Cathe Live Review: Glutes & Core Galore (#364)
Cathe Live Review: Glutes & Core Galore (#364)
Glutes & Core Galore is a fun metabolic strength workout using dumbbells, gliding devices and a stability ball. This routine was a lot of fun and as it’s technically a no repeat (although deadlifts are repeated once but in a different tempo count), the time just flies by. So even though it is just under an hour, it really didn’t feel that way to me. This workout was little bit easier than I was initially expecting, from the preview, so IMHO it’s more intermediate than advanced. However, for many of the exercises you could increase the weights a bit more, as the tempo for some of them was not too fast and this would help to make it more challenging.
The workout consists of five different rounds of five or six exercises, targeting both the core and lower body. You don’t repeat any of the moves, except the deadlifts, so once done you are onto something else. I really loved the variety in this one, as you are also incorporating different pieces of equipment and this really keeps your body guessing as to what is coming next. It also means that there is no dread factor at all.
The lower body strength exercises generally target the glutes but some also target other areas of the lower body so that my whole lower body felt nicely worked. The exercises are not too high rep and are generally straight reps so there is very little pulsing or half reps so this means it is easier to go a bit heavier, if you wanted to. I would definitely increase my weights next time, as I was a little conservative given the preview. Cathe used 10 to 15 pounds for this routine and I only increased on a few moves and never reached muscle fatigue for any of the exercises. The only ones I felt more challenged on were two of the non-weighted lower body exercises. These were straight leg lifts, with the ball on the toes, and outer thigh lifts leaning on the ball. Although I did start to feel these, they were definitely nowhere near as brutal as Cathe sometimes does. (As an additional note, the routine starts out very fast - with the first three exercises pretty much back to back - but then you slow down the pace a bit and Cathe also slows down the music to match so it’s not all out the whole way through).
The core moves were also not as challenging as I was expecting and many also incorporate the gliding device or the ball. Again, the reps for these were not too high and so although I did start to feel the work in my core, it was never really challenging. However, I still really enjoyed the variety here too and just felt nicely worked by the end.
Overall, an enjoyable, more intermediate, lower body and core strength workout that’s full of variety.
Glutes & Core Galore is a lower body and core strength focused workout. The routine consists of five rounds of 5 or 6 strength exercises using dumbbells, gliding devices and a stability ball.
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Glutes & Core Galore is 54 minutes long and originally aired on 30th September 2021 (#364). The workout starts with a 6:30 minute warm-up, before moving into the first round.
Deadlifts – two 15# Dbs (I used 20’s) – 12 reps
Step out sumo squats – one 15# Db – 20 reps
Static lunge – two 15# Dbs – 4 sets of 8 reps
Side slide lunge – one 15# Db & one gliding device – 24 reps each side
Mountain climbers – two gliding devices – 64 reps
Single leg deadlift – two 12# Dbs (I used 15’s) – 12 reps each side
Close grip sumo squats – two 15# Dbs (I used 1x 35#) – 16 reps & 4x 1.5’s
Touch down lunge & knee lift – one 10# Db – 10 reps (Db reaching overhead) & 7 reps (Db to shoulder) – 1st side. 10 reps & 9 reps – 2nd side.
Warrior slide lunge – one gliding device – 12 reps each side
Plank tap (toe to outside shoulder) / cross under (in plank slide 1 leg across under body) – two gliding device – 8x tap & 4x cross under each side
Deadlifts – two 15# Dbs (I used 20’s) – 12 reps (3/1 count)
Squat toss – one 10# Db – 40 reps
Rear slide lunge – two 10# Dbs & one gliding device – 16 reps each side
Alternating side lunges (reaching 1 Db to outside foot) – two 12# Dbs – 16 reps
Plank knee-ins & tap outs (in plank; bring knees in under body (1 at a time) & out; then slide 1 leg out to side & then other & back in) / plank jacks – two gliding devices – 6 sets & 6x jacks
Front lunges / diagonal lunges – two 12# Dbs – 8x front & 8x diagonal on each side
Crossback slide lunges – two 10# Dbs & one gliding device – 16 reps each side
Plank ball circles (on knees w/ wrists on ball) – ball & mat – 12 reps each direction
1 Leg straight raise (ball on foot) – ball & mat – 40 reps & hold each side
Bird dog variation (ball on shins) – ball & mat – 16 reps & 6 reps (w/ straight leg lift) each side
Hamstring roll-ins – ball & mat – 32 reps (both legs & 1 leg)
Ball exchange (passing ball from between feet to hands) – ball & mat – 14 reps
Side leaning outer thigh lifts – ball & mat – 76 reps (1st side) & 80 reps (2nd side)
Windshield wipers (lower straight legs down to 1 side then other w/ ball between ankles) – ball & mat – 10 reps
Ball knee squeeze – ball & mat – 43 reps & 32 reps (fast)
Reverse crunch (ball on shins) – ball & mat – 32 reps & 4x 3 pulses
The workout ends with a 3 minute cool down and stretch.
If you liked this workout, check out my review of Cathe Live: Give Me More Legs & Core (#254) – HERE.
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