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Cathe Live Review: Jingle All The Way (#277)

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

Cathe Live: Jingle All The Way

Cathe Live Review: Jingle All The Way (#277)

Jingle All The Way is a really fun cardio and strength workout that targets a little bit of everything. This class was filmed the week before Christmas so everyone, including Cathe, is dressed in festive outfits and hats.

The workout consists of four different sections – cardio, lower body, upper body and core. Each section is approx. 10 minutes or so in length with quick stretches in between. The routine starts with a fairly active warm-up, straight out of the gate, so be prepared to start moving immediately. You then move into the cardio section. This consists of really fun hi-lo type cardio, so think 80’s style cardio with lots of hopping, and a few blasts. I loved this section – there was no difficult choreography - just straight forward continuous cardio that got my heart rate up nicely. The moves include things like power scissors, up & back, knee lifts, straight leg kicks and power hops. You don’t stop at all during this section and although there are no really high impact Hiit type moves, I did find myself starting to breathe a little bit harder. You then do a quick cool down before moving onto lower body.

The lower body section is pure strength moves and is pretty metabolic, as you are moving quite quickly from one thing to the next. There are six different moves and they are all traditional strength exercises. This section is not too tough but works the legs nicely. I did start to feel the pulsing static lunges though and the squats, with the dumbbells held between the legs, were definitely more challenging than the normal front squats.

The next section is strength exercises for the upper body. These are done standing or down on the floor on a mat. For some reason, Cathe missed out working the back completely here. You do several exercises for shoulders, biceps, triceps and chest but nothing for the back. Cathe used light to moderate weights, for this section, and given the number of reps, particularly on shoulders, these worked fine for me. It definitely wasn’t the toughest upper body section though so you could heavy up more if you wanted to.

The workout ends with a short core section done on the mat with light weights. Cathe used 8 pound dumbbells and I used 10’s for most exercises. This again wasn’t the most challenging core routine but did include a nice variety of different exercises to work in the core from different angles. You finish out with a long elbow plank hold and this ends the routine nicely.

(One thing to note, Cathe unfortunately got rather distracted at the end and didn’t do a proper stretch. She just did childs pose & upward dog / downward dog and then repeated the same standing overhead bend a few times and that was it. So I just added on my own stretches at the end.)

Overall, this a really enjoyable cardio and strength routine. This definitely wasn’t the toughest workout but a nice one for a slightly lighter day when you want to work a little of everything. Cathe’s Christmas routine from 2016 – ‘Keep The Cardio Coming’ is definitely much more challenging than this one (for a detailed review click HERE).

The Workout

Jingle All The Way is a cardio and strength workout consisting of four sections – cardio, lower, upper and core. Cathe used light to moderate dumbbells and a mat for this routine.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 48 mins. Equipment needed: 5 - 15# dumbbells & a mat. Optional: Lifting gloves. Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 3/5. Coordination: 2/5

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

The Moves

Jingle All The Way is 48 minutes long and originally aired on 19th December 2019 (#277). The workout starts with an active 8 minute warm-up before moving into the cardio section. The main moves for the cardio are shown below and you are often jumping rope in between the different moves.


  • Jacks

  • 2 Heels & single swings (hopping)

  • Twists (arms high & low)

  • Twist travel & 4 jacks

  • Tap outs (hopping)

  • Heels front (hopping & rowing the arms) / knee lifts (hopping)

  • Front kicks & side kicks (hopping)

  • Front kicks moving forward & 4 pump ups moving back

  • Plyo jacks

  • 3 Power hops forward & 4 block jacks back

  • Double scissors / fast scissors / travel scissors

  • 2 Heels / single swings / knee lifts (all hopping)

  • Up & behind / up & over

  • Insoles / elbow to knee / straight leg kicks (all hopping)

  • Knee lifts with speedbag arms (hopping)

  • Jacks

  • Double scissors / fast scissors / travel scissors

  • Jacks / double jacks

  • Power scissors

  • Jogs / high knee jogs

  • Twist travel & 4 jacks

Quick water break & cool down at 17:35 minutes

Lower Body at 18:45 minutes

  • Static lunges & deadlifts – two 15# dumbbells – 16x lunges, 8x deadlifts (2/2 & 3/1 count), 16x lunges (other leg) & 8x deadlifts (2/2 & 3/1 count)

  • Alternating side lunges – two 10# dumbbells – 31 reps (fast & slow)

  • Static pulsing lunges – one 15# dumbbell – 31 reps & 15 reps each side (alternating side between sets)

  • Standing side leg lifts – 16x alternating, 16x pulsing on 1 side, 16x alternating, 16x pulsing on other side & 16x alternating

Standing Side Leg Lifts

  • Cross back lunges (alternating & on one side at a time) – two 15# dumbbells – 20x alternating, 2x 8 reps, 2x 4 reps & 2x 8 reps

  • Goblet squats (dumbbells held together between the legs) – two 15# dumbbells – 12 reps, 4x 1.5’s & 8 reps

Quick water break at 28:30 minutes

Upper body at 29:05 minutes

  • Overhead press – two 10# dumbbells – 14 reps, 4x 1.5’s & 8 reps

  • Upright rows – two 12# dumbbells – 8 reps & 4x 1.5’s

  • Bicep curls – two 10# dumbbells – 4x 1.5’s, up 4 counts, down 2, up 2, down 2, up 2, down 4 counts & 4x 1.5’s

  • Bicep curls – two 10# dumbbells (I stayed with 12’s) – 8 reps (singles), hold halfway, 3x 1/3 count & 4x 3/1 count

  • Overhead tricep extensions – two 12# dumbbells – 6 x 2/2 count & 4x 1.5’s

Overhead Tricep Extensions

  • Tricep push-ups (on knees) – mat – 8 reps (2/2 count)

  • Narrow grip chest press & bench press combo – two 15# dumbbells & mat – 10 sets (of 1 of each)

  • Push-ups (on toes) – mat – 16 reps

  • Side & front lateral raises – two 5# dumbbells – 1x 4 reps, 4x alternating, 1x 4 reps (other side), 4x alternating, 1x 4 reps & 1x 4 reps (other side)

Core on mat at 38:50 minutes

  • Chest flys & leg extensions – two 8# dumbbells (I used 10’s) & mat – 12 reps (single leg & both legs)

  • 1 Arm sit-up & overhead press – one 8# dumbbell (I used 1x 10) & mat – 4 reps on each side

  • Sit-up leg lift w weight – one 8# dumbbell (I used 1x 10) & mat – 8 reps

  • Banana hold with dumbbell – one 8# dumbbell (I used 1x10) & mat – 5 sets

banana holds

  • Sit-up & twist w knee lift – one 8# dumbbell (I used 1x10) & mat – 16 reps

  • Crunches (hands behind head & reaching towards the knees) – mat – 48 reps

  • Bike manoeuvre – mat – 40 reps

  • Seated 1 Arm V-ups (4x straight legs & 4x knees in) – mat – 16 reps each side

Seated 1 Arm V-Ups

  • Elbow plank hold - mat

The workout ends with a 1:30 minute cool down and stretch. I just added my own stretches on the end as Cathe’s was not a comprehensive stretch for this one.

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Sep 04, 2021

Whew! Fun cardio and effective weight work. Cathe jams a lot into this workout. It's pace is what makes it tiring. This is really one of her best. All of my muscles feel worked--

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