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Cathe Live Review: Low Impact Cardio Compound Training

Cathe Live - Low Impact Cardio Compound Training

Cathe Live Review: Low Impact Cardio Compound Training

Low Impact Cardio Compound Training is a fantastic express workout that provides an excellent cardio / metabolic challenge. This was a really deceptive workout - having previewed the workout beforehand and seeing it was low impact, for some reason, I was expecting this to be easier than it was. It really wasn’t easy at all! This was back to Cathe’s usual advanced level high intensity, low impact workouts, like Afterburn and Cardio Supersets, rather than the more moderate LITE (Low Impact Training Extreme) workouts (for a detailed review of the full LITE series click HERE). This routine is also in the same style as the Low Impact Series too, as it combines low impact cardio intervals with metabolic compound strength moves to really keep that heart rate elevated. I was drenched by the end of this workout and it was both challenging and fun!

The routine moves very quickly from one thing to the next - mixing cardio intervals and strength exercises. None of the moves are repeated, which means there is no dread factor, as once the move is done you are on to the next thing. All of the moves are high rep – including the cardio intervals. This means that you will be feeling the strength moves too even though you are using lighter weights. The fact that all of the strength exercises are compound too means that they stay pretty cardio-like as well. The moves are all fairly familiar and many are from Cathe’s LITE Metabolic Blast DVD (for a detailed review of that workout, click HERE).

The workout is only 42 minutes long and the time just flies by. There is so much variety that I was a little shocked when we were suddenly at the cool down. The workout uses lighter weights and I think I could have increased them on a few exercises but the nature and speed of the moves means it may be more difficult to increase too much further and still maintain the pace and reps required.

Overall, I really loved this workout. It was a really effective, fast and fun workout that will have you breathing hard and working your whole body. This is definitely one I will return to often.

(In case you are not familiar with Cathe Live - it is a streaming service from veteran fitness professional Cathe Friedrich, where she provides access to her live classes filmed at her gym in Jersey. Currently, there are over 230 workouts available in the archive, which you can access at any time and a new class is recorded nearly every week. More details are provided at the end of this article).

The Workout

Low Impact Cardio Compound Training is a low impact cardio / metabolic workout that consists of cardio intervals mixed with compound total body exercises.

What You Need To Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 42 mins. Equipment needed:  5-15# dumbbells & a mat. Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 4/5. Coordination: 2/5

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

The Moves

Low Impact Cardio Compound Training is 42 minutes long and originally aired on 11th April 2019. The workout starts with a 5 minute active warm-up before moving straight into the first cardio interval.

  • Lifted abductions

Lifted Abductions

  • Front lunge with hammer curls & knee lift – two 5# dbs

  • Line Taps

  • Squat press (single arm & both arms) – two 10# dbs

  • Squat lunge combo – punching across body

Squat Lunge Combo

  • Squats – two 15# dbs

  • 3 Lateral skates & 1 lift (pushing dumbbells overhead) – two 5# dbs

  • Deadlifts – two 15# dbs

  • Side lunge & abduction with overhead press – two 5# dbs

  • Step back to plank, jump in & stand

  • Rear Lunge, curl, press – two 10# dbs

  • Swinging elbow to knee lunges

  • Step back to plank & toe taps to each hand, jump in and stand

  • Crossback lunge & sweeper curls / crossback lunge & 3 hammer curls – two 10# dbs

Crossback lunge & Sweeper curls

  • Squat & 1 arm overhead press (power press) – one 15# db

  • Deadlift & upright row with calf lifts (single arm & both arms). Ends with just upright rows – two 12# dbs

  • Front & side lateral raise (1 arm to front & 1 arm to side – alternate sides) with calf pumps – two 5# dbs

Front & Side Lateral Raise

  • Scarecrow lifts with hamstring curls – two 5# dbs

  • Crab kicks

Crab Kicks

  • Prone total body complex – on hands & knees lift one arm out to side (lateral raise) while lifting opposite leg – one 5# db

  • Plank tricep kickbacks – one 10# db

  • Pullovers with leg extensions – two 15# dbs

  • Chest flys with leg extensions – two 15 # dbs

  • Piston planks (in bear crawl position – rock hips back & forward reaching arm forward & back)

Piston Planks

  • Bear crawl walk & 4 push-ups (4 sets)

The workout ends with a 3:30 minute cool down and stretch.

Take Action

Try it today! Cathe Live is a streaming service available from – you can subscribe to monthly ($9.99 pm), six monthly or yearly plans and has over 230 live workouts in the archive for you to access at any time.

If you enjoyed this workout, check out my review of Cathe’s LITE: Rev'd Up Rumble HERE.

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16 juin 2021

Lots of fun. Lots of variety. A+

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