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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Core Plateau Buster (#260)

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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Core Plateau Buster (#260)


Cardio Core Plateau Buster is a cardio and metabolic strength workout set up in rounds. This was such a fun routine that’s packed full of variety and I loved it!


Each round consists of a cardio blast, followed by one or two compound moves, for upper and lower body, and ends with a core move. This isn’t the most intense routine but I still got a good workout and had a lot of fun along the way. The workout moves quickly from one thing to the next so that it really keeps you focused and engaged.


For me, I would use this as more of a cardio / metabolic workout than a real cardio and strength routine, as the strength work is not too high rep and you are generally using lighter weights. Cathe used 5, 8 and 10 pound dumbbells. Therefore, these moves seemed to be there more for a metabolic challenge and to keep the heart rate up a little higher.


The cardio blasts are not done for too long but just enough to get you breathing a little harder. They are all straight forward plyometric type moves. Cathe also gives short breaks between the exercises and this keeps it a little more moderate than going all out. Although the workout does end with a bang – 3 leaps & air jacks and then 16 straight air jacks!


Overall, a fantastic and fun workout that offers a range of different challenges for the body and will definitely get that heart pumping!


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The Workout


Cardio Core Plateau Buster is a cardio and metabolic strength workout consisting of eight rounds. Each round includes a cardio blast, followed by one or two compound moves, for upper and lower body, and ends with a core move. Cathe used lighter dumbbells and a mat for this routine.


What You Need to Know

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


The Moves


Cardio Core Plateau Buster is 44 minutes long and originally aired on 8th August 2019 (#260). The workout starts with a 5:30 minute warm-up, before moving straight into the first cardio blast. (Cathe uses the mat for some of the cardio moves, as usual, I did the cardio moves without a mat). Cardio shown in bold italics below.


Round 1

  • Shuffle, shuffle, drop (around corner of mat) – mat – 25 reps

  • Sumo squat jacks with 1 arm snatch (picking up & putting down the db) – one 10# dumbbell – 16 reps

  • Plank tricep kickbacks – one 10# dumbbell & mat – 12 reps each side


Round 2

  • High reaching pop squats – mat – 3 sets of 10 reps

  • Warrior lunges – 16 reps each side

  • Spiderman climbers – mat – 36 reps (slow & faster)
















Round 3

  • Lateral skates (moving forward & back) – mat – 16 reps (moving) & 16 reps (in place)

  • Rear lunge & 1 arm back fly – one 10# dumbbell – 8 reps & 4x 3 reps

  • Leg thrusters – mat – 64 reps


Round 4

  • Power 3’s & singles – mat – 4x 3’s, 8x singles & 4 sets of 1x 3’s & 2x singles

  • Back lunge & 1 arm front raise – one 5# dumbbell (held vertically) – 16 reps each side

  • Forward lunge with lateral raise & knee lift – two 5# dumbbells – 8 reps

  • Plank kick outs (knees & straight leg) – mat – 28 reps
















Round 5

  • 3 Lateral skates & 1 jump up – 12 sets

  • Crossback lunges & bicep curls – two 8# dumbbells (I used 10’s) – 8 reps & 4x 3 reps, 8 reps & 4x 3 reps & 8 reps

  • Straight arm side plank with front angle rear delt raise (in side plank raise & lowering top arm) – one 5# dumbbell & mat – 16 reps each side


Round 6

  • Lean back, volley, air jack & jump rope – 8 sets & 4 sets

  • Plie squats & upright rows – two 10# dumbbells – 24 reps

  • Crab kicks (fast) – mat – 32 reps & 15 seconds going as fast as you can














Round 7

  • 8x Jacks / 8x galloping jacks – 4 sets

  • Calf raises & hammer curls – two 10# dumbbells – 30 reps

  • Tricep push-ups (on knees) – mat – 8 reps & 6 reps


Round 8

  • 3 Side leaps & 1 jack / air jack – 12 sets

  • Air jacks – 16 reps

  • Squat, curl & overhead press (one continuous move) – two 10# dumbbells – 12 reps

  • Reverse cycling – mat

  • Ankle grabber sit-ups – mat














The workout ends with a 2:30 minute cool down and stretch.


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