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Cathe Live Review: Lower Body Confusion (#203)

Cathe Live: Lower Body Confusion

Cathe Live Review: Lower Body Confusion (#203)

Lower Body Confusion is a cardio and strength workout focused on the lower body. What a wonderful workout this is - I absolutely loved it! It is a really nice feel good kind of workout, which gets the heart rate up and works the legs well, without completing exhausting you.

The cardio work is not the main thrust of the workout but more to keep the heart rate up a little higher. The drills are all barre-type moves with little jumps, such as, plie jumps with arm pulls and squat to side lunge with little hops. The cardio moves are not done for too long and are done generally in sets of 16 or 24 reps so you do get a little breather in between each set.

The lower body strength work is a combination of weighted, more traditional lower body exercises, barre work and exercises done with the resistance loop. This provided a really nice mix of different exercises and kept the body guessing as to what was coming next. The weights used are generally not too heavy, although as the moves are not too high rep or done at a really fast pace, you could go heavier if you wanted to. I really enjoyed the variety here and particularly felt some of the barre work, especially the push dips and high & tight moves - I found the last sets pretty tough!

Overall, this was a really nice workout that provides a variety of different types of training for the lower body and a little bit of cardio to keep that heart rate up. I really enjoyed this one and will be returning to it whenever I want something a little lighter but still want to feel the work.

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The Workout

Lower Body Confusion is a cardio and strength workout focusing on the lower body, using a variety of training modes – including lower body exercises with dumbbells, barre work and moves using a medium tension resistance loop. Cathe uses a chair for the barre work, although if you have a Fit Tower / Barre you can obviously use that instead.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 54 mins. Equipment needed:  10, 12 & 15# dumbbells, chair (or Fit Tower), medium tension resistance loop. (Optional: Lifting gloves)  Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 3/5. Coordination: 1/5

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

The Moves

Lower Body Confusion is 54 minutes long and originally aired on 28th June 2018 (#203). The workout starts with a fairly long 6 minute warm up before moving into the first cardio drill. You will need to have your chair, weights and resistance loop handy so you can easily grab them as you alternate between the different exercises. (Cardio moves are shown in bold italics below).

  • Cardio plie jumps – one hand on the chair – 2 sets of 16 reps each side

  • Lateral walks – two 10# dumbbells

  • 1 leg push dips – one 12# dumbbell & chair – 48 reps each side

  • 1 leg push dips – one 12# dumbbell & chair – 8 x 1.5’s, 4x 3pulses & 8 x 1.5’s (each side)

  • Squats – two 15# dumbbells – 16 reps

1 Leg Push Dips

  • Power scissors (optional hands on back of chair) – 3 sets of 16 reps

  • Static lunge – two 15# dumbbells – 2 sets of 8 reps each side

  • Alternating diagonal lunges – two 12# dumbbells – 20 reps

  • Firewalker jacks & touch down jumps with jump ropes – resistance loop around ankles – 4 sets

  • Side to side squats & tap outs – resistance loop around ankles

  • Walking lunges & plie squats – two 10# dumbbells – 6 sets

  • Deadlifts (2/2 count) – two 15# dumbbells – 16 reps

  • Wide stance deadlifts (3/1 count – dumbbells straight down not winged out towards the legs) – two 15# dumbbells – 16 reps

  • High & tight (toes facing forward) – chair – 3 sets of 15 pulses (8 higher / 7 lower), 1x 15 pulses (low), 4 sets of 1.5’s, 15 pulses & 2 sets of 1.5’s


  • Jumping plie squat to lunge combo – one hand on chair – 16 reps each side

  • Side lunge putting dumbbell down & picking it up (these are fast) – one 10# dumbbell – 16 reps each side

  • Crossback lunges – two 12# dumbbells – 8 sets of 3 pulses, 1x15 pulses & 16 singles

  • Straight leg pulses – chair – 32 reps (toe pointed), 32 reps (toe flexed) & 16 reps higher (toe flexed)

Straight Leg Pulses

  • Firewalker jacks – resistance loop

  • Firewalker jumping side lunges (punching arms out) & twists – resistance loop

  • Firewalkers (side steps) – resistance loop

  • Hamstring kickbacks – resistance loop & chair – 32 reps

  • Hamstring kicks (toe pointed & bring foot up towards the butt) – resistance loop & chair – 48 pulses

  • High hip pulses – chair – 32 reps to side, 5 sets moving forward & back & 16 reps to side

  • High & tight in second position (heels together) – chair – 1x 15 pulses, 4 sets of 1.5’s, 2x 7 pulses, 4 sets of 1x 3.5’s & 7x pulses

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

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This was a tough workout for me, mostly because Im always fearful and nervous about any/every LB workout. It has lots of variety-- but no gliding devices involved! Yay. I thought the cardio was a little brutal with a firewalker loop, so I'm leaving myself a note here to use the pink loop next time for cardio segments; green loop ok for the strength work.

It was fun to use my fit tower. I like Barre work a lot. Cathe doesn't kill you with reps there.

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