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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Core Circuit (#42)

Updated: Feb 3

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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Core Circuit (#42)


Cardio Core Circuit is an intense and challenging cardio and core workout. This one will definitely get you breathing hard and sweating!


The workout is based on Cathe’s DVD of the same name, which is a really tough workout and for me has rather a big dread factor attached to it. However, this one, though also tough, is not quite to the same intensity and I like it much more.


The setup of the workout is the same as the DVD - in that you do five circuits of three cardio moves, which are each then repeated, before doing a core move. However, unlike in the DVD, the core work is all standing and uses dumbbells, whereas in the DVD it is all floor based without weights.


The cardio moves are a mix of harder and slightly easier plyo moves so although the breaks are not very long, between the sets of exercises, you are not going completely all out, all of the time. Cathe manages the mix well, within each circuit, so you can keep pushing through. However, the last circuit I did find very challenging, as it includes burpees, snow angels and 3 jumps & turn… which does not really give you much of a breather! However, by that point you know it’s the last one so you just have to do your best and push through to the end.


The core work is just one move - using one or two light dumbbells (Cathe used 10 pounds). These are meant to be cardio core moves but were far more basic and less challenging, than in the DVD version, and this for me was a little disappointing. The core work in the DVD is extremely challenging and has much more of a cardio effect. You only do 12 reps, on each side, for the core work in the Live version and so I was barely feeling any of it. However, you do then repeat all of the core moves, back-to-back, after the fifth circuit so you do get a little more work but I actually felt this more in my shoulders than my core.


Overall, this is an excellent and intense cardio workout with a little bit of core work – definitely one for a high energy day when you want to push yourself a bit more.


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The Workout


Cardio Core Circuit is a cardio circuit workout with one core move at the end of each round. Cathe used 10 pound dumbbells (I also used one 20# dumbbell, as Cathe holds both in one hand for one move) and a mat (only used for the cool down).


What You Need to Know

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


The Moves


Cardio Core Circuit is 46 minutes long and originally aired on 12th March 2015 (#42). The workout starts with a 7 minute warm-up, before a quick water break and then moving into the first cardio interval. Cardio shown in bold italics below.


Round 1

  • Squat digs – 32 reps

  • Apple pickers (lateral) – 32 reps

  • Snowboards – 16 reps

Repeat above three moves

  • Core: Shovel w Db – one 10# Db – 12 reps each side


Round 2

  • Jump forward, double jump back, jump out & in (repeat) then squats in a box (repeat) / jacks – 2 sets & 8x jacks, 2 sets & 8x jacks

  • Lateral slides w/ hamstring curl (circling arms) – 16 reps

  • 4 Air jumps & 4 air jacks – 4 sets

Repeat above three moves

  • Core: Standing side bend crunches – Cathe holds two 10# Dbs in one hand (I used 1x 20) – 12 reps each side


Round 3

  • Icebreakers – 32 reps

  • 3 Lateral jumps & 1 tuck jump – 6 sets

  • Split jumps (4 jumps on one side then switch to other) – 6 sets

Repeat above three moves

Core: Standing oblique crunches (w/ knee lift) – one 10# Db – 12 reps each side


Round 4

  • Quarter turn jumps – 12 reps

  • Grapevine & 6 power scissors – 6 sets

  • Shuffle, shuffle, drop – 16 reps

Repeat above three moves

  • Core: Vertical woodchops – one 10# Db (I used 1x 12) – 12 reps each side


Round 5

  • Lateral shoot burpees (on a diagonal) – 10 reps

  • Snow angel jacks – 10 reps

  • 3 Jumps forward & turn – 8 sets

Repeat above three moves

  • Core: Circumference circles (with straight arms rotate one Db in a circle from waist level to overhead) – one 10# Db – 12 reps each direction


Core Only Circuit

  • Shovel w Db – one 10# Db – 12 reps each side

  • Standing side bend crunches – Cathe holds two 10# Dbs in one hand (I used 1x 20) – 12 reps each side

  • Standing oblique crunches (w/ knee lift) – one 10# Db – 12 reps each side

  • Vertical woodchops – one 10# Db (I used 1x 12) – 12 reps each side

  • Circumference circles – one 10# Db – 10 reps each direction


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


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If you liked this workout, check out my review of Cathe Live: Cardio Hiit Plus Core (#262) – HERE.


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