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Cathe Live Review: Fit Tower Live – Roadtrip (#160)

Cathe Live: Fit Tower Live

Cathe Live Review: Fit Tower Live – Roadtrip (#160)

Fit Tower Live – Roadtrip is a cardio and strength workout using the Fit Tower. This workout was filmed during the 2017 Glassboro Roadtrip so the class is packed with 106 participants!

The routine consists of rounds of cardio followed by a mix of lower body and upper body exercises, using the Fit Tower. All of the strength work is done using your own body weight or a resistance band or loop so this is a very different cardio and strength workout than Cathe’s usual ones. I really loved this workout – it is so full of variety and even though it is fairly challenging in places (for the strength work) the time just flew by.

If you don’t have a Fit Tower – don’t worry - you can still do this workout. I don’t have one and so in the breakdown below I show how I modified with a chair, two 15# dumbbells and a step.

The cardio drills are barre-based cardio moves that will be familiar to anyone who has done Cathe’s other barre cardio workouts. They are not too high rep but do get the heart rate up nicely and you breathing a bit harder. They also give some respite from the strength exercises!

The strength moves are mainly barre moves for the lower body, along with a few using the resistance loop. Cathe used the loop that comes with the Fit Tower, I used a slightly heavier resistance loop (blue) and this worked well for me. The upper body exercises are a mix of bodyweight moves, like push-ups, and those using the resistance band. All of the strength moves are high rep and you will definitely be feeling these. However, for the barre lower body exercises, although I got a nice workout, they were not quite so extremely high rep as some of Cathe’s similar workouts - so there is no dread factor here. I guess she didn’t want to scare the Roadtrippers too badly!

The workout ends with a core section using the Fit Tower. I modified all of these moves to do them on the floor and had no issues. I just mimicked the same moves either with a dumbbell, where the band is over the top of the Fit Tower, or just in the air instead.

Overall, this is a fantastic and fun cardio barre, total body strength workout. You will definitely be feeling the work with this one! I will definitely be returning to this one whenever I want a good total body challenge without using heavy weights.

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The Workout

Fit Tower Live – Roadtrip is a cardio and strength total body workout using the Fit Tower, resistance band and resistance loop. The routine consists of rounds of cardio and strength exercises and ends with a core section on the floor. (I modified this workout using a chair, dumbbells, resistance band / loop and a step).

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 61 mins. Equipment needed: Fit Tower or chair, medium tension band & loop, & a mat. (I also used two 15# dbs & a high step with 2 risers). Optional: Lifting gloves. Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 3/5. Coordination: 1/5

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

The Moves

Fit Tower Live – Roadtrip is 61 minutes long and originally aired on 28th July 2017 (#160). The workout starts with a 6 minute barre-based warm-up before a quick water break and then starting the main workout. Cathe has her Fit Tower set at a number 8 to start the workout. In the breakdown below, I only mention additional equipment, if I needed something to modify the move, if not whenever it mentions the Fit Tower I just used a chair. All of the moves shown below are high rep and varying tempos.

Cardio moves are shown in bold italics below.

  • Plie jacks – resistance loop around the ankles – 3 sets of 16 reps

  • High & tight pulses with loop – resistance loop around thighs & Fit Tower

  • Incline Push-ups – Fit Tower (at hole No. 3 then 2 then 1) – 3 sets of 12 reps

Incline Pushups

  • Jumping jacks – resistance loop – 32 reps

  • Crisscross jumps – Fit Tower at No. 8 – 16 & 12 reps each side

  • Crossback high & tight – Fit Tower

  • Air squats – Fit Tower at No. 2

  • Tricep dips – Fit Tower at No. 5 (Cathe says 4 but its 5. I used the seat of the chair)

  • Band kickbacks – resistance band over top of Fit Tower (I stood on band & did tricep kickbacks)

Tricep dips

  • Power scissors – Fit Tower at No. 8 – 3 sets of 16 reps

  • High & tight (second position – heels together) – Fit tower

  • Bicep curls & 1 leg raise – resistance band & Fit Tower

  • Chin-ups (underhand grip) – Fit Tower at No. 9 or 10 (I did bicep curls using two 15# dumbbells)

  • Plie pulls (jumping) – Fit Tower at No. 8 – 32 reps each side

  • Straight leg raises – Fit Tower

  • Vertical pull-ups (slanted & straight up) – Fit Tower at No. 7 or 8 (I did deadrows using two 15# dumbbells) – 3 sets

  • Straight arm kickbacks (band under foot on bar of Fit Tower) – resistance band & Fit Tower at No. 1 (I stood on the band on my step & did the same move)

Slanted Pullups

  • Squat & lunge jumps – Fit Tower at No. 8 - 16 reps each side

  • Front raises / front raise & open – resistance band

  • Firewalkers (side steps) – resistance loop

  • Hamstring press – resistance loop & Fit Tower at No. 8

  • Mountain climbers – Fit Tower at No. 3 (I did these with hands on the step – you could also just do these on the floor) – 32 reps

  • Glute bridges – Fit Tower at No. 1 (I put my feet on a step with 2 risers)

  • 1 Leg hamstring raises – resistance band (across the hips) & Fit tower (I put my feet on a step with 2 risers)

1 Leg Hamstring Raises

Core - at 50 mins.

  • Russian twists (band over top of FT & held in each hand) – resistance band & Fit Tower at No. 4 (I just used a 10# dumbbell held horizontally between the hands & twisted side to side)

  • Sit-ups raising 1 leg at a time (band over top of FT & held in each hand) – resistance band & Fit Tower (I used a 10# dumbbell & did sit-ups raising the db to foot each time)

  • Crunches with leg shooters (shoot legs over & under bar of FT) – Fit Tower at No. 3 (I just mimicked the same move without the FT)

  • 1 Leg raises (lie on back with 1 leg resting on the bar of FT then crunch up raising other leg to meet it) – Fit Tower (I just held my top leg in the air & did the same move)

  • Sit-ups & crisscross legs at the top (sit-up & take hold of FT bar then crisscross legs in the air) – Fit Tower (I did the same move without the FT just holding myself up with my core)

1 Leg Raises

The workout ends with a 3 minute cool down and stretch using the Fit Tower (set at hole No. 8) / chair.

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24 ene 2021

I always enjoy using my Fit Tower and this workout makes full use of it. It's altogether doable and the workout doesn't feel like 62 minutes. The only set of exercises I couldnt complete was the first lower body set. Other than that, it was all good.

My Modifications: I also substituted 15 pound dumbbells for a couple of the moves. I did most of the cardio away from the tower because I'm not used to having equipment around me during cardio. I used the green firewalker loop in lieu of the fit tower loop, though I grabbed the pink one for the hamstring presses.

Overall an excellent workout

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