Cardio Sculpt is part of Linda @ Barlates Gentle Home Workout Series. I really enjoyed this workout. I have enjoyed all of Linda’s Gentle Home Workouts but this one may be my favorite so far. I use these workouts as recovery day workouts. I just read over my review for her Gentle Home Workouts: Combinations and I could pretty much say the same thing about this workout. It’s not a beginner workout but I do think it is accessible to beginners. Linda does suggest modifications for some of the moves. It is more intermediate level but unlike many of Linda’s advanced workouts she does not rep you out. But I never felt like she was skimping on reps either. I felt well worked and even started to get a burn in whatever muscle group Linda was working by the end of the exercise. This workout is a low impact workout. It worked me nicely but also left me feeling really good at the end. Even though you are using light hand weights, they are only to increase the intensity of the short cardio intervals, so I would categorize this as a metabolic bodyweight strength workout. I am loving the Gentle Home Workout series. They are perfect recovery day workouts. I am using them on my yoga Sundays so I have been finishing them off with an Essentrics/Classical Stretch workout. And that works well, but there are other options if you are like me and workout for an hour every morning. Linda has some other wonderful feel good workouts that would be perfect to use with these workouts to round out your hour. Her Warm & Stretch workouts (Standing, Ball, Upper, Mat). They are all less than 30 minutes (21-27 minutes) and they are even gentler than these workouts so they would work perfectly to finish these off.
There are several ways you can do Linda’s workouts. You can purchase the Gentle Home Workouts DVD like I did, you can do Cardio Sculpt for free on YouTube and you can also purchase the download from Linda. There are 4 workouts in Linda’s Gentle Home Workouts Series. This workout, Walking, Combinations and Barre.
Cardio Sculpt is 40:30 minutes; 1 minute intro, 3:45 minute warm up and 4 minute stretch. Equipment: chair, fitness mat and light hand weights. Linda is using 1 pound hand weights.
- (pick up DBs) Stand in wide stance and do alternating cross punches
- Alternating upper cuts
- Alternating hook punches
- Do a little low impact prance jog with single arm speed bag
- (set DBs aside) Rear curtsy lunge + squat bringing elbows to knees then stand while raising one knee and also reaching both arms overhead
- Keep one leg stationary, hinge forward at waist and step other leg forward and back transferring your weight into the foot that is stepping
- Knee repeaters
- Start in lunge position, cross leg back to curtsy lunge, reaching fingertips to floor then return to lunge, alternate these two lunge variations
- (pick up DBs) Fast heel jog (low impact) while punching one arm/DB to the front and to the side
- Repeat #5-8
- Shift hop side to side while punching arms/DBs forward and to sides
- In wide plie squat, do single arm high/low punches to the side while also pulse squatting; changes to both arms punching high/low to the front and sides
- Little hop jog while alternating raising and lowering arms
- Lateral skaters, punching DBs down towards feet
- (set one DB aside) Stand beside the chair, one hand on chair back, heels together and toes turned out, raise up on toes while keeping heels pressed together, lower into a partial squat and hold isometrically, reach other arm still holding DB overhead, and do side bends over chair back; add a deeper squat to the side bend
- Lower heels to floor and extend one leg out to side, same side arm/DB raised overhead, do a side knee raise while bringing same side elbow to thigh and when you lower leg do a side bend reaching arm overhead/chair back; add a pulse when knee is at thigh and extend leg out to side (toe no longer tapping floor)
- Still standing beside chair, one hand still on chair back, leg furthest away from chair is in front of you, knee bent and insole facing ceiling, arm w/ DB is raised to shoulder level with elbow facing in front of you and DB near your ear, raise bent leg while also crunching torso forward so elbow taps knee
- Repeat #15-17 on other side of body
- (set chair aside and get other DB) Wide plie squat pulses with front punches (start holding DBs beside ribs with eblows behind you, palms facing ceiling, do alternating front punches, rotating hands so palms face the floor when punching
- Stand with legs wide in a partial squat and hinge forward at waist, do tricep kickbacks while doing small squat pulses
- Curtsy lunges pulses while hinged forward and doing rear delt flys
- Repeat curtsy lunge pulses on other leg but this time arms are turned so pinky side of hand faces ceiling, hinge forward slightly and raise straight arms out to sides and pulse at top of fly while pulsing in curtsy lunge
- Keep legs in curtsy lunge position but no more pulsing, fly arms out to sides and hold, bend elbows swinging DBs to shoulders, straighten arms again then lower arms
- Stand with one leg extended on front of you, toe pointed and on floor, arms are extended in front of you at shoulder level and held stationary, do alternating bicep curls in this position bringing DB to shoulder
- Repeat #24 with other leg extended, arms in same position but this time hands/DBs are in hammer curl position (still bringing DBs to shoulders)
- Stand with feet slightly apart, heels facing each other and toes turned out, raise heels and lower into a partial squat and hold isometrically, circle arms/DBs around bringing them into goal post then bring elbows/DBs together in front of chest
- (set DBs aside) Get on all 4s, alternate one side hydrant + one back hydrant (behind you)
- Still on all 4s, extend one straight leg across other leg behind you with toes pointed, hold the leg in this position, bend knee bringing heel to glute, extend leg straight again then return leg to starting position
- Repeat #27 & 28 on other leg
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5 thoughts on “Barlates: Gentle Home Workouts/Cardio Sculpt”
I’ve narrowed my Linda/Barlates choices down to the Gentle Home and the Lazy Days workout series — both have 4 workouts per program.
I searched but didn’t come up with anything. Although there isn’t a review on your site, have you purchased the Lazy Day series or added them to your youtube playlist?
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I really like the Gentle Home workouts. I have not done the Lazy Days Workouts. I have not bought that DVD and I only have one of her Lazy Days workouts on my “need to try” playlist. Not sure when I will get to it though.
I previewed the GH and LD workouts on youtube — I didn’t watch them in their entirety but just skipped around. I’m not sure if they are exactly what I’m looking for. I’m not excited about them (although it could just be my current mood) and the walking workout for GH (I think that’s the one) I don’t like at all. I’ve been on the fence so long about Linda and I think I’m just going to need to pass. I’m not crazy that she has DVD-Rs and again sooooooooo man workouts. If I could stream it would be easier to sample her workouts and then maybe get more excited about purchasing one of her programs.
I think once my back is better, I’ll just make up my own workouts to get back in the swing of things and to be careful.