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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Boxing Plus Plyo Legs (#96)

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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Boxing Plus Plyo Legs (#96)


Cardio Boxing Plus Plyo Legs is an express cardio and metabolic strength workout that will definitely get that heart rate up!


The workout starts with cardio boxing. This section is a mix of cardio drills, punching drills and punch combos. There is no real choreography here just a few punches strung together to form a few combos. Cathe often just goes straight into these rather than teaching them in layers but they are not very complex so it’s fairly easy to pick them up. Also they are all pretty familiar moves, if you have done Cathe’s other boxing workouts. This was a really enjoyable section that got my heart rate up nicely. Cathe and class wore gloves for this section and I used wrist weights, I found this added nicely to the intensity of the punches.


The next section is plyo legs. This consists of cardio Hiit alternated with exercises for the lower body, using dumbbells. This felt very reminiscent of Cathe’s Ripped with Hiit: Lift it, Hiit it Legs DVD. The only difference here was that you are using lighter weights and it is a little more metabolic strength training rather than serious heavy weight training. However, I still really liked this section and I was definitely breathing hard in places. The plyo moves are all straight forward and recognisable. They are just one move repeated for a set number of reps. I was definitely feeling the scissor, scissor, wide & tuck jumps straight after a set of power scissors! You are also moving quickly from one thing to the next and that also keeps the whole section more metabolic / cardio focused. The strength exercises are not too high rep but just enough to start feeling the work. Cathe did use lighter weights than she often does here and so I increased on a few (shown below). My only regret was that this section was so short – I would have loved for it to be double length. The intensity isn’t as high as the RwH version but it still provided a nice challenge.


Overall, this was a fun, fast paced, cardio and metabolic strength workout. It’s a great workout if you are looking for a high energy, cardio challenge that will get you moving and smiling!


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The Workout


Cardio Boxing Plus Plyo Legs is a cardio and metabolic strength workout consisting of cardio boxing, cardio Hiit blasts and lower body metabolic strength exercises. Cathe used boxing gloves (I used wrist weights) and 10 and 12 pound dumbbells for this routine.


What You Need to Know

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


The Moves


Cardio Boxing Plus Plyo Legs is 42 minutes long and originally aired on 7th April 2016 (#96). The workout starts with an 8 minute warm-up before moving into the main cardio boxing section.


Cardio Boxing


  • Scissors / travel scissors

  • Jacks & jabs

  • Jump ropes

  • 2 Jabs & cross, 2 jabs & cross / slip & upper cut

  • Icebreakers

  • Temple smashes

  • Upper cuts / flurry upper cuts

  • Jacks

  • Guard stance switches

  • Jab, cross

  • 2 Jabs, triples (cross, jab, cross – fast) / upper cut, hook, upper cut, hook

  • 5 Quick jab, cross & jump switch

  • Icebreakers

  • 2 Jabs, triples (cross, jab, cross – fast) / upper cut, hook, upper cut, hook

  • 5 Quick jab, cross & jump switch

  • Jump ropes / jacks

  • 3 Power hops forward & 4 block jacks back

  • Jab, cross

  • Jab, cross, jab, cross, upper cut, body shot, over cut

  • Quarter turn jumps

Quick water break & get out your dumbbells at 22:30 minutes


Plyo Legs at 23:15 minutes

  • Jumping jacks – 28 reps

  • Lateral walks / pulsing plie squats – two 10# dumbbells (I used 12’s) – 4 sets / 4x 7 pulses / 4 sets

  • Pop squats – 2 sets of 16 reps

  • Squats / squat, curl & overhead press – two 10# dumbbells – 11 squats / 4 curl press / 8 squats / 4 curl press / 4 squats & 2 curl press

  • 4 Jacks / 4 air jacks – 4 sets & 4 sets

  • Plie squats (putting down & picking up dbs) / plie pulses – two 12# dumbbells – 3 sets plie, 16x pulses, 4 sets plie, 16x pulses, 2 sets plie & 16x pulses


  • Power scissors – 33 reps

  • Scissor, scissor, wide jump & tuck jump – 5 sets on each side

  • Static pulse lunges – two 12# dumbbells (I used 15’s) – 2x 15 pulses, 2x 7 pulses, 4x 3 pulses & 8x singles (alternating)

  • Dynamic squat abductions – 20 reps & 32 reps


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


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