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Cathe Live Review: Spooktacular Boo-tcamp (#271)

Updated: Nov 16, 2019

Cathe Live Review: Spooktacular Boo-tcamp (#271)

Spooktacular Boo-tcamp is a really fun cardio and strength workout. This was filmed on Halloween and so everyone in the class, including Cathe, is dressed up in amazing costumes. There’s even someone dressed as one of the characters from the Avatar movie (Janet - 3rd from the left above) - in full blue make-up! How they managed to do burpees while all dressed up I can’t even imagine…

Cathe is dressed as a drill sergeant (and looks amazing as usual) for this spooky bootcamp. She maintains the Halloween theme throughout so there are lots of Halloween inspired references and all of the equipment / exercises have their own creepy titles, such as, ghost buster burpees and mummy mountain climbers! I found it highly entertaining and you can’t help but smile all the way through.

The workout itself consists of seven rounds. The first six rounds include at least one cardio move plus a few strength moves for the upper and lower body or core. The final round includes strength work only and is more focused on the core. This isn’t the most intense routine but I did get a good workout and really enjoyed it. Cathe does give you slightly longer breaks between some of the exercises and so I just shuffled during these to keep my heart rate up a little more.

The cardio moves are a mix of different moves, sometimes using a resistance loop or gliding devices and sometimes no equipment at all. These are not too high rep but just enough to get you breathing a little harder before moving onto something else.

The strength exercises are often compound moves and so you are working multiple muscle groups at one time and this helps to keep the heart rate up a little higher. They are not high rep or very comprehensive but did provide some light toning and kept the workout more metabolic. There were a few moves though that were more challenging, including the push-ups and monster core walks, at the end, as you do 30 reps of these! Cathe’s weights were fairly light and I did increase on a few (see below) and would probably increase a little more in future too.

Overall, this is a highly enjoyable bootcamp workout that will provide a nice challenge without completely exhausting you. The time just flies by as you are having so much and smirking at all of Cathe’s ‘halloweeny’ comments!

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The Workout

Spooktacular Boo-tcamp is a cardio and strength bootcamp workout consisting of seven rounds. Cathe used light to moderate ‘haunted’ hand weights, a ‘frightening’ fitness loop (medium tension resistance loop), two ‘ghoulish’ gliding devices and a ‘howling’ fitness mat for this routine.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 48 mins. Equipment needed: 5 – 15# dumbbells (I also used 20’s), two gliding devices, a medium tension resistance loop & a mat. Optional: Lifting gloves. Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 3/5. Coordination: 2/5

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

The Moves

Spooktacular Boo-tcamp is 48 minutes long and originally aired on 31st October 2019 (#271). The workout starts with a 5 minute warm-up before a quick water break and then starting the first round. You will need your resistance loop for the first exercise so make sure that it is handy. Cardio moves shown in bold italics below.

Round 1

  • Jacks / 4 twist travel & 4 jacks – resistance loop – 16 reps (jacks) & 6 sets (twist & jacks)

  • ‘Scary’ squat & 1 arm press / 3 pulse squats & 1 arm press / squat & both arms press – two 10# dumbbells – 8 reps / 4 reps / 10 reps

  • ‘Batty’ bicep curls – two 12# dumbbells (I used 15’s) – 3 sets of 8 point drop curls

  • ‘Dead’ lifts – two 15# dumbbells (I used 20’s) – 15 reps

Round 2

  • ‘Ghost Buster’ Burpees – 10 reps

  • ‘Petrified’ pulsing static lunges – two 12# dumbbells – 31 reps (1st side) & 38 reps (2nd side)

  • ‘Creepy’ crab kicks – mat – 45 reps

  • ‘Monster’ marching sumos – one 15# dumbbell – 37 reps & 32 reps

  • ‘Spider’ plank (in straight arm plank, tap foot to outside of shoulder) – mat – 24 reps

Spider Plank

Round 3

  • Disc jacks / swim lunges – two gliding devices – 40 reps (jacks), 32 reps (swim) & 32 reps (jacks)

  • ‘Lurking’ lateral raises – two 5# dumbbells – 4 sets of 4x singles & 2x 1.5’s

  • Plank jacks – resistance loop & mat – 3 sets of 8 reps (with 4 marches in between)

Round 4

  • ‘Mummy’ mountain climbers – mat – 3 sets of 16x feet straight in & 16x toes in

  • ‘Dreadful’ rear delt flys – two 10# dumbbells – 2 sets of 7 reps, 3 reps & 2x singles

  • ‘Screaming’ side slide pick up lunges – one 10# dumbbell (I used 1x12) & one gliding device – 20 reps each side

  • ‘Decomposed’ drop set push-ups – mat – 8 reps, 7 reps & 6 reps

Mummy Mountain Climbers

Round 5

  • ‘Headless horsemen’ galloping jacks – 28 reps (1st side) & 32 reps (2nd side)

  • ‘Frightening’ firewalkers (side steps) – resistance loop – in 4’s, 2’s & singles

  • ‘Skeleton’ squat toss – one 10# dumbbell – 3 sets of 16 reps

  • ‘Fangy’ front raises (palms facing down & upwards) / angled rear delt raises (palms facing back & front) – two 5# dumbbells – 2 sets of 4 reps in each position

Round 6

  • ‘Rotten’ apple pickers – 32 reps

  • ‘Goblin’ gliding rear lunges – two 10# dumbbells & two gliding devices – 8 reps (alternating), 2x 8 reps, 2x 6 reps, 2x 4 reps & 4x singles (alternating)

  • ‘Tombstone’ tricep push-ups (on knees) – mat – 12 reps (2/2 count)

  • ‘Coffin’ curls (bicep curls) – two 12# dumbbells (I used 15’s) – 24 reps (8 reps, 4x 1/3, 4x 3/1 & 8 reps)

Tombstone Tricep Push-Ups

Round 7

  • ‘Cemetery’ supermans (arms extended front, side & bent) – resistance loop (around ankles) & mat – 48 reps

  • ‘Skull crushers’ (lying tricep extensions) – two 10# dumbbells & mat – lots of reps with different tempos

  • ‘Out of the grave’ ankle grabber sit-ups – mat – 24 reps

  • ‘Monster’ core walks – mat – 30 reps

Monster Core Walks

The workout ends with a 2 minute cool down and stretch.

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Aug 21, 2021

Enjoyable intermediate workout: the weights aren't too heavy and the reps are sane.

My modifications: skipped the burpees, added

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