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Cathe Live Review: Metabolic Mashup (#91)

Updated: Mar 31

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Cathe Live Review: Metabolic Mashup (#91)


Metabolic Mashup is another excellent and fun metabolic strength workout for the whole body.


As usual, Cathe makes these workouts such fun and with so much variety that the time just flies by and you don’t really feel like you are working out. I got an excellent total body workout from this one and my heart rate was pretty elevated throughout. As you are moving quickly, from one thing to the next, there is also a good cardio effect without any actual jumping, which is sometimes exactly what I need. This reminds me of Cathe’s metabolic total body DVDs, such as, ICE Metabolic Total Body and LITE: Metabolic Blast (for a full review of that workout click HERE).


This routine is a mix of lots of different compound moves so you are working both upper and lower body at the same time. There is also quite a lot of core work, given the nature of the moves, so it does feel like a total body challenge. Most of the moves are not repeated, unless they need to be completed on the other side of the body so it is very varied with twenty five different exercises. Cathe used light to moderate weights and I only increased on a few, as you are moving very quickly both within the actual exercises and between the moves. Some of the reps are also reasonably high, however, there is lots of variety on rep patterns to keep it interesting. There were also a few different combinations of moves that I haven’t seen before so it was nice to mix it up a little.


Overall, this is a wonderful and enjoyable, metabolic strength, challenge and one I will return to frequently. This is great for a day when you don’t really feel like working out as you can’t help but have fun doing this one.


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The Workout


Metabolic Mashup is a metabolic strength workout for the whole body.


What You Need to Know

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


The Moves


Metabolic Mashup is 51 minutes long and originally aired on 3rd March 2016 (#91). The workout starts with a 7 minute warm-up and then a quick water break before moving into the first exercise.


  • Air Squats – 40 reps

  • Plie Squats & bicep / hammer curls – two 8# Dbs (I used 10’s) – 4x 2 hammer, 4x 2 bicep, 4x 1 arm (2 curls) & 8x 2 bicep

  • Alternating forward leaning lunges – 1 set - 12 reps & 16 reps (faster)

  • Dynamic front lunge raises (lunge & knee lift w lateral raise) – two 5# Dbs – 4x 3 raises, 8x raise only, 4x 3 raises & 8x raise only

  • 1 Arm clean & press (squat w db at shoulder, pivot to lunge bringing Db towards ankle, pivot to squat & stand w 1 arm O/H press) – one 10# dumbbell (I used 1x 12) – 8 sets each side

  • Alternating side lunges – two 8# Dbs (I used 10’s) – 16 reps

  • Alternating side lunges – two 10# Dbs (I used 12’s) – 16 reps

  • Side lunge into tree pose – one 8# Db (I used 1x 12) – 8 reps each side

  • Rear lunge & curl press – two 10# Dbs – 2x 1 arm, 4x both, 4x 1 arm, 4x both, 4x 1 arm, 2x 3 press & 2x 7 press

  • Forward lunge & rear delt fly - two 8# Dbs – 12 reps

  • Rear delt flys – two 12# Dbs - 10 reps

  • Rear delt flys – two 10# Dbs - 10 reps

  • Plie squat & upright rows – two 12# Dbs – 20 reps

  • Sumo pulse walks – one 10# Db (I used 1x 15) – 7 sets (1st side) & 6 sets (2nd side)

  • 1 Arm bicep curl / 1 arm overhead press (both moves simultaneously) – two 10# Dbs - 24 reps each side

  • Lateral plie walks – two 12# Dbs – 8 sets

  • Plie squats & 1 arm overhead tricep extensions – one 10# Db – 12 reps & 4x 2 extensions (only no plie) each side

  • Side lunge, curtsy lunge, side lunge, side leg raise – 8 reps

  • Pulsing crossback lunges – 40 reps

  • Side lunge, curtsy lunge, side lunge, side leg raise (other side) – 8 reps

  • Pulsing crossback lunges (other side) – 40 reps

  • Static lunges & overhead arm tricep extensions (both arms) – two 8# Dbs – 8 sets each side

  • Single leg deadlift & front arc raise - two 8# Dbs (I used 10’s) – 5 sets (1x D/L & 2x arcs) – 1st side. 4 sets – 2nd side. 4x arcs only

  • Squats / deadlift – two 15# Dbs (I used 20’s) – 4 sets (2x squat & 1x D/L), 8x squats, 4x D/L, 8x squats & 4x D/L

  • Tricep kickbacks in plank – one 10# Db – 12 reps & 8 reps each side

  • Pullovers w/ leg extensions - two 10# Dbs (I used 15’s) & mat – 12 reps

  • Push-ups w/ alternating shoulder taps – mat – 2 sets of 8 reps

  • Chest flys w/ leg extensions – two 10# Dbs (I used 15’s) & mat – 16 reps

  • Sit-out & push-up (alternate) – mat – 12 reps


The workout ends with a 4 minute cool down and stretch.


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