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Cathe Live Review: High Low Hiit (#31)

Cathe Live: High Low Hiit

Cathe Live Review: High Low Hiit (#31)

High Low Hiit is a fun, high energy Hiit workout that ends with a tough core section. This is the bonus premix from Cathe’s Ripped with Hiit (RwH) series that you always wanted!

This workout is based on the RwH cardio DVDs and combine a mixture of both the high and low impact moves from those workouts. The DVDs themselves only have high impact or low impact on one DVD but not together. I really loved that as you get the best of both worlds with this routine. It’s definitely not as tough as the high impact RwH Plyo DVD – that is seriously challenging but for me also has a really high dread factor. This one, on the other hand, was both fun and I still got a great workout. My heart rate was pretty elevated throughout and I was pretty drenched by the end.

This Live consists of three sections. The first alternates high and low impact Hiits using the mat, as a marker, on the floor. As I find this a trip hazard, I just did these without. All of the Hiit moves, throughout the workout, with two exceptions are repeated again before moving onto the next one. The reps are high enough to really start to get you breathing hard and the rests are just enough to catch your breath before you go all out again.

The second section uses a 10 pound dumbbell for some of the moves. Some of these were more recovery type moves, such as, corner to corner lunges etc, so my heart rate did come down a little more here. However, Cathe mixes in vertical butt kicks and one arm burpees (although I modified to both arms) and these really got it straight back up again.

The final section is a really tough core section. This is a little different to her usual core work as she starts with a sequence of continuous moves, on one side, and then after a few second break you switch to the other side. This whole section is 5:30 minutes straight so you will definitely be feeling the work here. However, the second side is not the same as the first though, as Cathe does both legs, for a lot of the moves, rather than just doing one leg. You then get a very brief rest before moving on to another exercise. I thought that would be the end of the core moves so was a little bit surprised when she just continues on. I was really struggling on those 1 arm sit-up and then you go into a walking plank series, with plank jacks, just to make sure your whole core is well and truly fried!

Overall, this was a high energy, express workout – great for days when you are short on time but still want a great cardio blast.

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The Workout

High Low Hiit is a pure cardio Hiit workout, combining both high and low impact intervals, and ending with a tough core section. Cathe used a mat for this routine.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 42 mins. Equipment needed: A mat. Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 4/5. Coordination: 1/5

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

The Moves

High Low Hiit is 42 minutes long and originally aired on 11th December 2014 (#31). The workout starts with a 6:30 minute warm-up before a quick water break and then moving into the first high impact interval.

Cardio Intervals (with the mat as a marker)

  • Half circle shuffles (shuffle, shuffle drop around the edge of the mat) – mat - 16 reps & 14 reps

  • Jump shot & 6 repeater knee – mat – 2 sets of 6 reps

  • High reaching pop squats – mat - 2 sets of 10 reps

  • Wide football runs (straddling mat & touching fingers tips to mat at each end) – mat - 2 sets of 12 reps

  • 3 Power hops forward & 2 plyo jacks (turning to other direction) – mat - 6 sets & 4 sets

Quick water break at 14:10 minutes

  • 3 Lateral skates & jump up - 10 sets

  • Snowboards – 2 sets of 16 reps

Quick water break & put mat away at 16 minutes. Get out 10# dumbbells

Cardio Intervals (with dumbbells)

  • Pivoting sumo squats – one 10# dumbbell – 16 reps & 16 reps (fast)

  • Jump forward, jump rope back, plyo jack, jump rope (2 sets) / squats in a box (2 sets) – 4 sets & 2 sets

  • Corner to corner diagonal lunges – one 10# dumbbell – 10 reps each side

  • Vertical butt kicks - 3 sets of 10 reps

  • Explosive side lunges – one 10# dumbbell – 24 reps & 20 reps

  • Grapevine & 6 power scissors – 8 sets

  • Marching sumos – one 10# dumbbell – 38 reps & 28 reps

  • 1 Arm burpees (I used both arms) – 10 reps & 8 reps

  • Travel bob & weaves – one 10# dumbbell – 2 sets of 10 reps

Quick water break, get mat out & stretch at 30:05 minutes

Core on the mat at 33 minutes

  • Crunch variations (with different leg positions etc) – mat

  • 1 Arm sit-up (lay on back, legs straight, one elbow bent & pressed into floor, other arm raised to ceiling; lift torso & reach toward ceiling, keeping other elbow anchored to floor) – mat

  • Elbow plank hold / marching / straight arm plank hold / walk down to elbow plank & plank jacks, walk up to straight arm plank & plank jacks - mat


The workout ends with a 1 minute cool down and stretch.

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If you liked this workout, check out my review of Cathe Live: Cardio Hiit Plus Core (#262) – HERE.

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May 22, 2020

Not too strenuous. Just enough workout without killing yourself.

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