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Cathe Live Review: Supercuts w Cardio Blasts (#53)

Cathe Live Review: Supercuts w Cardio Blasts (#53)

Supercuts w Cardio Blasts is a fun, metabolic cardio and strength workout that’s packed with variety.

This workout is based on Cathe’s XTrain: Supercuts DVD, however that routine does not include cardio blasts. For some reason I never really liked the DVD, although I know many people love it. I found many of the exercises a little awkward and just didn’t like the flow for some reason. This workout, however, I do love – it’s fairly quick at only 46 minutes and has so much variety that the time just flies by. The moves are all easy to do and many are familiar from the DVD plus the addition of the cardio blasts is really good to get the heart rate a little higher.

The routine is a mix of cardio blasts and metabolic strength exercises. The whole workout moves quickly, from one thing to the next, and given that most of the strength moves are also compound moves you get a pretty good cardio effect throughout. I felt nicely worked by the end and as you are incorporating lots of different equipment, it also challenges the body in different ways.

The cardio blasts are just one move repeated for a set number of reps, such as, apple pickers. You only do one set of each, unless they need to be repeated on the other side of the body. These get your heart rate up nicely but are not too tough. There are also not that many blasts as the routine is more metabolic strength.

The strength exercises use dumbbells, gliding devices, resistance tubing, resistance loop and your own bodyweight to get the job done.They are not too high rep but enough to start feeling it. This definitely isn’t the toughest routine but it is a really fun one to get you moving. Cathe used fairly light weights and I did increase on a few but as you are moving quite quickly I found what I used worked well for me. I did however, substitute dumbbells for the tubing in a few places, such as, overhead tricep extensions, as I find them awkward with the band (shown below).

Overall, this is a highly enjoyable and varied cardio and metabolic strength workout. A great routine to get you moving without completely wiping you out.

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The Workout

Supercuts w Cardio Blasts is a cardio and metabolic strength workout.

What You Need to Know

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

The Moves

Supercuts w Cardio Blasts is 46 minutes long and originally aired on 28th May 2015 (#53). The workout starts with a 4 minute warm-up, before moving straight into the first cardio blast. Cardio moves shown in bold italics below.

  • Apple pickers – 32 reps

  • Squat & press – two 10# Dbs – 17 reps

  • Lateral walks w bicep curl to O/H press – two 10# Dbs & resistance loop (around ankles) – 8 sets

  • 1 Arm clean & press – one 10# Db (I used 1x 12) – 12 reps each side

  • Lateral skates – 32 reps

  • Functional core rotation – resistance tubing – 12 reps (1st side) & 16 reps (2nd side)

  • Squat kick, squat lunge – two 5# Dbs – 8 reps

  • Front swing & 1 arm lat pull down – one 10# Db (I used 1x 12) – 8x swing only, 8x singles & 4x 3’s

  • Squat kick, squat lunge (other leg) - two 8# Dbs – 8 reps

  • Alternating side lunge (circling Db overhead) – one 8# Db – 20 reps

  • Turning jump squats – resistance loop (around ankles) - 24 reps

  • Squat thrust & plank push-ups – two gliding devices – 7 sets

  • Marching sumos - one 12# Db (I used 1x 15) – 40 reps

  • Chest flys (place band under foot, chest press arms high – resistance tubing (I used 2x 10# Dbs instead) – 14 reps

  • Row & arrow lunges (lunge forward, bringing Db beside front foot, row Db back as you stand & raise front knee) – one 8# Db – 16 reps (1st side) & 18 reps (2nd side)

  • Plank sit-outs – mat - 12 reps

  • Plank knee outs (bringing knee to elbow) – mat - 16 reps

  • Alternating forward leaning lunges (knee to elbow) – 16 reps

  • Alternating forward leaning lunges (touch the floor on either side of front foot) – 16 reps

  • Bicep curls – two 8# Dbs & resistance tubing (I used 2x 12# Dbs only) – 12 reps

  • Single leg deadlifts (you are still holding tubing from above) – resistance tubing – 12 reps

  • Bicep curls – two 8# Dbs & resistance tubing (I used 2x 12# Dbs only) – 12 reps

  • Single leg deadlifts (other leg) – resistance tubing – 12 reps

  • Crossback lunges – two gliding devices – 10x 3 pulses, 10x singles & 2x 15 pulses

  • Overhead tricep extensions - resistance tubing (I used 2x 10# Dbs only) – 18 reps

  • Sprint shooters - 16 reps each side

  • Rear lunges & hammer curls – two 10# Dbs & gliding device – lots of reps (pulsing w/ no arms, 3 curls, 1 arm etc)

  • Windmills – two 5# Dbs (I used 8’s) – 12 reps each side

  • Front lunge & rear delt fly / rear lunge & lateral arc – two 8# Dbs – 2 sets (8x front lunge & 4x rear lunge)

  • Rear delt core combo (tubing around feet & crisscrossed in hands, lean back & sit-up pulling band apart) – resistance tubing & mat – 16 reps

  • Total body complex (on all 4’s, Db in 1 hand, & other leg extended straight out, fly Db out to side while lifting opposite leg) – one 5# Db & mat – 2 sets – 10 & 12 reps / 12 & 12 reps

  • V-ups (start in modified boat pose then lean back bringing arms out then sit back up into boat pose bringing arms in) – mat – 16 reps

The workout ends with a 3:30 minute cool down and stretch.

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Jul 02, 2020

A great workout, my new Live favourite. I also do not use bands with weights--- it's one or the other.

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