or Fit Tower / Barre, two gliding devices & a mat. Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 4/5. Coordination: 3/5

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

The Moves

Cardio Barre & Core Meltdown is 56 minutes long and originally aired on 22nd March 2018 (#190). The workout starts with a very active 7 minute warm-up before moving into the cardio section of the workout.

Hi Lo Cardio

Hi Lo Cardio

  • Jump rope / double hops

  • Jogs / high knee jogs

  • Jog & hike knee (on 4th count) / rock front & back

  • Pendulums / low straight leg kicks

  • Jogs

  • Mambo front & back / pivot turn

  • Speedbag & punch forward & 2 hops back

  • Slide – forward & back

  • 4 jabs front (hopping) / 4 jacks

Quick water break (at 11:40 minutes)

Repeat above on other side

  • 3 Power hops forward & 4 block jacks back / 3 leaps & 1 jack

  • Hi lo punches (hopping)

  • 4 Icebreakers / 4 side lunges

  • Side lunges (hopping with arms across & down)

  • Squat digs

  • Touch down jacks / forward grab lunges

Cool down & quick stretch (at 19:45 minutes)

Cardio Barre – get out chair or Fit Tower / Barre (at 22:30 minutes)

  • High hip pulses

  • High & tight (feet together)

  • 1 Leg push dips

1 Leg Push Dips

  • High & tight (second position – heels together)

  • Calf raises

  • Side leg lifts (outer thigh lifts)

Side leg lifts

  • Straight leg raises / inner thigh raises

Quick water break & stretch - put chair or Fit Tower / barre out of the way (at 39:40 minutes)

Get mat out & move to floor for Core (at 42 minutes). You will need your gliding devices nearby.

  • Seated Russian twists (feet on gliding devices & pull in alternating heels) – two gliding devices

Seated russian twists

  • Sit-up & twist (lie on back then sit-up & twist hands to knee - bringing in heel on gliding device) – two gliding devices

  • Mermaids (slide 1 arm in & out on gliding device) – one gliding device – 2 sets


  • Gliding mountain climbers – two gliding devices

  • Walk-in crunches (lie on back with legs straight then crunch up & walk in each heel / back out)

  • Straight leg crunches (pulsing up 6x & down)

  • Walk-in crunches (start other side)

  • Straight leg crunches (pulsing up 6x & down)

  • Crunches with 1 foot resting on top of the other foot

  • Crunches with legs bent off the floor

  • Reverse crunches (slow & fast pulses)

  • V-Ups (lying on side of hip – lift straight legs & arms to meet each other)

  • Supermans (arms in goal post position)


  • Breast stroke swimmers (swim out arms & legs)

The workout ends with a brief 1:30 minute cool down and stretch.

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12 Mar 2021

190 is a lot of fun. It felt intermediate to me, which was a nice break. Its high rep but doable. I struggled during the 2nd set of high and tights and took an 8 count break accordingly. I liked the gliders during the ab section a lot except....

My Modifications:...i didn't use the gliders during the mountain climbers. :-)

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