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Cathe Live Review: ICE Chiseled Upper & Lower Body Blast (#85)

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Cathe Live Review: ICE Chiseled Upper & Lower Body Blast (#85)


ICE Chiseled Upper & Lower Body Blast is a fun, intermediate level, bootcamp workout that I loved. This is such an enjoyable routine and one that works you well without exhausting you.


This workout is based on Cathe’s ICE (Intermediate Conditioning Extreme) series and is a pre-mix that does not exist on the DVDs, as it combines moves from both the Lower Body Blast DVD and Chiseled Upper Body DVD. I love that Cathe makes these mixes in her Live classes, as it gives a different spin on well-loved workouts. Cathe has a number of ‘ICE’ routines in the Live archive, including ICE Total Body Compound #84 (review HERE), Icy Bootcamp #81 (review HERE) and To The Mat Legs & Icy Core #86 (review HERE) and they are all really enjoyable workouts. This one, like the others, is more intermediate in level although increasing the weights will enable you to take up the intensity a little more. This one is lower intensity than the actual DVD workouts though, as you get more rest breaks in the Live version. However, sometimes I don’t want a really intense workout and just need something that works me nicely and this is perfect for those days.

This routine consists of nine circuits. The first six circuits include one cardio blast, one lower body and one upper body strength move. Circuit 7 and 8 include one cardio blast and one lower body strength exercise and the Circuit 9 is just upper body and core (3 exercises).


The cardio blasts are all straight forward intervals that are not too high rep. These are lifted directly from the ICE DVDs and are therefore generally a little kinder than Cathe sometimes does. For some of the blasts you do one set and for others you do two sets. These got my heart rate up a little but are definitely not Hiit level.


The strength exercises again are lifted from the DVDs and are not too high rep either but just enough to start feeling the work. As Cathe went light on most exercises, I did increase on several and this worked well to give me a good workout.


Overall, this is a really nice, bootcamp style, workout that works a little bit of everything. This is great for a slightly lighter day or when you don’t want to go all out.


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The Workout


ICE Chiseled Upper & Lower Body Blast is a total body cardio and strength workout that consists of nine circuits.


What You Need to Know

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


The Moves


ICE Chiseled Upper & Lower Body Blast is 51 minutes long and originally aired on 21st January 2016 (#85). The workout starts with a 6 minute warm-up, before moving straight into the first cardio blast. Cardio moves shown in bold italics below.


Circuit 1

  • Forward in / out / back Jacks (jump wide forward, jump in, jump rope back & 4 jacks) – 8 sets

  • Lateral plie walks – two 10# Dbs (I used 12’s) – 8 sets

  • 3 Hammer curls & 3 overhead tricep extensions – two 10# Dbs (I used 12’s) – 6 sets


Circuit 2

  • Jump forward & back / 2 attacks – 8 sets & 16x attack only

  • Pulsing static lunges - one 10# Db (I used 1x 12) – 2x 15 pulses, 2x 7 pulses & 6x 3 pulses

  • Swinging military press - two 5# Dbs – 16 reps


Circuit 3

  • Lifted abductions (alternate squatting & lifting leg to side) – 41 reps

  • High rep lunge taps - one 15# Db (to put your hand on) – 48 reps

  • 6 Alternating hammer curls & 1 clutch curl – two 10# Dbs (I used 15’s) – 3 sets

  • 2 Alternating hammer curls & 1 clutch curl – two 12# Dbs (I used 15’s) – 6 sets & 4x clutch only


Circuit 4

  • Flying angel jack & 2 alternating front kicks – 16 sets

  • Step out squats (3 steps to each side) – one 12# Db (I used 1x 15) – 8 sets

  • 3 Rear delt flys / 3 upright rows / 1 shoulder shrug – two 10# Dbs – 5 sets

  • 3 Rear delt flys / 4 upright rows – two 10# Dbs – 3 sets


Circuit 5

  • Snow angel jacks - 2 sets of 10 reps

  • Crossback lunge crescent knee squats (crossback lunge, squat, crescent knee & squat) - one 10# Db (I used 1x 12) – 8 reps each side

  • Tricep push-ups – mat – 12 reps & 8 reps


Circuit 6

  • Lateral bunny hops – one 8# Db – 20 reps & 16 reps

  • Squats / deadlifts – two 15# Dbs (I used 20’s) – 6 sets (2 squat & 1 D/L) & 4x D/L & 8x squat

  • Descent push-ups (lower to count of 4, push back to child’s pose then back to high plank) – mat – 10 reps


Circuit 7

  • 3 Rope climbs & 1 elbow strike - 2 sets of 8 reps

  • Alternating back lunges – two 12# Dbs – 4 sets (2x 3 pulses & 4x singles)


Circuit 8

  • Explosive side to side lunges – 18 reps & 16 reps

  • Alternating side lunges – two 8# Dbs (I used 12’s) – 12x 2 reps (to each side) & 4x 4 reps


Circuit 9 (upper body & core)

  • Chest flys w/ leg extensions – two 10# Dbs (I used 20’s & a step) – 20 reps

  • Pullovers w/ leg extensions - two 10# Dbs (I used 2x 15 & step) – 20 reps

  • 1 Arm pullover extensions - one 10# Db (I used 1x 12 & step) – 10 reps (1st side) & 12 reps (2nd side)


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


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