Cathe Live Review: Lots Of Legs (#341)
Cathe Live Review: Lots Of Legs (#341)
Lots Of Legs is a fantastic and intense lower body strength workout. I loved this routine – it was so much fun (plus some hard work!) so the time just flew by. After not loving Cathe’s Shock Body Bootcamp yesterday (review HERE), it was so nice to do a workout I really enjoyed again!
The routine consists of four rounds of different exercises for the lower body. The first three rounds have five exercises and the last round has six, although it actually should have been seven but Cathe missed one (side lunge to calf raise) so tells you to add it in next time, as she is already into the stretch by that point. I have included it at the end of “The Moves” list below so you can pause the video after crossback lunges and add it in directly, if you want to. Each round includes a mix of weighted exercises, using dumbbells, bodyweight moves or those using the gliding device and hamstring roll-in variations or an exercise using the stability ball on the floor. I loved the variety of the different moves and I felt they targeted my lower body from all angles nicely. Technically this is supposed to be a no repeat workout and it does feel that way, as the only exercise that is repeated are hamstring roll-ins, as they are added onto the variation of that move in Round 2 and 3 as well. However, they are done at a faster pace so it is different to the tempo version in Round 1. These are definitely my favourite type of workout, as however tough a move might be you know you won’t have to do it again, which I like very much!
The strength moves are all done at a controlled pace but the nature of them means that your heart rate is pretty elevated throughout. I was pretty soaked by the end of this one too and I was definitely feeling the challenge on some of the moves. I particularly found the pulsing lunges and the outer thigh lifts, on the ball, pretty tough, particularly as the outer thigh lifts are right at the end and my legs were already pretty fatigued. Cathe used dumbbells ranging from 10 to 20 pounds but having done the routine now, I think you could easily go heavier, on many of the moves, if you wanted to. The reps are quite high but not too crazy and the pace is generally slow enough to maintain good form. The only one I felt slightly rushed on was the pick-up plie squats, as moving 20 pound dumbbells, at speed, was more difficult more from the perspective of not hitting my legs than anything else! Be aware that there are quite a few “bonuses” in this routine so Cathe, for example, says we will do 32 reps of pulsing lunges and then ends up doing 48 reps or on warrior lunges she says 8 reps and ends up doing 12! However, because of this she does also give you slightly longer rests, on those exercises, so you do have a chance to breathe and recover before going again.
Overall, an excellent, fun and challenging lower body strength workout.
(For more information about Cathe Live, how to sign up & to see all of my Cathe Live reviews, click HERE).
Lots Of Legs is a high intensity lower body strength workout consisting of four rounds of different exercises using dumbbells, a gliding device, stability ball and your own bodyweight.
What You Need to Know
(Rating scale – 1= lowest & 5 = highest).
Lots Of Legs is 49 minutes long and originally aired on 1st April 2021 (#341). The workout starts with an active 5:30 minute warm-up, before a quick water break and then moving into the first round. Make sure you have all of your equipment handy for this routine.
Static lunges – two 20# Dbs – 16 reps each side
Deadlifts (you go straight into these after the lunges) – two 20# Dbs – 16 reps
Narrow squat / wide squat – two 20# Dbs – 20 reps (alternating one of each)
Side slide lunges – two 10# Dbs & one gliding device – 12 reps each side
Hamstring roll-ins – ball & mat – 24 reps
Pulsing lunges – one 20# Dbs – 48 reps each side
Warrior lunges – one gliding device – 12 reps each side
Front squats (Dbs at shoulders) – two 10# Dbs – 24 reps
Alternating side to side lunges (staying low & not standing in middle – just glide from one side to other switching Db from hand to hand) – one 20# Db – 34 reps
Hamstring roll-in tap down (roll ball in & out then graze bottom to floor & lift up again) / hamstring roll-ins – ball & mat – 10 x tap down / 19x roll-in
2 Alternating forward lunges / 2 alternating side lunges – two 10# Dbs (I used 12’s) – 8 sets
Sumo deadlift – two 20# Dbs – 13 reps
3 Pulsing squats & rear lunge – one 10# Db (I used 1x 15#) – 10 reps
2 Squat hops & rear lunge (bodyweight only) – 10 reps
Slide back lunges – two 10# Dbs & one gliding device – 16 reps each side
Hamstring roll-in & hip bridge / hamstring roll-ins – ball & mat – 11x hip bridge / 8x roll-in
Touch down lunges – one 15# Db – 16 reps each side
Stiff leg deadlifts – two 20# Dbs – 16 reps
Pick-up plie squats (putting down & picking up Dbs) – two 20# Dbs – 40 reps
Crossback slide lunges – two 10# Dbs (I used 12’s) & one gliding device – 16 reps each side**
Outer thigh lifts (leaning on ball) – ball & mat – 48x toe pointed & 32x toe flexed each side
Straight leg lifts (ball on shin of lifting leg) – ball & mat – 64 reps each side
**Option to add in missing exercise after Crossback Lunges above (as Cathe forgets this one)
Alternating side lunge to calf raise (do side lunge; reaching 1 Db to foot; then stand in the middle & do a calf raise (arms at sides) before lunging to other side – two 12# Dbs
The workout ends with a 4 minute cool down and stretch.
Try it today! Find out more about how to subscribe and to check out all of my Cathe Live Reviews - click HERE.
If you liked this workout, check out my review of Cathe Live: Lovin’ Those Legs (#102) – HERE.
If you enjoyed this review, please share it using the links below.