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Cathe Live Review: Cardio Muscle Fusion (#249)

Cathe Live: Cardio Muscle Fusion

Cathe Live: Cardio Muscle Fusion (#249).

Cardio Muscle Fusion is a metabolic cardio & strength workout. This was a fairly tough workout and I was definitely feeling it by the end. The routine consists of rounds of cardio, compound and isolation exercises for the upper body. The workout moves pretty quickly from one thing to the next so the heart rate stays elevated throughout. However, you do get water breaks, in between some of the rounds, to help you catch your breath.

The cardio moves are all straight forward drills of one or two moves – so no choreography to learn. They are also done for a little longer than Cathe usually does in her Live workouts so you will definitely be breathing hard during some of them. However, they are fairly well balanced – mixing in a few slightly less intense drills with the harder ones.

The strength work is all done using light weights and / or a resistance band so they are more to keep the heart rate elevated than to provide true strength training. Some of these moves were done extremely fast, particularly the first compound exercise. I found this quite difficult, at times, to keep the pace and maintain good form. I think I might have found these more effective if they were slowed down just a little bit though.

The workout ends with a brief floor section for the upper body and core, which rounds out the routine nicely.

Overall, this was an effective cardio / metabolic workout and the time flew by. However, for me it wasn’t the most enjoyable - as I felt some of the moves were a little too fast - but a good workout none-the-less.

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The Workout

Cardio Muscle Fusion is a metabolic cardio & strength workout consisting of 7 rounds of cardio, compound & isolation exercises for the upper body. The routine ends with a short core section on the floor. Cathe used light dumbbells and medium tension resistance tubing for this workout (I used a resistance band).

What You Need to Know

(Rating scale – 1= lowest & 5 = highest).

The Moves

Cardio Muscle Fusions is 52 minutes long and originally aired on 23rd May 2019 (#249). The workout starts with a fairly thorough 6:30 minute warm up before going straight into the first cardio drill.

Round 1

  • 3 Hops forward & turn

  • 2 Back lunges & 1 side lunge / abduction (raising dumbbells overhead) – 1st set – two 5# dumbbells. 2nd set – two 8# dumbbells (these are really fast)

  • Bicep curls (single & double arms) – two 5# dumbbells & resistance tubing

Round 2

  • Lean back, volley, air jack

  • Alternating side squats with posture pulls – resistance tubing

  • Curl press & tricep extensions – two 8# dumbbells (5 sets)

Alternating side squats with posture pulls

Round 3

  • Jump front / back, ¼ turn jump

  • 4 Jabs up / 4 jabs across / 4 leg abductions / 3 squat jumps – two 5# dumbbells

  • Tricep kickbacks & straight arm presses – resistance tubing

Tricep Kickbacks

Round 4

  • Band hops (jump back & forth over band lying horizontally on floor in front on you – slower & then as fast as you can) – resistance tubing

  • Side hops over the band (slower & then as fast as you can) – resistance tubing

  • Overhead press (1.5’s, singles & 1 arm simultaneous presses) – two 10# dumbbells

Round 5

  • 4 Air jacks & 4 side shuffle jabs

  • Back lunge & knee up with overhead press (one side then the other) – one 5# dumbbell (these are very fast)

Round 6

  • Galloping jacks

  • Crossback lunge with lateral raise then front raise (while standing) – two 5# dumbbells

  • W curls – two 8# dumbbells & resistance tubing

  • Clean & press – one 10# dumbbell

Crossback lunge with lateral raise

Round 7

  • 4 Attacks & 4 heel clicks

  • Alternating step out squat with 3 little hops (both sides) & rear lunge / kick – two 5# dumbbells

  • T-band pulls – resistance tubing

Upper & Core – on mat

  • Push-ups – mat (3 sets of 8 reps)

  • Sit-up & 1 arm press (other elbow remains anchored on the floor while sitting up & raising other arm straight over head) – two 10# dumbbells

  • Repeat above fastertwo 8# dumbbells

  • Sit-up with overhead press (dumbbell held horizontally between the hands) – one 8# dumbbell

  • Chest flys with hips elevated – two 10# dumbbells

  • Side plank & shoulder snatch – one 10# dumbbell

  • Reverse crunches

  • Breast stroke swimmers & leg lifts

Sit-up with overhead press

The workout ends with a 3 minute cool down and stretch.

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Jun 24, 2021

Challenging, but so full of variety that time really flies! No Burpees!

My Modifications: I used moderate dumbbells in lieu of the resistance band bicep work

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