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Cathe Live Review: Fit Legs (#212)

Cathe Live: Fit Legs

Cathe Live Review: Fit Legs (#212)

Fit Legs is a pure strength workout focused on the lower body. Wow was this a tough workout! I was definitely feeling it and was completely drenched by the end.

The workout is structured into four groups of three exercises that are then repeated before moving onto the next group. All of the exercises are fairly high rep and many also use the step to add intensity. Cathe made a mistake at the start of the workout and instructed the class that they need two risers under their steps, however, she actually meant for them to have three. So Cathe changes hers but the class don’t – so you can decide how high you want to have your step. I used three risers for squats off the side and back lunges but lowered my step for the elevated lunges, as I find they hurt my knees and hips. I was really feeling the second set of each group and particularly found the push dips and elevated lunges fairly brutal.

The workout moves at a really rapid pace and my heart rate stayed elevated throughout. There are often either very short breaks or none at all between the exercises and even between the repeated sets. So you will be breathing here! This also meant that I felt it a bit more in my lower back too, particularly for the deadlifts, as you don’t have a chance to recover at all. In addition, as it moves so quickly, you definitely need to have all your weights handy.

Cathe used a barbell and moderate dumbbells during this routine. As usual, I used dumbbells throughout, along with a kettlebell for plie squats, although you could also use dumbbells here too.

Overall, this is a really tough, time efficient and very effective lower body workout. This isn’t the most fun routine but it will definitely give you a great workout.

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The Workout

Fit Legs is a pure strength lower body workout consisting of four circuits. Each circuit is repeated before moving onto the next one. Cathe uses a barbell at 30 and 40 pounds, and moderate dumbbells during the workout. I used dumbbells and a 35 pound kettlebell, for plie squats (but you could use dumbbells here too if you don’t have one), and had no issues. You will also need a full size step or high step with 3 risers for this routine. If you don’t have a step you could do the moves on the floor instead.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 42 mins. Equipment needed:  30 & 40# barbell, 10, 12 & 15# dumbbells (I also used 20# dumbbells & a 35# kettlebell), & a full size step with three risers on each side. Optional - Lifting gloves. Fun Factor: 2/5. Sweat Factor: 4/5. Coordination: 1/5

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

The Moves

Fit Legs is 42 minutes long and originally aired on 23rd August 2018 (#212). The workout starts with a 4 minute warm-up before moving into the first circuit. The step, with three risers on each side, is set up horizontally in front of you at the start of the routine. The barbell, if you are using one, is set up with 30 pounds (one big & small plate on each side).

Group 1

  • Squats – 30# barbell (I used two 15# dumbbells) – lots of reps (singles, low ends, pulsing etc)

  • Static lunges – two 15# dumbbells – 16 reps each side

  • Squats off side of step – one 15# dumbbell & step with 3 risers – 16 reps each side

Repeat Above Moves


Group 2

  • Elevated lunges – two 12# dumbbells & step with 3 risers (I used 1 riser) - 16 reps & 2x 7 pulses

  • Plie squats – 30# barbell (I used a 35# kettlebell) - lots of reps (singles, low ends, pulsing etc)

  • Crossback lunges – two 12# dumbbells – 2 sets of 8x singles & 2x 7 pulses

Repeat Above Moves

Elevated Lunges

Change barbell to 40 pounds

Group 3

  • Push dips – two 10# dumbbells & step topper - 16 reps & 2x 7 pulses each side

  • Deadlifts – 40# barbell (I used two 20# dumbbells) – 16 reps (2/2 count)

  • Alternating side lunges – two 10# dumbbells (I used 12’s) – 24 reps

Repeat Above Moves

Push Dips

Group 4

  • Back Lunges off step – two 12# dumbbells & step with 3 risers – 16 reps each side

  • Deadlifts – 40# barbell (I used two 20# dumbbells) – 16 reps (3/1 count)

  • Alternating diagonal lunges – two 12# dumbbells – 20 reps

Repeat Above Moves

Back lunges

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

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Apr 22, 2021

I really liked this workout. Lots of variety and it moves quickly. Heart rate stay up throughout.

My modifications: I did the elevated lunges with one riser and a single 15. I just don't like them. I added a riser for the push dips, though. In group 4, I did side to side firewalker loop steps in lieu of the deadlifts because the deadlifts were repetitive and holding 20s tires my hands. I used the blue band, got 32+ per round and definitely felt it.

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