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Repeat after me: I love push-ups.
Now you’re ready for X10.
Here’s a preview of the X10 program:
X10 is a total body workout. Intense cardio. Compound sculpting moves. SO. HARD.
You’re going to love this program.
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a mat (for the stretch only)
*There’s only one section that uses a step. Cathe uses 2 risers (per side) for most of the cycle and then adds additional risers for a few more compound exercises.
You’ll get an effective workout using whatever number of risers you have for this cycle.
Need an aerobic step? Here you go! (This style is exactly like the ones Cathe uses in her routines.)
*Follow the link to understand my choreography ratings. The rating doesn’t refer to how intense the program is, but rather how complex the steps are.
The warm-up is a short aerobics segment with some dynamic stretching.
This is the only section where you’ll need an aerobic step.
Get out 2 risers (per side) to start with and have a 2 more sets of risers ready to add before this segment ends.
If you don’t have additional risers don’t worry about it, you can complete the cycle on 2 risers just fine.
You also need one 15 lb. dumbbell, and two 8 lb. dumbbells for this part.
Cathe does a circuit routine using the step first. The choreography is easy but the exercises are hard.
Make sure you do a big jump on the straddle-jump-burpee combo. The step is high. You’ll trip if you don’t go for it.
There are a few exercises where you have to travel over the step. Same advice. Go for it so you don’t kill yourself.
After the circuit step routine you add those additional risers (if you have them) to do resistance training.
The first exercise is a one-leg squat off the side of your step with the 15 lb. DB (dumbbell). The pace is fast so your heart rate stays high. There are a lot of reps and you do a set of push-ups in between.
Now get your 8’s for the last few exercises. First it’s back lunges with hammer curls. Again, there are a lot of reps.
These compound moves are so hard. Try to keep pace with Cathe. Go down in weight if you need to so you can keep up. I really struggle with the last few reps of the traditional curls.
The last resistance move is a side lateral raise with bent arms and a lunge up on to the step.
You do the cardio circuits with no equipment. Cathe tells you what to do. Your job is to keep up. Make the moves big. (At least there’s no more step.)
There are a few combinations that require balance. You may stumble around some. It’s no big deal. No one’s watching you. Keep going.
The first move with the discs is a burpee with 2 straddle push-ups.
Then you get your 8’s for one-leg side lunge with a double-arm row. You can put a disc under just the leg that’s moving if you feel unsteady (that’s what I do). There are squat lunges in between sets. You know the pace is fast by now.
Back lunges on the discs with hammer curls is next. You keep your 8’s. As before, I put the disc under the moving leg. Keep your discs for the next move as well.
The staggered push-ups are crazy-town. I’m usually thinking, What The Hell Have My Legs Been Eating? Dragging your legs forward feels like you’re dragging a bag of bricks.
So hard. Don’t give up. You’re getting strong and sexy. No one said it was easy.
The last exercise is a bent over tricep extension. The tempo is fast but that’s no reason to have bad form. Make each one count.
The only equipment in this section are a pair of 8 lb. dumbbells. I use the same weights as Cathe for all of these.
You’ll do a high-impact exercise followed by a low(er)-impact exercise. You never get a break, but you knew that.
I think this is the hardest section of X77.
There are air jacks, push-ups and compound resistance training (and a lot more) that will really challenge your muscular and cardio endurance. This is a great total body segment. Remember that form counts.
Don’t waste your time doing lazy reps. Give 100%.
This section is just good ‘ol fashioned cardio circuit blasts. You don’t need any equipment. You can do all of these moves.
And guess what?
No push-ups in this cycle. There, you have no excuses.
You’ll need your 8 and 10 lb. dumbbells for this last section.
In this section you’ll do a cardio blast followed by a resistance move.
A few tips for this part:
You need to stretch and drink lots of water (stretch first). I know you’re tired but don’t lie on the floor and skip the stretch. You need it.
You should feel completely amazing. You have permission to treat yourself today!
I usually treat myself with pasta and bread on days I do this workout. Find what you love and indulge.
Whew! The X10 workout has everything.
The only thing that’s not on this X10 routine is an ab workout but as you all know, all those push-ups and plyo moves engage your core so you’ve done it all.
It doesn’t get much more thorough than this.
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And remember you can access all of Cathe Friedrich’s workouts (there are hundreds) with a membership to Cathe on Demand. (I love it!)
Do you have questions about a Cathe on Demand membership? Of course, you do.
Get the answers here, Everything You Need to Know About Cathe Live and Cathe on Demand.
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