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Cathe Live Review: Steptastic (#37)

Updated: Nov 14, 2019

Cathe Live: Steptastic

Cathe Live Review: Steptastic (#37)

Steptastic is an enjoyable and fun cardio step routine with blasts sprinkled throughout.

The workout consists of three step combos with a variety of step and floor blasts mixed in. Each combo is built up gradually so you have time to learn the steps before putting the moves together. Each combo is repeated lots of times too so you will definitely be familiar with them by the end. The combos are fairly dancey with several turns and moves going over and across the step. The choreography is not too complex though and if you are familiar with Cathe’s other step workouts then the moves won’t be too difficult to pick up.

Each combo is repeated at least four times through, once completed, and you then join the first and second combos together. These are then repeated, a number of times, with cardio blasts in between before moving onto the third combo. Once completed you then put all three combos together with cardio blasts included.

The cardio blasts are straight forward moves and often involve jumping jacks, in between, so these will definitely get your heart rate up. This definitely wasn’t the most intense routine but I did get a nice cardio workout.

The workout ends with a cool down using the step. The step tapping and turning move here took me a little while to wrap my head around but I managed to get it right for the second side! As with all step routines, be patient with the moves and just have some fun along the way.

Overall, this was a fun cardio workout that will get your heart rate up and provide a nice challenge for both body and mind!

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The Workout

Steptastic is cardio step routine consisting of three combos and various step and floor blasts. Cathe used a full size step with one riser on each side. You could always increase the step height further, if you want more of a challenge.

What You Need to Know

What you need to know: Instructor: Cathe Friedrich. Length: 46 mins. Equipment needed: A full size step with one riser on each side. Fun Factor: 4/5. Sweat Factor: 3/5. Coordination: 3/5

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

The Moves

Steptastic is 46 minutes long and originally aired on 5th February 2015 (#37). The workout starts with a 4:30 minute warm-up using the step. The step, with one riser on each side, is set up horizontally in front of you at the start of the workout. You will need to make sure you have space all around your step for this routine. 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 blasts are sometimes performed while you are learning the combo or after you have the final combo.

Combo 1

  • Mambo cha cha x3 (on floor), pivot turn, mambo cha cha x3 (on floor), pivot turn

  • V on step & V on the floor, shuffle, 2 V-steps, V on step & V on the floor, shuffle, 2 V-steps

  • Slow V on step, close & exit, 2 side ups (jumping)

  • Insoles around each corner of the step (3rd one hesitates)


  • Abductions (pushing up in place) – 4’s, 2’s & singles

  • Jacks (turning) / Power 7’s

Repeat Combo 1 twice more

Quick water break at 17:00 minutes

Combo 2

  • Rock horse on the corner of step, turn & A-step x2

  • Knee off back of step, long hop turn, knee straddle, knee straddle

  • Reverse V step x2, knee off side of step, ‘drop & pop’ x3 (3x leg abductions pushing arms up)

  • Reverse V step x2, knee off side of step, ‘drop & pop’ x3 (3x leg abductions pushing arms up)

Blast (in middle of learning combo)

  • Squat drop & pop x3 (leg abductions – jumping)

Quick water break at 23:35 minutes

  • Jacks

Combo 1 & 2 together (two times each)


  • Squat pendulum x4 & cha cha across step x4, tap off side of step (jumping) x8, abductions (facing front) x7, mambo cha cha, walk around step & repeater

  • Squat pendulum x2 & cha cha across step x2, tap off side of step (jumping) x4, abductions (facing front) x3, mambo cha cha & 2 step knee

  • Squat pendulum x1 & cha cha across step, squat pendulum, tap off side of step (jumping) x4, abductions (facing front) x3, mambo cha cha x2, step knee & march

Combo 1 & 2 together (two times each)

Combo 3 (you go straight into Combo 3 at 31:52 minutes)

  • V-step (on step), V-step on angle of step & floor, pivot turn, step knee

  • Grapevine down the step, lateral hop across the step (lengthwise), turn & shuffle down the step x2

  • Power knees around each corner of step (knee straddle, 2 knees, 3 knees straddle & 4 knees – jumping)


  • Jacks

Combo 1, 2 & 3 together (two times each) at 37:38 minutes

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

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Jun 04, 2020

Day Two: much better. I still struggle with my feet landing in the right place in combo 2, but I moved on, learned 3, and completed the workout in less time than yesterday. Learned some new moves!! Yesss. Im glad I stuck it out another day to really "get it."


Jun 03, 2020

This was pretty dancy, but im not an experienced stepper with choreography. It took me 65 minutes just to learn the first 2 combos, and I still can't "get" the knee shuffle, Knee shuffle from combo 2. It's not max intense so it wasn't a horrible workout day. I will revisit this tomorrow. I will try again.

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