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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Boxing w Stability Ball Abs (#23)

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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Boxing w Stability Ball Abs (#23)


Cardio Boxing w Stability Ball Abs is a really fun, more intermediate level cardio boxing workout with a short core section at the end. I really liked this workout and the time flew by.


The workout is a mix of punching, punch combos and cardio drills. There are a few kicks but these are part of the cardio drills. The cardio drills are more often steady state cardio moves rather than all plyometric moves, which is also what helps to keep this more intermediate level. They are also not done for too long, for example, you only do 8 sets of 3 marches / 1 jump kick on each side etc. However, they do keep the heart rate up throughout the workout but this is definitely not the toughest boxing routine – it is much more steady state cardio. Cathe and class wore boxing gloves (I wore wrist weights) and I think these are pretty essential for this one to add a little more intensity.

Cathe does a few punch combos but they are all very straight forward and there is no complex choreography in this routine at all. The workout has lots of variety, as you are not repeating any of the moves for very long. Cathe doesn’t always do the same number of reps on each side and for one combo she missed the second side completely. She did ask the class if they had done it on the other side but didn’t really get a response so moved on to something else. The cardio section ends with a bang though as you do 10 burpees to finish!

The workout ends with a short core section using the stability ball. I really enjoyed this section as there are lots of fun and different moves. However, this was also a pretty effective section and I was definitely feeling it by the end, particularly as you finish with Pikes on the ball.

Overall, this was a really fun, more steady state cardio boxing workout with a fun and effective core section at the end. This is great for a lighter day when you want to get some cardio in but not go all out.

(As an aside, Amanda, from Cathe’s DVD workouts, is also in this routine to the right of Cathe. She always looks amazingly athletic and this class is no exception!)


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The Workout


Cardio Boxing w Stability Ball Abs is a cardio boxing workout with a short core section, using the stability ball.


What You Need to Know

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


The Moves


Cardio Boxing w Stability Ball Abs is 48 minutes long and originally aired on 2nd October 2014 (#23). The workout starts with a 6 minute warm-up (my best guess), before moving straight into the main part of the cardio boxing routine. Cathe has her boxing gloves already on at the start of the workout. The main moves are shown below, however know that the combos are also built up in layers to enable you to learn the moves as you go.


Cardio Boxing


  • Jacks

  • Shuffles (turning)

  • 1 Arm speedbag shuffle to the front & retreat back

  • Jab, cross, reach & knee pull (jumping)

  • Jab, cross

  • Jabs in sumo squat (going down & up)

Repeat above on other side

Quick water break at 8:45 minutes

  • Double hops / jog / pendulums

  • Punch front mambo / pivot turn all the way around

  • Shuffle & jab

  • 2 Jabs (high) & 2 cross (low)

Repeat above on other side

  • Jump ropes

  • Double scissors / fast scissors (travelling)

  • Jack & jab

Repeat above on other side

  • 3 Marches & 1 jump kick

  • Jacks

  • 3 Marches & 1 jump kick (other side)

  • Squat hops (pushing arms overhead & swinging side to side)

  • Jabs while marching forward & back in sumo squat

  • 2 Jabs (high) & 2 cross (low) / jab (high) & cross (low)

  • Jump ropes (above combo not repeated on other side)

  • Jab, cross, jab (fast) – repeat on other side

  • Hooks (high & low)

  • 2 Jabs (high) & 2 cross (low) / 2 hooks (low) & 2 hooks (high)

  • Air squats

Quick water break at 22:50 minutes

Repeat above moves starting from hooks on other side

  • Squat, kick, squat, lunge – repeat on other side

  • Jab, cross, jab, cross, rock, rock & hook

  • Jump squats

Repeat combo on other side

  • Upper cut, body shot, hook & hook – repeat on other side

  • Jab, cross, jab, cross, rock, rock & hook / upper cut, body shot, hook & hook – repeat on other side

  • Burpees – 10 reps

Quick water break, take gloves off & get mat & ball out for core work at 32:40 minutes.


Stability Ball Abs at 33:45 minutes


  • Crunches on ball (leaning back on the ball, crunch up w/ hands behind the head) – ball

  • Long lever crunches on ball (same as above but w/ straight arms behind head) – ball

  • Woodchops (same position as above; clasp hands together & chop them forward as you crunch up) – ball

  • Supine crunches / pulsing crunches (lying on mat w/ shins on ball; crunch up) – ball & mat

  • Banana hold (w/ ball held back behind head in straight arms) – ball & mat

  • 1 Leg sit-up (bringing ball to 1 foot as you sit-up) – ball & mat

  • Roll-ups (sit up & roll ball over knees to toes & back down) – ball & mat

  • Boat pose (leaning back & balancing ball on shins) – ball & mat

  • Straight leg boat pose (same as above but w/ straight legs & ball held over head in straight arms) – ball & mat

  • Russian twists (leaning back & twist ball side to side) – ball & mat

  • Overhead arcs (same position as above; arc the ball over head in straight arms from side to side) – ball & mat

  • Roll-ins (w/ shins on ball & hands on floor; roll feet in towards torso & back out) – ball

  • Roll-ins / pikes (w/ feet on ball; pike up hips into an inverted V position & back out) - ball


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

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If you liked this workout, check out my review of Cathe Live: Cardio Kickboxing, Low Impact Hiit & Abs (#287) – HERE.


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