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Cathe Live Review: Low Impact Cardio Sweat Plus Core (#319)

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Cathe Live Review: Low Impact Cardio Sweat Plus Core (#319)

Low Impact Cardio Sweat Plus Core is a really fun cardio workout mixed with a little bit of metabolic strength work. I really enjoyed this routine and the time flew by. This is exactly what I needed today as I wasn’t feeling great and wanted to get some movement into my day without going crazy. This was perfect, as it’s not a tough routine but it’s a good length and I felt nicely worked by the end.


The workout consists of eight rounds of two cardio drills and one metabolic strength exercise, using light weights. The cardio intervals also sometimes includes the use of the dumbbells as well, to increase the intensity a little more. However, none of the moves are done for too long or too quickly so it’s definitely not a high intensity workout. The cardio moves are all very familiar Cathe low impact moves, such as, zig zag puddle jumpers, galloping jacks and hi-lo punches. Most are only done for one set but a few are done for two sets. As mentioned, they are not high rep but just enough to get the heart rate up a little higher.


The metabolic strength exercises are a combination of a few moves put together, such as, cross tap lunge and curl press. I really liked this format, as it keeps it more interesting when you are doing several different moves rather than one over and over. There are a total of four of these combinations and you run through these once before starting over again with two different cardio drills before each one.


Cathe used 5 to 10 pounds, for her dumbbell weights, although she encourages you to go heavier, if you want to. She mentioned she designed this to be more of a cardio workout and that is why she is using lighter weights. As I also wanted more cardio than strength today, I used the same weights as Cathe and this worked nicely for me. However, in future I would also probably try it with heavier weights too, as the pace is nice and controlled, and you are not rushing through the moves. The rep range is generally between 10 – 12 reps, for the strength moves, so you are getting a more metabolic effect rather than true strength training.


The workout ends with a quick core section on the mat. This consists of six different exercises – all of which are new moves for Cathe. I found a few of these a little awkward, such as, the glute squeeze with overhead press and the bear crawl planks but I guess they will get easier with practice. It wasn’t the toughest core section but did provide some different challenges.


Overall, a really fun cardio and metabolic strength workout that is great for a lighter day or when you want to keep it low impact.

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The Workout

Low Impact Cardio Sweat Plus Core is a cardio workout with a little bit of metabolic strength work mixed in. The routine consists of eight rounds of two cardio and one metabolic strength move, and ends with a short core section on the mat.

What You Need to Know

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

The Moves

Low Impact Cardio Sweat Plus Core is 49 minutes long and originally aired on 22nd October 2020 (#319). The workout starts with a 6 minute warm-up, before moving into the first cardio interval. Cardio drills shown in bold italics below.

  • Zig zag puddle jumpers – mat – 2 sets of 11 reps

  • Football runs (run forward & back down mat; touching fingertips to mat at each end) – mat – 15 sets

  • Rear lunge, upright row & deadlift – two 10# Dbs – 10 sets (1 rep of each move equals 1 set)

  • Lateral shuffles (putting down & picking up Dbs at each end) – two 5# Dbs – 27 reps

  • 3 Lateral steps (across mat) & lift up on toes – mat – 14 reps

  • Cross tap lunge & curl press – two 10# Dbs – 12 sets (1 rep of each move equals 1 set)

  • Forward leaning lunges – 32 reps

  • Galloping jacks – 24 reps each side

  • Single leg deadlift & front raise – two 10# Dbs – 12 sets (1 rep of each equals 1 set)

  • Hi-lo punches (lifting on toes) – 32 reps each side

  • Fred Astaire – 52 reps

  • 2x Rotational 1 arm overhead press & 3x squat pulses – two 10# Dbs – 12 sets

  • Lean back & volley forward – 24 reps

  • Squat thrust to surfer jump – 24 reps

  • Rear lunge, upright row & deadlift – two 10# Dbs – 10 sets (1 rep of each move equals 1 set)

  • Apple pickers – 2 sets of 32 reps

  • Squat abductions (lifting on toes) – 40 reps

  • Cross tap lunge & curl press – two 10# Dbs – 12 sets (1 rep of each move equals 1 set)

  • 3 Rope climbs & 1 elbow smash – 8 sets each side

  • Bob & weave travels – one 8# Db – 16 reps

  • Single leg deadlift & front raise – two 10# Dbs – 12 reps (1 rep of each equals 1 set)

  • Mountain climbers – 30 reps

  • Step together & jab – two 5# Dbs – 16 reps

  • 2 Lateral hops & jab – 16 reps

  • 2x Rotational 1 arm overhead press & 3x squat pulses – two 10# Dbs – 12 sets

Core on mat at 39:10 minutes

  • Leg swings in ‘U’ (leaning back & swing legs together in a U shape w/ arms out to the side) – mat – 26 reps

  • Glute squeeze w/ overhead press (bridge hips up & down then crunch up pushing Db overhead) – one 10# Db & mat – 25 reps

  • Straight leg scissors (leaning back; torso off ground & arms crossed; flutter straight legs) – mat

  • Sit-up & twist (sit-up & set Db down to 1 side; lay back; sit-up & move Db to other side) – mat – 12 reps

  • Bear crawl plank – (toe taps in bear crawl position) – mat – 27 reps

  • Pendulum swings in plank (in straight arm plank; swing leg out from one side to other w/ little hop in between. Modification - plank & tap toe out to each side) – mat

The workout ends with a 2:30 minute cool down and stretch. Cathe didn’t really stretch out the upper body so I added a few extra stretches on the end.

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If you liked this workout, check out my review of Cathe Live: Low Impact Cardio Muscle (#292) – HERE.


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