Cathe Live: Low Impact Cardio Compound Training

#244 Low Impact Cardio Compound Training is an awesome workout! Not sure exactly how to classify it but I used it as cardio conditioning rather than strength and it was intense. Short but intense. I got more intense cardio from some of the compound strength moves than I did from the cardio moves! And no jumping except #13 below (squat thrust)–other than that this is entirely low impact. You can add a hop to some of the cardio moves if you wish but it isn’t necessary to get an intense workout. The workout starts alternating low impact cardio exercises with compound metabolic strength exercises then it transitions into compound metabolic strength work only. The workout ends with some push ups. And as usual, the form in this class is horrendous. I hate to seem mean but seriously–if you can’t do a push up on your toes–drop to your knees! Please! Do a clean push up, whatever variation/modification you have to use. What is the point of doing it if you aren not really doing it? If it is important to you to do push ups on your toes, work your way up. Try one or two and when your form deteriorates, drop to your knees! That is how you build the strength to do more on your toes. If you need proof–see the 90 Day Challenge I completed. I started entirely on my knees and worked my way up to over 100 push ups on my toes (with good form!) in the course of a single workout. It is doable.

You can do Cathe’s live workouts by subscribing to her streaming site or purchasing the individual downloads. Here is a video clip of this workout.

Low Impact Cardio Compound Training is 41 minutes; 5 minute warm up and 2:30 minute stretch. Equipment: 5-15 pound dumbbells and a fitness mat.

  1. Squat abductions (wide squat, pushing hands down between legs and when you come out of squat, raise one leg to side while pushing arms overhead, alternate legs)
  2. Front lunge into knee raise, remain on same leg while also doing alternating hammer curls (Cathe is using 5# DBs)
  3. Line taps (sumo squat side to side while reaching fingertips down to floor between legs when squatting)
  4. Squat with overhead press to pattern: one single arm overhead press + one single arm overhead press (other arm) + double arm overhead press; changes to double arm squat press only (Cathe is using 10# DBs)
  5. Staying low, squat, side lunge w/ punch, squat, side lunge w/ punch (other side)–jumping with each move
  6. Squats (Cathe is using 15# DBs)
  7. Puddle jumpers w/ lift (lower into partial squat and do 3 wide side to side steps then with legs together, push up onto toes in a low impact hop while pushing 5# DBs overhead)
  8. Deadlifts (Cathe is using 15# DBs; I used 25# DBs)
  9. Side lunge into side leg lift 3x before changing to other side, reaching one DB down toward opposite foot when lunging, when raising leg to side push both DBs overhead) (Cathe is using 5# DBs)
  10. Walk out/Walk in planks (lower hands to floor while also stepping one foot back, step other foot back so you are in plank, step first foot back in then the second foot and stand; alternate lead leg)
  11. Alternating reverse lunges, while in lunge do a hammer curl to overhead press; changes to 3 overhead head presses each time you are in lunge; changes to one single arm hammer curl to overhead press while in lunge, alternate arms when alternating legs; changes to 3 single arm overhead press while in lunge (Cathe is using 10# DBs)
  12. Side lunge into side knee pull, circle arms down when lunging and circle them overhead and down to knee during knee pull
  13. Squat thrust and while in plank, bring one leg up, tapping foot outside of same side hand, repeat on other leg, return to plank, jump feet in to hands and stand
  14. 3 alternating cross-back/curtsy lunge + one sweeper/supination curl; changes to alternating curtsy lunges with a sweeper curl between each lunge; changes to holding in curtsy lunge and doing 2 hammer curls, alternate sides; (Cathe is using 10# DBs)
  15. Squat with single arm overhead press (Cathe is using one 15# DB)
  16. One deadlift + 2 calf raises with alternating single arm upright rows; single arm upright rows change to double arm upright rows; changes to upright rows only (no calf raises and no deadlifts) (Cathe is using 12# DBs)
  17. Straight arm side/front raises with calf raises (raise one arm to side and one to front, alternate sides) (Cathe is using 5# DBs)
  18. Scarecrows with single leg hamstring curl (Cathe is using 5# DBs)
  19. Crab kicks (in crab, alternate doing a shallow tricep dip then touch hand to opposite foot, alternate sides)
  20. Get on all 4s holding a DB in one hand, opposite leg is extended straight behind you, lift straight arm holding DB while also raising straight opposite leg (Cathe is using one 5# DB)
  21. Tripod tricep kickbacks (in plank, do one arm tricep kickbacks) (Cathe is using one 10# DB; I used one 8# DB)
  22. Lay on back and do pull overs while also bringing knees into chest and extending legs out straight a few inches off floor; changes to chest flys with same leg movement (Cathe is using 8# DBs; I used 10# DBs)
  23. Plank squats (in straight arm plank, push glutes back to heels then return to plank–knees remain raised off ground); changes to one arm plank squats (reach one arm straight in front of you while in plank and when glutes are near heels bringing elbow to knee)
  24. Start standing, squat and place hands on floor, walk out to plank, do 4 push ups, walk hands back in so you are in squat (you never return to standing)

9 thoughts on “Cathe Live: Low Impact Cardio Compound Training

  1. That sounds like a good workout (I like squats and planks and any exercises that work my triceps which are not as toned as I’d like them to be but I do see some improvement. I just did day 1 of workout 3 for 30 Day Shred, challenging but fun. I yelled a lot at Jillian but it was the good kind of yelling.)

    On a more random note, just curious, since you have a gazillion workout DVDs and have purchased streaming/digital content, what do you do when the Total Fitness DVD site has a sale? I’m just curious if you make any purchases and if so, what’s on your wishlist?

    Hope you and your family and healthy and well.

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    1. Oh yeah, I still make purchases. I have a workout DVD hoarding problem. There is no real pattern to my shopping. I discovered Tracie Long and the hoarding began. I bought her DVDs where I found them the most affordable, whether new or used. Some I bought on TFDVDs, some on Amazon, and some directly from Tracie’s website when she had sales. I buy Barlates workouts from TFDVDs if I can’t find them on Amazon. I currently have nothing on my wishlist but that won’t last long. I bought a rebounder a few weeks ago and immediately purchased all of Barlates rebounder workouts and found the Urban Rebounder Extreme program on Ebay. Our metropolitan library system had a huge sale in February and I purchased 16 workout DVDs for $1 each. I haven’t even done all of the ones I purchased at last years library sale. So… yeah. I have a problem.


      1. There are way worse hoarding problems to have — at least DVDs are clean/sanitary and are actually good for you:)

        I haven’t been to a library sale in awhile, but I’d be willing to purchase workout DVDs for just a $1 because if they didn’t end up being good, no big monetary loss.

        I have one Tracie Long DVD, a FOCUS one, the one that deeply discounted on TFDVDs because of the sound glitch, I liked her personality and the exercises but the pacing was just too fast. I’ve done it few times but haven’t reached for it lately as it has a bit of the dread factor, mostly due to the fast pacing and some not great camera work at times that made it difficult for me to know what Tracy was doing with her lower body. It’s made me nervous to try her other ones.


      2. The first Tracie Long workout I tried years ago I hated and so I avoided her for years. But then in 2018 I discovered her Strong Longer workouts which I LOVE. And that’s what started me trying her workouts. I was fortunate though. My library carries a lot of her workouts so I was able to try many before I purchased them.


      3. My library (which has been closed and is currently closed for at least the next few weeks) has no Tracie Long videos 😦 I’ll look into her STRONGER LONGER workouts — hopefully I can find some good long preview clips online.

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      4. I’m sure TFDVD does have the clips but sometimes I need more than just a 3 – 5 minute clip to really get a feel for a 30 – 60 minute workout……. Not always, though. The clip for 30MTF Body Shop was enough to get me really excited for that workout program. I *finally* ordered it (along with Push-Ups & Abs by Ilaria) and I can’t wait for them to arrive — traveling/delivery is taking a bit longer than expected, but that’s to be expected with how things are now 😦

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      5. Yes, I ordered some things from Amazon recently. I have prime and it will still take 5 days for it to arrive. My husband ordered electronics to make our working from home more productive and those items will not even ship until the end of April! Only essential items are being shipped quickly now.


      6. Over the weekend, I remember seeing on the news ticker that Amazon changed how they are prioritizing what ships out. Bummer that you have to wait over a month for your home office electronics to get shipped. I assume that your local Best Buy didn’t have what you needed for order online and pick-up outside the store.

        I’m still eagerly awaiting my two DVDs from the TFDVDs site — it’s just taking longer than usual. The package isn’t always moving and sometimes sits for a day or two in different locations. It made it to my home state yesterday (yay) so hopefully it will make its way to me soon.


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