Cathe’s latest workout series is ICE. This stands for Intermediate Conditioning Extreme. This series is targeted towards the intermediate level exerciser but from what I’ve seen of it, I think that someone at an advanced level would be satisfied as well.
My first review from the series is with the Metabolic Total Body workout. As with most other Cathe workouts you get a lot of bang for your buck. You get a thorough warm up and cool down, the “regular” workout and a few bonuses as well. Cathe also gives us many premix choices and even mishmosh mixes.
The Regular Workout – definitely have a few sets of dumbbells here. Cathe uses everything from 5s to 15s. I tried to be a hero the first time out and go heavy but Cathe does high repetitions and moves quickly so I suggest trying the weight level she uses until you find what works for you (maybe you go lighter or maybe you go heavier). Cathe does mostly compound moves and your heart rate will go up without jumping.
Warm Up – 6:36
Workout – 36:58
Cool Down – 4:19
Total – 47:53
Crossback Lunge with Overhead Press
Plie Squat/Upright Row
Front Lunge/Back Row/Fly
Front Swing with Abduction
Lunge Curl and Press
Front Swing with Abduction
Deadlift to Squat
Single Leg Deadlift with Front Raises
Back Lunge with Rows
Side Lunge Abductions (no weights)
Front Lunge with Figure 8 Row Arms and Elbow to Knee (no weights)
Squat, Curl, Press with Tricep Extension
Lunge Kick Lunge Stand (you do this in the warm up but this time with light weights)
Static Lunge with Tricep Extension
Sumo Squat with Bicep Curl
Dynamic Front Lunge Raises
Rear Lunge, Curl to Press
Front Raise with Rear Delt Pull to Lateral Raise
Controlled Slow Elbow to Knee (like a yoga prayer twist)
As you can see, this is a lot of great compound movements. Your butt is going to get a great workout in this one.
The Bonus workouts are:
MUSCLE MELTDOWN – CHEST
Total Workout – 15:29
Cathe does three sets of pushups, flat chest presses, flat chest flys and then incline presses and flys. Again, the first time I tried to be a hero and go super heavy but when Cathe said we had 2 more sets of this I just about cried. My chest was spent on the first set when I went super heavy. I wondered why she was only using 12 pound dumbbells.
Total Workout – 12:21
Dynamic blast exercises (jumping) mixed with Compound weight movements
This is a nice little HiiT type workout weighted and unweighted. You better be prepared to do a LOT of air jacks.
ICY CORE 1
Total Workout – 11:00
Cathe is the Queen of Core. With moves like: Lying up and overs; Leg chasers; Slow bike maneuvers and Full body breast strokes. Cathe sure can pack a lot of punch in a short time and your abs/core burns in no time.
I like to use the bonuses as one total workout added together. They are also great for add-ons or for short workouts if you are pressed for time.
Even though this series is targeted towards the intermediate level, I felt challenged just by upping the weight when I needed to. You really can cater to your own needs. Probably not great for a beginner, however.
I love Cathe, I love this workout and I surely will come back to it time and time again. I hope to review others in this series soon.
5 out of 5 stars.