I am always interested in low impact cardio workouts and just about any workout Jessica Smith creates so I gave this one a try. I didn’t realize until I started this workout that this is #2–there is a Cardio Mat Fusion #1 that I now have to try. I really enjoyed this workout but first I have to clarify that this is not a Cathe level low impact workout. This is more like one of Cathe’s more vigorous warm ups. It is still a great little workout that I enjoyed, but it isn’t super intense. This workout will give you some steady state cardio and will be easy on your joints. And it’s fun, just like most of Jessica’s workouts are. Peanut was being very needy near the end of the workout.
During this workout Jessica points out that HIIT workouts are great for you but they aren’t the only way to train. Endurance cardio such as this workout is also good for you, plus it makes you feel good and if your workouts don’t make you feel good, it’s not worth it. Life is too short to do workouts you don’t enjoy (paraphrasing). What a great message to share! One I am trying to keep in mind more these days–which is probably why I am gravitating so much toward Jessica’s workouts. I enjoy them and they really do make me feel good. I used to beat myself into the ground every single day (with my workouts). But now I am trying to balance out the intense workouts with effective yet more intermediate level workouts such as Jessica’s workouts (though she has some pretty intense ones, too). I am so glad I discovered her workouts.
Cardio Mat Fusion 2 is 35 minutes long w/ a 1:30 minute stretch. I don’t know when warm up ends and the workout begins. The workout consists of moves like plie variations, side to side squats, side leg lifts, knee pulls, alternating knee raises, rotating twists (touch toe w/ opposite hand at a brisk pace) and lots of side step variations. She does a move that is similar to Cathe’s low impact Fred Astaire move (it’s probably the most intense move in the workout). You also do some flowing chair pose variations, plank runs (alternate bending knees while in straight arm plank) and what she calls chair to plank (start in straight arm plank, bend knees pushing hips back then return to plank). The workout ends with core work: in modified boat w/ ankles crossed, raise and lower torso and legs; changes to shifting from hip to hip.