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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Kickboxing, Low Impact Hiit & Abs (#287)

Updated: Mar 12

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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Kickboxing, Low Impact Hiit & Abs (#287)


Cardio Kickboxing, Low Impact Hiit & Abs is a fun and enjoyable cardio workout that ends with a short core section on the floor.


As with several of the recent Live workouts, this again is not a tough workout and is far more intermediate in terms of intensity. I was really hoping this one might be a bit more advanced given that it has ‘Hiit’ in the title but alas it was not. However, I did really enjoy it, as it has lots of variety and I got a reasonable workout but I certainly wasn’t challenged.


The workout starts with a long warm-up before moving straight into the first part of the routine, which is cardio boxing. This is a mix of two boxing combos with a few ‘blasts’. However, the blasts are more steady state cardio, rather than intervals, as it is things like jacks and fast scissors.The combos are not complex and are all fairly easy to pick up. However, it doesn’t help that the camera is sometimes on the class, when Cathe changes move, so you have to wait for them to catch up. For some reason, this section didn’t have quite the usual flow that Cathe’s kickboxing routines normally do - it just felt a little more disjointed to me. This section was very intermediate as there are more breaks and no really high impact moves.


You then take off your boxing gloves, if you are wearing them (I wore wrist weights as usual), and move into some kicks. These were slightly more intense but not very challenging. They are just one or two moves repeated, including front, back and side kicks, so there is no choreography here. My heart rate got up a little higher here,as there are fewer breaks and you are moving quite quickly for some of the kicks.


The next section is the low impact Hiit, which consists of eleven drills, which are not repeated unless they need to be done on the other side of the body. These moves are all straight forward, familiar moves from Cathe’s other low impact workouts and they did get my heart rate up a little more. However, they are not high rep and have little longer breaks in between so it wasn’t as high intensity as I was expecting. The second time, I did this workout, I did this section all high impact and that definitely helped increase the intensity a bit more.


The workout ends with a good core section on the floor. I enjoyed this section, as there is a nice variety of different moves that worked my core well.


Overall, an intermediate intensity, mixed impact, cardio workout that incorporates boxing, a few kicks, low impact drills and core work. A good one for travel, as you don’t need any equipment unless you want to use boxing gloves or wrist weights.


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The Workout


Cardio Kickboxing, Low Impact Hiit & Abs is a cardio workout that ends with a short core section on the floor.


What You Need to Know

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


The Moves


Cardio Kickboxing, Low Impact Hiit & Abs is 52 minutes long and originally aired on 5th March 2020 (#287). The workout starts with a 10 minute warm-up (best guess), before moving straight into the cardio boxing.


Cardio Boxing


  • Walk forward & back punching / slow wide stance burpee (standing at the top)

  • Side steps & jabs (to side & then forward)


  • Jab, jab, cross / jab, jab, cross / slip, upper cut

  • Jab, cross & reach w/ knee pull

  • All knee pulls

  • 4 Jump ropes & 2 touch down jacks w/ speedbag arms

  • Jacks

  • Double scissors / fast scissors

  • 1 Arm speedbag forward & retreat

  • Jump rope / jump side to side


  • Jab, jab, cross / jab, jab, cross / slip, upper cut (other side)

  • Slip, upper cut only

  • Jab, cross & reach w/ knee pull (other side)

  • All knee pulls (other side)

  • 4 Jump ropes & 2 touch down jacks w/ speedbag arms

  • Double scissors / fast scissors

  • Jacks

  • 1 Arm speedbag forward & retreat


Quick water break at 19:20 minutes


  • Jab, jab / cross, jab, cross (fast) / upper cut, hook, upper cut, hook

Repeat combo on other side


Quick water break & take gloves off at 23:15 minutes


Kick Drills


  • Alternating front kicks (push kicks & snap kicks)

  • 3 Marches & back kick

  • Alternating front snap kicks

  • Alternating back kicks

  • Alternating front push kicks

  • Alternating back kicks

  • Side to side sumo squats

  • Side kicks

  • Squat & side kicks (jumping) – 8 sets each side


Low Impact Hiit at 27:30 minutes


  • Pull & pound – 16 reps each side

  • Squat lunge combo (hopping) – 16 reps

  • Squat hops (toes forward & out) – 48 reps (in 4’s, 2’s & singles)

  • Hammer punch lunges – 12 reps each side

  • Windmills – 8 sets of 3’s each side

  • Line taps – 40 reps

  • Attacks (squat hops bringing joined hands up & down) – 32 reps

  • Galloping jacks – 32 reps

  • Explosive side to side lunges – 24 reps

  • Squat digs – 32 reps (turning)

  • Puddle jumpers / lateral skates – 64 reps


Quick cool down & get out mat for core at 38:10 minutes


Core on mat at 39:50 minutes


  • Roll downs (leaning back & hold at 3 different levels; going lower each time but keeping back off the floor then roll fully down & back up) – mat – 8 sets

  • V-sits (leaning back w/ arms out to side then raise up to V position (knees bent) & hold then lay back out) – mat – 8 reps & 8 reps

  • Stacked crunches (crunches w/ 1 foot resting on top of the other) / L position crunch (raise top leg in air; bottom leg on floor & crunch up) – mat – alternate sets of these two moves

  • L crunches (straight legs raised in an “L” position, pulse head/shoulders up 1x, then 2x, then 3x, then 4x; change legs and repeat) – mat – 1 set

  • Stacked crunches (other side) / L position crunch (other side) – mat – alternate sets of these two moves

  • L crunches (straight legs raised in an “L” position, pulse head/shoulders up 1x, then 2x, then 3x, then 4x; change legs and repeat) – mat – 1 set

  • Seated V-Ups (lying on side of one cheek, raise & lower straight legs; arms stay touching the mat) – mat – 8 reps & 8 reps each side

  • W planks (in straight arm plank, tap one foot to outside of hand & back, then same foot taps straight in & out, then other foot taps straight in & out then taps to outside of other hand) – mat- 4 sets & 4 sets (starting other side)

  • Supermans (different arm positions) – mat – 32 reps


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


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