Cathe Live Review: Ready, Set, Step (#213)
Cathe Live Review: Ready, Set, Step (#213)
Ready, Set, Step is a steady state cardio step workout. I really enjoyed this routine and worked up a nice little sweat without really going all out. This is more intermediate, in terms of intensity, but it is a really fun one to do.
The workout has three main combos and Cathe builds each one nice and slowly so you have a chance to learn the moves, before they are put together into the final combo. Cathe is using a 6” step (one riser each side) for this workout and that helps to keep it at a more intermediate level too. The choreography is a little tricky in places but it is worth persevering as once you do get it its lots of fun. The second combo I found to be the most difficult in terms of choreography. I struggled with the foot switch, on the step, & rock knee up but got there eventually! If you are familiar with Cathe’s step workouts then many of the moves will be recognisable though.
After a nice and easy step warm-up you go into the first combo. Each combo is then built up in layers and you then repeat the final combo, four times through, before taking a water break and moving on to the next combo. Cathe includes a few higher intensity intervals either in the combo, e.g. salute squats or in between combos, such as fast feet / jacks. This helps to keep the heart rate a little higher. However, overall it is definitely more steady state than anything else.
Once you have completed all three combos you take a break before putting them all together. You run through each combo two times, once on each side, before doing some kind of interval (power 7’s, fast feet etc) and then move onto the next combo. Once you finish Combo 3, you then go straight into them again from the top (two times each combo) without any intervals in between – so just one after the other – before moving into the cool down.
As always with step – this is just about having fun. Don’t worry about being perfect – just do what you can and enjoy it. Even Cathe makes mistakes, particularly in the second combo and has to follow the class’ lead instead!
Overall, this was a really nice, steady state, cardio step workout that I really enjoyed. It is definitely more intermediate but nice for a lighter day or when you don’t want to go all out.
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Ready, Set, Step is a steady state cardio step workout consisting of three combos. Cathe and class use a full size step at 6” (one riser each side) for this routine. You can obviously increase the step height, if you prefer.
What You Need to Know
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Ready, Set, Step is 44 minutes long and originally aired on 30th August 2018 (#213). The workout starts with a 6:30 minute warm-up, using the step, before moving straight into the first combo. The step is set up, with one riser each side, horizontally in front of you. You will need to make sure you have space all around your step for this workout.
Below are the finished combos but each one is built up gradually, in stages, to give you a chance to learn a few of the moves before adding on more. The final combos are each repeated four times before moving onto the next combo.
V-up on step, jump twice, tap down x2, down & jack, tap out x2
Grapevine, grapevine on an angle, shoot over the step & back, U-turn
Walk forward / back & ball change, walk all way around step
Figure 8 on corner & on floor, step knee, tap out with ball change
Quick water break (at 15:30)
Jumping jacks / fast feet
Rhythmic L, up lunge, drop squat off side of step, box step
Up & back, switch, rock – knee up, up & back, switch, rock knee up
3 knees around the corner
Step kick straddle, 2 kicks, 3 lunges
Quick water break (at 25.45)
Slow V on step, close, exit, over twice, pendulum across step, leg abductions off side of step
3 Salute squats, exit, 3 salute squats (other side), exit
2 Big scoops, 3 little scuttles on the floor
Step kick, step kick (other side)
Quick water break (at 32:40)
Put all of the combos together
Combo 1 (repeat each side)
Elbow to knee / pony around the world with party arms (one way & then the other), basics / power 7’s
Combo 2 (repeat each side)
8 Fast feet & 4 jacks (4 sets)
Combo 3 (repeat each side)
Combo 1, 2 & 3 – repeated each side with no breaks in between
The workout ends with a 3:30 minute cool down and stretch using the step and the floor.
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