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Cathe Live Review: Low Impact Conditioning Express (#191)

Cathe Live: Low Impact Conditioning Express

Cathe Live Review: Low Impact Conditioning Express (#191)

Low Impact Conditioning Express is a low impact cardio and strength workout. This is a really nice, quick workout that combines low impact cardio moves with compound strength moves. However, I was a little disappointed that it was so short – the actual workout (excluding the warm-up & cool down) is only 26 minutes and felt much more intermediate than Cathe’s usual low impact offerings. I barely raised a sweat and I felt it ended far too soon. I would have liked at least two or three more rounds to have felt like I got a good workout. However, for a lighter day or if you aren’t feeling too energetic then this is probably a great one to do - as I did like it a lot.

The workout consists of five rounds of one low impact cardio, often using the gliding devices, and a number of compound exercises that target lower, upper and core. There are quite a few new combinations in this routine, which I really enjoyed, and with so much variety the workout flew by. The compound exercises are done with light weights / gliding devices and are not too high rep. They, therefore, offer a nice little toning effect but nothing too strenuous with maybe the exception of the 3 sets of push-ups at the end!

As the workout was so short, Cathe compensated by doing the longest stretch and cool down I have seen in a Live workout – 5 minutes long! This seemed a little overkill for such a light workout but the stretching was nice nonetheless.

Overall, this was a much lighter, more intermediate, low impact cardio and strength workout than usual for Cathe. This is more in line with the new Low Impact Training Extreme (LITE) series, which Cathe released at the start of the year (for a full review of those workouts click HERE), rather than her more challenging Low Impact Series, for example. However it is definitely a fun routine and great for a lighter day.

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The Workout

Low Impact Conditioning Express is a cardio and strength workout consisting of five rounds of one cardio move and a number of compound strength exercises. Cathe uses light weights and gliding devices (you can use wash cloths, furniture sliders, paper plates etc) for this workout.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 37 mins. Equipment needed: 5, 8, 10 & 12# dumbbells, two gliding devices & a mat. Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 2/5. Coordination: 2/5

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

The Moves

Low Impact Conditioning Express is 37 minutes long and originally aired on 29th March 2018 (#191). The workout starts with a 5 minute warm-up before moving into the first low impact cardio move. Cardio moves shown in bold italics below.

Round 1

  • 4 Squat digs / 4 galloping jacks – 8 sets

  • Single leg deadlifts & 2 arc raises – two 8 dumbbells – 4 sets each side

  • Curtsey lunge & bicep curls with knee lift – two 5# dumbbells

  • Walk out & walk in planks

Squat Digs

Round 2

  • 4 Disc jacks & 4x 1 leg push out – two gliding devices - 8 sets

  • Disc squat jacks – two gliding devices - 16 reps

  • Back lunge into pulse squat – one 8# dumbbell – 16 reps

  • Curl to overhead tricep extension – two 10# dumbbells

  • Disc squat thrust & slow mountain climbers (toes in) – two gliding devices – 3 sets of 12 reps

Round 3

  • Line taps

  • Deadlifts & upright rows – two 12# dumbbells – 6 sets

  • Upright rows – two 12# dumbbells – 8 reps

  • 1 arm back fly & 1 arm row – one 10# dumbbell (I used 1x12) – 8 sets of singles & 2 sets of 3x fly & 1x row

  • Straight arm plank – alternating leg out to side then bring knees to chest x2 – two gliding devices


Round 4

  • Swim lunges on discs – two gliding devices – 8 sets of 8 reps

  • Back lunge & lateral raises – two 8# dumbbells – single arms & both arms

  • Rear dely flys – two 10# dumbbells – in sets of 3

  • Squat thrust & 2x push-up plank jacks – two gliding devices – 8 sets

Round 5

  • Lateral sumo squats (jumping) – 24 reps

  • Squat press – two 10# dumbbells – 8 sets of squat & 3 presses

  • Lateral side lunge circles – one 8# dumbbell

  • Push-ups – mat – 3 sets - 12, 10 & 8 reps

Push Ups

The workout ends with a 5 minute cool down and stretch.

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Mar 10, 2021

A fun, low key Lite style workout-- perfect for me to since my legs are pretty sore from yesterday's "oh my Glutes." This is a great workout when you don't want to work out.

My modifications: I didn't use the discs. I was too sore from my leg workout yesterday.

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