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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Review: Cardio Core Circuit

Cardio Core Circuit is part of Cathe's STS Shock Cardio series, which I am focused on this while taking my week off from the STS Strength Series. I did it tonight, and WOW. It's very, very tough. From beginning to end, even through the warmup, my heart was really pumping.

Let's start with the good. This video uses no equipment except an exercise mat, and if you workout on carpet, you don't even need that. Exercises are jumps, jacks, runs, hops, and more. The video is laid out such that you do three sets of cardio drills twice, then repeat the three sets. This is followed by a core set. There are five "rounds" of three cardio sets and a core set, then a stretch. The cardio really gets your heart rate up.

The cardio segments are also pretty simple in form, so if you have trouble with choreography, this is a great workout for you. I wasn't bored and the workout flew by. At 51 minutes, it's also fairly manageable for people who may be on a tight schedule. Certainly, with this much intensity, you're going to make excellent use of your time.

To me, the core segments were too difficult. I was hoping for at least one section of standard crunches, that type of thing. Like a couple of other segments of other Cathe videos, when things get too hard, it is actually a negative because I get frustrated and feel like I can't attempt it at all. I felt like things needed to be toned down just a little, and as a result, I don't really feel like I gained much from the core segments. This video just didn't work the core quite as much as I'd expected.

For the most part, though, this is a great video. It's challenging yet simple, and was a great workout in a relatively short amount of time.

1 comment:

onelittletrigirl said...

Hi there- I know you used to be into TiaRT and I just wanted to let you know, I am going to be starting something like it on my blog because I really miss it. Hope you will check it out!

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