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Cathe Live Review: Muscle Confusion (#285)

Updated: Mar 1

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Cathe Live Review: Muscle Confusion (#285)


Muscle Confusion is a fun, fast paced cardio and metabolic strength workout. As with several of the most recent Cathe Lives this is not a really tough workout, it is a little more intermediate in level. However, I did enjoy it and got a reasonable workout but it is not intense like some of her earlier Lives.


The workout is a random mix of cardio intervals and metabolic strength exercises, hence the title, so you are keeping your body guessing as to what is coming next, as there is no fixed pattern. There are twenty five different exercises and only the cardio are sometimes repeated but the majority of the strength moves are not. Therefore, there is lots of variety and so the workout flew by.


The cardio intervals are a mix of higher and low impact blasts, many of which are done on the gliding devices. None of the intervals are really intense but they do get the heart rate up nicely. The strength work is an interesting mix of different exercises, some focusing more on the upper body and some more combining both upper and lower with compound moves. The pace is pretty fast throughout and so you will need to move quickly to get your weights and / or gliding devices. The reps are not too high and Cathe kept her weights fairly light, as you are moving quickly. I did increase on a few, shown below.


Overall, an enjoyable mixed impact, cardio and metabolic strength workout.


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The Workout


Muscle Confusion is a mixed impact cardio and strength workout consisting of twenty four different exercises.


What You Need to Know

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


The Moves


Muscle Confusion is 45 minutes long and originally aired on 20th February 2020 (#285). The workout starts with a 4 minute warm-up, before moving straight into the first cardio interval. (One thing to note: during the warm-up you will be walking forward out into plank position and back – so just make sure you have space in front of you). You will need to ensure that you have all of your equipment handy, as you will be moving quickly from one thing to the next. Cardio moves shown in bold italics below.


  • Pull & pound – 16 reps each side

  • Side slide pick up lunges – one 10# Db & one gliding device – 16 reps (1st side) & 18 reps (2ndside)

  • Jacks / touch down jacks – two gliding devices – 12x jack, 8x touch, 16x jack, 8x touch, 16x jack & 8x touch

  • Push-ups (12, 2 & 10 o’clock) – mat – 16 reps

  • Slide back lunge & overhead press – two 10# Dbs & two gliding device – 16 reps

  • 1 Arm row – Cathe used one 10 and one 12# Db in one hand (I used 1x 22) – 16 reps each side

  • Pop squats – 3 sets of 16 reps

  • Squat thrust & 2 plank push-ups – two gliding devices – 8 reps

  • 1 Arm clean & press (squat w db at shoulder, pivot & stand w 1 arm O/H press) – one 10# Db (I used 1x 12) – 16 reps each side

  • Swim lunges – two gliding devices – 60 reps

  • Crossback lunge & W curl – two 8# Dbs (I used 10’s)– 10x 3 curls, 8x singles, 6x 3 curls & 4x singles

  • Rear delt flys – two 10# Dbs – 3 sets of 10 reps

  • Rear lunge & hammer curl – two 8# Dbs (I used 10’s)– 6 sets (2x singles & 1x 3 curls) each side

  • Quarter turn jumps – 16 reps & 12 reps each side

  • Crab kicks – 38 reps

  • Back lunge & lateral raise / calf raise & front raise – two 5# Dbs – 18 reps (1 of each)

  • Squat thrust & core crossover (bring straight leg out to side then across under the body & back out) – mat – 10 sets (1 of each)

  • Swim lunges (different arm patterns) – two gliding devices – 108 reps

  • Sliding scissors (fast & doubles) – two gliding devices – 62 reps

  • Step out Arnold press – two 10# Dbs – 20 reps

  • Squats / calf raises – two 15# Dbs (I used 20’s)– lots of reps (different patterns)

  • 4 Jacks / 4 galloping jacks – 8 sets & 8x galloping jacks only

  • 1 Arm side lying tricep push-ups – mat – 20 reps each side

  • Woodchop sit-ups (sit-up & bring clenched hands to floor between legs) – mat – 23 reps

  • Push-up & plank kick out (bring leg underneath body & kick out to side touching hand to foot) – mat – 12 reps (1 of each) & 4 reps (1 of each)


The workout ends with a 3:30 minute cool down and stretch.


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