STS and Cardio

Candice2015

Cathlete
I just started Meso 2 (loving STS) and during the 1st Meso was doing some T25 workouts. I want to change things up a bit and maybe get better results - I have Xtrain, ICE and RWH along with the LIS. Which cardio/Hiit from those series would be a good one to add on my non-lifting days for this meso?
 
Good for you for digging into STS, Candice. :) I agree - it's a fabulous program. :)
You own 4 excellent programs to choose cardio workouts from. Myself, I choose one steady state and 2 hiit workouts per week. Typically one hiit workout was high impact and one was low. I did my core workouts on cardio days just because I couldn't seem to fit them in after a long STS workout (especially if I did the extended stretch). Where the weight training is quite intense, I did not do bootcamp, metabolic or circuit workouts during that month or in meso 3. Perhaps others have done so with success, but I found if I did I slogged through the workout and didn't feel I could give it my 'all'. :eek:

Here's what I found worked for me:
-For steady state I selected from the spin workouts (XTrain Ride or Cycle Max), kickboxing workouts (Hard Strikes, Rock'm Sock'm, ), step (Low Impact Challenge ) or outdoor activities such as running or swimming.

-For the hiit workouts I rotated through All Out Low Impact Hiit from XTrain, one of the two LIS Slide and Glide Express premixes, RWH Low Impact Hiit One, Plyo Hiit One and Plyo Hiit Two. I would also include Low Impact Sweat from ICE. Even though I would typically stick to those without use of light hand weights, Low Impact Sweat uses such super light weights that I found it didn't interfere. And of course, if you're short on time there are the Blizzard Blasts!

-On the rest day I tried to fit in one of the 2 yoga programs from LIS.

Hope you find some cardio, core and stretching workouts that you find fun and motivating!

Jane PG
 

Veronica28

Active Member
On my third week of Meso 1 and have been doing Turbo Fire on cardio days. Can Cathe's Ab Circuit work for a cardio day? Do you know how long it is? Also, thoughts on Rock Out Knockout and Hard Strikes as cardio day workouts. I want to have a cardio day that does not have any weights since the STS system is very heavy training days. Thoughts are greatly appreciated.

I love STS by the way!
 

BLRKATZ

Member
Good for you for digging into STS, Candice. :) I agree - it's a fabulous program. :)
You own 4 excellent programs to choose cardio workouts from. Myself, I choose one steady state and 2 hiit workouts per week. Typically one hiit workout was high impact and one was low. I did my core workouts on cardio days just because I couldn't seem to fit them in after a long STS workout (especially if I did the extended stretch). Where the weight training is quite intense, I did not do bootcamp, metabolic or circuit workouts during that month or in meso 3. Perhaps others have done so with success, but I found if I did I slogged through the workout and didn't feel I could give it my 'all'. :eek:

Here's what I found worked for me:
-For steady state I selected from the spin workouts (XTrain Ride or Cycle Max), kickboxing workouts (Hard Strikes, Rock'm Sock'm, ), step (Low Impact Challenge ) or outdoor activities such as running or swimming.

-For the hiit workouts I rotated through All Out Low Impact Hiit from XTrain, one of the two LIS Slide and Glide Express premixes, RWH Low Impact Hiit One, Plyo Hiit One and Plyo Hiit Two. I would also include Low Impact Sweat from ICE. Even though I would typically stick to those without use of light hand weights, Low Impact Sweat uses such super light weights that I found it didn't interfere. And of course, if you're short on time there are the Blizzard Blasts!

-On the rest day I tried to fit in one of the 2 yoga programs from LIS.

Hope you find some cardio, core and stretching workouts that you find fun and motivating!

Jane PG
Hi Jane. I'm a newbie on the forum and to STS but not to Cathe's workouts. I have the streaming. I only have 45 minutes in the morning to workout and want to start STS. Each workout is longer than that. What would you recommend? And do you know when to incorporate the three STS total body workouts? Thank you for your time.
 
Hi there BLRKATZ. Welcome to the forum. :) So much great info and support to be found here! For example, here is a thread on the topic of shorter time to implement STS. Some great options are noted, which, with streaming, you may be interested in: http://cathe.com/forum/threads/a-shorter-version-of-sts.303351/#post-2343101

I think STS can be modified to fit into 45 min. Of course you won't get the exact same results as you would if you did the full program, but I think you will still see some great results and will enjoy this awesome and challenging program. Life is not always perfect. We all have to do what we can do!
-Meso 1's upper body workouts are set up as supersets or tri-sets and so you could do a couple less sets than Cathe. She does 8-12 sets but you could do 6-10 sets. For example Cathe alternates between back and tricep exercises 10 times on disks 2, 8 and 11. You could follow along with the program but skip over the last 2 times she does back and triceps, completing 8 supersets instead of 10.
-Meso 1's leg workouts all have some optional leg moves at the end of each program. These are the moves which require no weights. You could omit those and skip ahead to the stretch.
-Meso 2's upper body programs are a little trickier to modify as you will want to keep the integrity of the double wave structure, sets with declining number of reps, going to failure, etc. Because Cathe works one body part at a time you could do one less body part on those time-tight days and do the remaining part of the workout the next day (e.g. work back on one day and biceps the next day).
-Meso 2's leg programs are all close to 45 min. so you may be able to squeeze them all in. If not, you could do each tri-set 2 times instead of 3 times through.
-Meso 3's programs are laid out with 4 sets of the same exercise. You could do 3 sets of each exercise. This way you do all the various exercises and maintain the same rest periods (important), but just wouldn't do the same total volume.
-Meso 3's squat rack routines are all over an hour. However, the plyo leg routines all come in close to 45 min. and so should be a better option for you. If you find the plyo leg routines still a little too long for you, I would omit a couple of the latter cardio moves but do all the strength moves. Given that you are probably doing lots of cardio on your non-STS days, you may be able to get away with 2 minutes less cardio at the end of your 45 min. time frame, while keeping the structure of the workout for the majority of the workout.

In terms of the Total Body workout, I too have wondered when people have worked that into their STS rotation effectively (if used all when doing the 3.5 month rotation). :confused: I have used it during the active recovery weeks (just doing it twice/week). o_O The program uses lighter weights (60-80% of 1RM) so it worked OK for me, but I am not sure if I should be lifting at all during that week. Any input from other Cathletes would be appreciated.

Hope you will enjoy those precious 45 min. you have to yourself each day!

Jane
 
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