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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Party Play Date (#297)

Updated: May 26, 2020

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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Party Play Date (#297)

Cardio Party Play Date is a very intermediate and fun cardio workout. The warm-up and cool down are based on Cathe’s LITE Cardio Party DVD (review HERE), which is also an intermediate level routine. As Cathe says for this one, she wanted to do “a fun, flowing cardio workout with some bouts of intensity mixed in, versus a super high intensity style workout” and that is what this is. This definitely is not a tough routine and at only 38 minutes, of which only approx. 23 minutes is the actual workout, it lacks any real intensity. It seems a shame to me that is wasn’t a bit longer as it's rather fun. So it's definitely one for a lighter day or when you just need a little mood booster.

The workout starts with a flowing little combo of the moves from Cardio Party Hi / Lo 1. Cathe just starts straight into this - so be prepared! The moves are not too complex and if you are familiar with the DVD workout then they will all be recognisable. The whole routine is pretty easy in terms of choreography, as it is only the warm-up and cool down that are a little more dancey but all the moves are very doable.

The routine then moves into the main part of the workout, which is a mix of lower and slightly higher intensity moves. I did think when we started out with pop squats and then jacks / air jacks / galloping jacks that it was going to be more intense but they are really the only plyo moves in the whole workout, except for a set of attacks / squat jumps later on. The rest of the moves are much more steady state or low intensity / low impact. I did shuffle or hop between moves or when doing static moves, such as, knee lifts to get a little more intensity but overall it didn’t make that much different I don’t think. None of the moves are done for too long so there is a good level of variety, including intervals, kickboxing and hi-lo type moves etc.

The routine ends with a Cardio Party cool down, which is again a mini combo of a few different moves, that are then repeated five times through (Cathe does say four times but isn’t happy with the first one, as it wasn’t on the beat fully, so discounts that one and does four more). Again these are all easy moves to pick up and are actually the moves from Hi / Lo 2 in Cardio Party. Cathe then does a short stretch and you are done.

Overall, this is a lower intensity cardio workout that is perfect for a lighter day when you just want to get some movement into your day.

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The Workout

Cardio Party Play Date is an intermediate level cardio workout that includes a mix of different cardio moves.

What You Need to Know

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

The Moves

Cardio Party Play Date is 38 minutes long and originally aired on 14th May 2020 (#297). The workout starts with a 7:30 minute warm-up, before moving straight into the main workout. The main moves are shown below.


  • 8 Pop squats / 8 jump rope / 2 plyo jacks

  • Walk forward & back (4 steps)

  • Shuffle / punch front mambo / pivot turn

  • Jump rope

  • 4 Jacks / 4 galloping jacks

  • 4 Jacks / 4 air jacks / 4 jacks / 4 galloping jacks

  • Sumo squat high knee march

  • Grapevine / 2 side steps / slide & punch across / 3 shuffles & punch across

  • Bob & weave w punches / hooks / upper cuts / double upper cuts / flurry upper cuts

  • Attacks / squat jumps w legs out

  • Heels forward (hopping) / add figure 8 arms

  • Low kicks (push arms down)

  • Heels digs (hopping) / plyo heel digs

  • Jump ropes

  • Double hops / 4 hops (in place & travelling) / jogs

  • Double scissors / fast scissors / power scissors

  • Heels together

  • Double hops / 4 hops (in place & travelling) / jogs

  • Double scissors / fast scissors

  • Jacks & jabs

  • Knee lifts (bringing arms down / clinch knees)

  • Front kicks

  • Front kick & back kick / front kick, back kick, front kick & hammer down

Repeat knee lifts & kicks on other side

  • Long reach lunges (reaching arms across / reach arms up & down)

Cardio Party Cool Down

  • Grapevine

  • 2 side steps on diagonal (moving forward & back)

  • Single side steps on diagonal (moving forward) / 2 chasse & cross back

  • Single side steps on diagonal (moving back) / 2 chasse & cross back

  • Step hamstring curls (singles & doubles)

  • Up & back x2

  • Side steps

Repeat above moves four more times.

The workout ends with a 2:30 minute stretch.

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If you liked this workout, check out my review of Cathe Live: 80’s Style Cardio w Low Impact Blasts (#54) – HERE.

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