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Cathe Live Review: Solid Cardio Plus Hiit (#27)

Cathe Live: Solid Cardio Plus Hiit

Cathe Live Review: Solid Cardio Plus Hiit (#27)

Solid Cardio Plus Hiit is an effective and fun cardio challenge that uses no equipment. This is a really good workout and I enjoyed it very much – it is just the right intensity to really get you sweating without completely wiping you out.

The workout is a high energy mix of cardio moves and higher intensity cardio blasts. The cardio moves are a combination of hi-lo type cardio and kickboxing inspired moves. None of the moves are complex or difficult to pick up as there is no real choreography. They are just simple moves put together and repeated, several times, so you can concentrate on getting a great cardio workout instead. The cardio blasts are all familiar Hiit type moves, such as, air jacks and power hops. These are often repeated for another set. The blasts really get your heart rate up and you breathing harder. Cathe does give the option for keeping some of these lower impact although most she does high impact herself.

My heart rate stayed elevated throughout the whole workout and as there are fewer water breaks, than usual, it does not have a chance to drop too much. I also shuffled through the breaks, she did take, to keep the intensity up a little higher. There is a lot of hopping in this routine so your calves will probably be feeling this by the end. However, you can obviously opt to keep it lower impact, if you prefer.

The routine ends with, what at the time was, a preview of the upcoming Ripped with Hiit series, by showcasing snow angel jacks and Fred Astaires.

Overall, this is a high impact, high energy cardio challenge that combines elements of hi-lo cardio, kickboxing and Hiit drills. As it requires no equipment it is perfect for travel and whenever you want a quick and effective cardio workout. This is definitely one I will return to frequently.

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The Workout

Solid Cardio Plus Hiit is pure cardio workout that combines elements of hi-lo cardio, kickboxing and Hiit drills. No equipment is needed for this workout.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 45 mins. Equipment needed: None. Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 4/5. Coordination: 2/5

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

The Moves

Solid Cardio Plus Hiit is 45 minutes long and originally aired on 6th November 2014 (#27). The workout starts with a 9 minute warm-up before continuing on to higher impact cardio moves.


  • Shuffle twist (turning)

  • Shuffle jabs

  • Jump rope / pump up

  • Jacks / circle jacks

  • Low front kicks (hopping)

  • Low front kicks (moving forward) x4 / side to side kicks x4 / half jacks back x4 / circle jacks x4

  • 3 Side leaps & 1 jack

  • Knee lifts & speedbag arms (hopping)

  • 3 Power hops (forward) & hop turn (to change directions)

  • Squat digs

  • Double hops / jogs

  • 3 Rope climbs & 1 elbow strike

Quick water break at 16:30 minutes

  • 4 Jacks / 4 circle jacks

  • 3 Power hops (forward) & hop turn

  • Squat digs

  • Double hops / jogs

  • 3 Rope climbs & 1 elbow strike

  • Alternating low front kicks

  • Step, cross & side kick, cross back & pump up

  • Jacks / circle jacks / air jacks

Repeat on other side

  • Air jacks

  • Tap outs / angled tap outs / long reach lunges

  • 3 Squat pulses & side kick / squat & side kick

Quick water break at 24:17 minutes

  • Side steps

  • Scoops forward x4 & slide back x4

  • Jab, cross, reach & knee pull (jumping)

  • Shuffles

  • Jump forward & back, quarter turn jump

  • Windmills (jumping)

  • Jacks (turning) / travelling scissors

  • Jacks & jabs / jacks / circle jacks / 3 jabs & 1 jack / jacks / plyo jacks

  • Alternating front kicks / alternating side kicks

  • 2 Front kicks / 2 side kicks / 2 front kicks / 1 plyo jack

  • 3 Power hops forward & 4 block jacks back

Quick water break at 35:45 minutes

  • 3 Shuffles to side & 3 knee pulls / 3 knee pulls turning while punching

  • Side steps

  • Snow angel jacks

  • Fred Astaire’s (slower then faster)

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

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