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Cathe Live: We’re Talkin’ Legs – A Fun & Challenging Metabolic Leg Workout

Cathe Live Review: We’re Talkin’ Legs

This Cathe Live metabolic leg workout moves at a fast pace and you will definitely be feeling your legs tomorrow with this one! This is an all strength leg workout set up in rounds, which consists of standing lower body moves – using both the floor and a gliding device – plus a few upper body moves to keep that heart rate really elevated and the muscles firing. The upper body work is purely in there for the cardio effect rather than providing targeted strength work. The exercises that incorporate the upper body are compound moves working the shoulders (overhead presses, upright rows and lateral raises).

The workout uses slightly lighter weights – Cathe used 3 – 15# dumbbells and except for two exercises (the one using the 3# dbs – I used 5’s and single leg deadlifts), I used the same weight as Cathe and it was definitely challenging enough. The nature and pace of the exercises means that it would be more difficult to go really heavy here, as there are only very short rest periods between exercises and the actual exercises themselves are performed at a faster pace than usual. I was breathing hard in places and was pretty drenched by the end of this routine.

The workout is set up in rounds of 3 lower body moves that are then repeated. The reps are quite high and each round generally has the same number of reps for each exercise. As is often the case though, Cathe does have a little bonus waiting for you at the end - just to make sure that you really burned out those calves!

I really liked this workout and felt that it worked all of the lower body pretty well. You do a wide range of different lower body exercises, using dumbbells and the gliding device, to challenge the muscles in different ways. This reminds me a little of Rapid Fire Legs & Core, another Cathe Live workout, which offers a similar metabolic challenge as this workout and moves at pace.

(In case you are not familiar with Cathe Live - it is a streaming service from veteran fitness professional Cathe Friedrich, where she provides access to her live classes filmed at her gym in Jersey. Currently, there are over 200 workouts available in the archive, which you can access at any time and a new class is recorded nearly every week. More details are provided at the end of this article).

The Workout

We’re Talkin’ Legs is a metabolic strength workout focused on the lower body. It consists of 5 rounds of 3 exercises and each round is repeated once more. The exercises are often compound moves and use slightly lighter dumbbells and the gliding device. The reps are reasonably high and the pace is fast.

What You Need To Know

Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 51 mins. Equipment: 3-15# dbs, gliding device. Fun factor: 3/5. Sweat factor: 3/5. Coordination: 2/5

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

The Moves

We’re Talkin’ Legs is 51 minutes long and originally aired on 6th December 2018. The workout starts with a thorough 6 minute warm up, which includes some lighter lower body work, before moving in to the first round.

Back slide lunges

Round 1

  1. Squat Press (start 1 arm then both) – two 10# dbs

  2. Back slide lunges – one gliding device & two 10# dbs

  3. Forward lunge & knee lift with lateral raise – two 3# dbs (I used 5’s)

Side sumo squats with upright row

Round 2

  1. Side sumo squat with upright row in the middle – two 10# dbs

  2. Single leg deadlift – two 10# dbs (I used 12’s)

  3. Side slide lunges – one 15# db

Crossback lunges

Round 3

  1. Crossback lunges – two 12# dbs

  2. Warrior lunges – one gliding device

  3. Pivot to lunge, pivot back & overhead press – two 10# dbs

Side lunges

Round 4

  1. Squat toss (in pulsing squat position, pass dumbbell from hand to hand) – one 10# db

  2. Side lunges reaching dumbbell towards the opposite foot – two 10# dbs

  3. High rep lunge taps – one gliding device & one 15# db (used to put your hand on only)

Calf raises

Round 5

  1. Static lunges – two 15# dbs

  2. Squats – two 15# dbs

  3. Calf raises -1st round she does 48 reps and the 2nd round Cathe decides on a bonus and does 64 reps – you will definitely feel these! Two 15# dbs

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

Take Action

Try it today! Cathe Live is a streaming service available from – you can subscribe to monthly ($9.99 pm), six monthly or yearly plans and has over 200 live workouts in the archive for you to access at any time.

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25 may 2021

LB workouts are the ones I dread. Dislike. This one wasn't so bad: no step, no elevated lunges, no elevated anything. I even used the glider

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