Cathe Live Review: Double Trouble (#340)
Cathe Live Review: Double Trouble (#340)
Double Trouble is an intense, pure strength, workout focused on the upper and lower body. This was a pretty impressive routine and I loved it! Cathe packs a lot into the 46 minutes and better yet it is another no repeat workout so the time flies by. This routine actually rather surprised me, as I was expecting one of Cathe’s tough total body strength workouts and yes it was but it was also really metabolic and I was definitely breathing harder in places. This is definitely a faster paced workout and even Cathe was tiring by the end. How she managed to do the whole workout in a long sleeve sweatshirt, with a T-shirt underneath, I have no idea! Although she did mention in one of the forums that she apparently was very hot but had a “wardrobe malfunction" of a T-shirt underneath so didn’t want to take it off!
The workout consists of six rounds of two lower body exercises followed by two upper body exercises – hence the “Double Trouble” in the title. The whole routine moves pretty quickly, from one thing to the next, so you don’t really feel the individual rounds so much as just a routine that alternates between lower and upper body continuously. As mentioned the pace is also faster for most of the exercises but it is not a crazy speed like some of her other more metabolic routines. I actually didn’t feel overly rushed, in this one, and still felt I could maintain proper form with the weights I used. Cathe used a range of dumbbells from 5 to 20 pounds and I mainly stuck with the same weights and just increased on a few exercises, shown below. This worked well for me due to the short rests and also the fact that the rep count is quite high for many of the exercises. As you don’t repeat any of the moves, Cathe does definitely do enough reps, for each move, that you will start to feel them for sure! I was actually rather struggling with the variations of the lateral raises, towards the end, as my shoulders were pretty spent by then. The reps vary often between 10 and 24 reps but some are in sets, with many at the higher end of that range, so just to be aware of that when you are selecting your weights. For example, I was wondering about going heavier for the pullovers but then we ended up doing 19 reps so I was glad I stuck with 30 pounds!
The strength exercises are all familiar Cathe moves and so you can just focus on form and getting the most out of each rep. Although there is no specific core work, you do work the core as a supporting muscle group for many of the different moves. The lower body exercises are a mix of more metabolic exercises with some heavier strength moves and this is where Cathe often used her 20 pound dumbbells. It would also be possible to go a bit heavier, on those ones too, and I would definitely try that next time. The upper body moves work each of the major muscle groups, at least once, but are more focused on shoulders, biceps and triceps. The chest and back really only get one targeted exercise each but are again supporting muscles for some of the other moves.
Overall, a fairly challenging, no repeat, strength workout that’s packed with variety and provides a good cardio effect too.
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Double Trouble is a pure strength total body workout consisting of six rounds of two lower body exercises followed by two upper body exercises.
What You Need to Know
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Double Trouble is 46 minutes long and originally aired on 25th March 2021 (#340). The workout starts with a 5:30 minute warm-up, using 5 pound dumbbells towards the end. You then have a quick water break before moving into the first round for lower body. As you will be moving quickly, from one thing to next, make sure that you have all your equipment handy. I also used a step bench, for the bench press and pullovers, to give me a greater range of motion.
2 Squat hops & rear lunge – one 10# Db – 16 reps
Deadlifts / narrow stance deadlifts – two 20# Dbs – 10 reps / 8 reps
Step out Arnold press – two 10# Dbs – 24 reps
Step out bicep curls – two 10# Dbs – 24 reps
3 Rear lunge pulses & 3 calf lifts – two 20# Dbs – 10 reps
Wide stance sumo squats – two 20# Dbs – 8x singles & 8x 1.5’s
Front raise w/ alternating step back – two 5# Dbs – 20 reps
Tricep push-ups (knees) – mat – 16 reps (singles, 1.5’s & 2/2 count)
Alternating side lunge (reaching Db to foot) – one 20# Db – 24 reps
Alternating crossback lunges – two 12# Dbs (I used 15’s) – 24 reps, 8x 3 pulses & 2x 15 pulses
Overhead tricep extensions – two 12# Dbs – 14 reps
Sweeper curls – two 15# Dbs – 10 reps & 5 reps (up & slow down)
Side to side step out sumo squats – one 20# Db – 24 reps
Single leg deadlifts – one 20# Db (I used 2x 15#) – 12 reps each side
Bench press – two 20# Dbs & mat (I used a step) – 16 reps & 8 reps (rotating pinkies in)
Pullovers – two 15# Dbs or one 20# Db & mat (I used one 30# Db & step) – 19 reps
Alternating forward lunges – two 12# Dbs (I used 15’s) – 24 reps
Touch down rear lunges – one 20# Db – 16 reps each side
Alternating 1 arm back fly (stepping foot back) – one 10# Db (I used 1x 12) – 16 reps
Front raise / V-raise / 2 lateral raises – two 5# Db – 8 sets
Lateral raise (palms forward) – two 5# Dbs – 8x 1.5’s
Crossback tap lunges – one 20# Db – 12 reps & 4x 7 taps only
Wide stance deadlifts (alt Dbs strgt down & fanning out to side) – two 20# Dbs – 18 reps
Front swing & double arm lat pulldown – two 8# Dbs (I used 10’s) – 15 reps
Scarecrows – two 5# Dbs – 16 reps
The workout ends with a 4 minute cool down and stretch.
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