This is a quickie review but I had to jot it down while it was still relatively fresh on my mind (and booty for that matter, ha!).
I wanted to eek out a couple of extra weight workouts at the end of my STS M2 cycle which just ended this past weekend. Technically, I was supposed to go into “active recovery” after I finished the last of the mesocycle 2 workouts last week but I couldn’t help myself this weekend. I was itching to try the final two new Cathe Friedrich workouts. You saw my review of High Reps the other day, well here’s my quick take on Lower Body Blast.
In a word – AWESOME.
If anyone ever asks me what my favorite Cathe workout of all time is, my answer never changes: Butts & Guts. Hands down (though STS tops the list, too.)
Well – Lower Body Blast is literally an updated version of Butts & Guts, just updated by about six years. And I LOVED every sweaty minute of the 59 minute blast.
It includes lots of Cathe’s best leg work – including lots and lots and LOTS of paper plate work. Those kill me everytime. She even brought back a fan favorite (kinda) – low pulse lunches. OWWWW. And – in true Cathe style, she keeps your heart rate pumping with cardio bursts sprinkled ever-so-nicely into the workouts. Just when you think you’ve caught a break, it’s cardio blast time. She’s sneaky that way. 😉
This is a great complement to an existing endurance-based weight training program. Most of the leg work in this workout is based on higher rep counts and lower weights so you could easily work it into and STS M1 and M2 rotation, or make one up on your own, including Lower Body Blast, High Reps and STS Total Body for a great full body workout three times per week. I may consider this as a one-month mini-rotation after I finish STS in January, actually.
If you missed my other reviews of Cathe’s newest workouts, you can check them out here:
I’m clearly a Cathlete at heart but even if you’ve never, ever considered one of her workouts, I PROMISE if you try one of these newer workouts as a test-run of Cathe’s style, you will not be disappointed. This is Cathe at her best – hardcore cardio, hardcore weights, hardcore all around.
That sounds like such a GREAT workout! I love doing higher rep work for legs. I like doing some heavier strength work on some moves, but love incorporating the more endurance style leg workouts regularly too.
It is a phenomenal leg and booty workout, I LOVED it! Maybe Santa will bring you one for Christmas, my dear 🙂
I loved the variation on the leg work with plates! So good! She’s always thinking, that Cathe 😉 Cheers to nice asses! LOL!
LOL now that’s a motto I can get behind “cheers to nice asses!” LOLOL
Sounds like an awesome workout! I’ve never done one of her workouts. What kind of equipment does she use?
It really is. Her workouts are awesome! I’ve never been disappointed. As for the equipment? It depends. For Lower Body Blast, all you need is a step and some pretty light dumbbells and a resistance band. For her weight workouts (like STS) you need multiple dumbbells and a barbell for best results. Some of her cardio workouts require no equipment at all like 30/30 HiiT, Kick Max, MMA Boxing, etc.
i ‘d do it just the name. Butts and gutts….sounds awesome! 🙂
I know, quite literally you know what you’re getting into with that workout huh??
Great review Jess, I have the workout but haven’t done it yet. I’m making my way through STS 2 at the moment and loving it! If I get the chance I might substitute a leg workout for lower body blast or include it as my 4th strength workout in a week.
You’ve got to try it! You’ll love it! I may rotate it into M3 as a variation on the leg workouts in that phase. I don’t love squat rack or plyo legs as much as some of her other leg work so I may swap it out for LBB here and there.
Good thinking Jess, I’ll rotate it into STS 3. That makes sense.
Cathe really is just awesome isn’t she? From one Cathlete to another 😉 I wish more people knew about her and I wish more people knew about STS rather than P90X.
Seriously! I hate that everyone automatically “knows” P90X but is clueless when you say Cathe or STS. FAR superior workouts in my opinion! We should start a grassroots effort 🙂
Oh my gosh….this sounds AMAZING! Love the name butts and gutts, too. 🙂 I absolutely love hearing about these new workouts from you! It sounds like a perfect compliment to running/spinning, too!
Ha, I’m glad you like them even though I totally go into dork-out mode when I start writing about new workouts. hehe
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