Friday, March 5, 2010

Workouts in Review: Cardio Core Circuit

I can't believe I still haven't finished reviewing all of my new workouts from Cathe! The Shock Cardio Series has 11 awesome workouts so it may take me awhile : ) Cardio Core Circuit is a fun workout and is a great addition to my cardio workout choices. This is the workout I will be reviewing today.

What is it?

CCC is a 51-minute advanced, interval workout. It has a unique blend of cardio, cardio/core and pure core exercises. I love bootcamp style workouts and that's just what this is. The best thing is that the only equipment you'll need is a mat!

Who is it for?

This workout is more advanced but if you have a strong core you could do it without any issues. The choreography is very basic so you won't be tripping over your feet. Each round repeats three exercises so I found it to be easier to concentrate on form. Now that's not to say this workout is easy by any means!

What to expect?

The workout starts with a 5 minute warm-up then there are 5 cardio/core rounds. Each round has a cardio, cardio/core and core only exercise so you get a well-rounded workout. The rounds vary from 6-10 minutes each and the workout ends with a 6-minute stretch. The first time I did this workout I was sore in my core as well as my back. The second time through I really felt my core kick in and noticed very little discomfort in my back. I promise, you will notice a difference in your core if you regularly do this workout. Between the mountain climbers, the squat thrusts and the triangle choke-holds, you will have an awesome core in no time!

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How many of you workout at home? Do you like to see workout reviews or my weight routines?

I do all of my cardio with DVD workouts as well as my strength program but the strength program is easy to modify for use at the gym.  

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RawSierra said...

yes - keep posting reviews. Maybe I should do it to for the physically challenged people like me! haha I love your workout reviews! I have a ton of Cathe Dvds - in fact all of them but the STS series. I cannot do some of the really high impact stuff like the IMAX due to my RA, but I still try to do what I can. I also have Get Ripped with Jari Love, a ton of yoga tapes, Core Fusion workouts, and alot of TurboJam and Chalene Xtreme...I used to go to the gym all the time but prefer working out at home. I will have to check out this DVD...I did just get her Travel Fit DVD and I really like it.

TheFitnessFreak said...

Yes, the Shock Cardio series does have a lot of high impact moves. Three kids later high impact stuff can be a bit hard for me too but I just improvise here and there : ) I LOVE Chalean Extreme and Turbo Jam! I really want the Travel Fit. I bought the series a week after the Travel Fit was unavailable for pre-sale. I imagine I will get it one day : )

shannonmarie said...

Being a mom that doesn't get to the gym anymore, I like the DVD reviews. Unfortunately, I rarely take the time to grab one up and pop it in the player. I tend to opt for what's OnDemand (part of our cable service) and what I've memorized over time.

Coby said...

I really like the DVD reviews - I can add them to my X-mas/birthday wish lists! This is really helpful for me, since I lost my favorite cardio DVD. I may have to add this one to my wish list! ;-)

TheFitnessFreak said...

It's a great one Coby! Christmas is a long way off though, maybe you could add it to the "it's almost spring" list : )

Trainer Momma said...

Hhhmmm. Interesting. I haven't done any Cathe workouts, but a lot of my readers have mentioned them. Now I must go for it! I just finished Insanity -- have you tried that one? I have mixed feelings about it. I just posted on it today --

Great blog, BTW! I love Tosca too!

TheFitnessFreak said...

I'll be starting Insanity in a few weeks so I'm anxious to read your review!

Cathe is an awesome instructor! I am going to one of her road trips here in San Diego at the end of the month, yippee!! If you want to workout hard, she's the best for that : )

Trainer Momma said...

What about the 30 day Shred by Jillian Michaels? Have you reviewed this one -- where can I find it?

TheFitnessFreak said...

I haven't done 30 Day Shred. My sister did it and said she got really sore. Here's Collage Videos Review:

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ohhh is this a DVD? I love her core workout! She makes me work!!

i do dvd's at home when I want some vareity in my running

TheFitnessFreak said...

It's a great DVD Amanda! If you use the code: DVD10 you can get 10% off. Cardio and core in the same DVD, how can you go wrong? : )

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review. I'm definitely getting this one!

TheFitnessFreak said...

It's a great one April! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by my blog!



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