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Cathe Live Review: Total Body Metabolic Challenge (#355)

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Cathe Live Review: Total Body Metabolic Challenge (#355)


Total Body Metabolic Challenge is a fast paced cardio and metabolic strength workout. This is the fourth metabolic conditioning routine from Cathe in July and to be honest I didn’t love it. I really enjoyed the other three but this one, for some reason, I didn’t really enjoy. For me, this was a little too fast paced, I didn’t enjoy the choice of exercises as much and I also found a few of the exercises a little awkward, such as, the sit-up to 1 arm reverse table.


This workout consists of seven rounds of one cardio interval followed by three metabolic strength exercises. The cardio intervals were a little longer than some of her other recent metcon workouts and so you will start to feel them a little more. They are a mix of more plyo type moves with some hopping or lower impact moves.


The strength work is mainly compound moves, incorporating both the upper and lower body. The exercises target the whole body and each muscle group is hit at least once. There are also a few new combos in here but as mentioned, some I found a little bit awkward, such as, the deadlift to rear lunge with bicep curl. The transitions between exercises are generally quite quick although they do get a little longer as the routine progresses. The first round though was really fast and you didn’t even get a break between the first three exercises so make sure you have all of your equipment handy. Cathe used between 5 and 15 pounds and this worked well as the pace is faster and some of the reps a little higher with multiple sets or combined moves.


The workout also includes a few core moves as well, including bear hold circles that were very challenging and the sit-ups mentioned above.


Overall, a total body challenge that incorporates both metabolic strength and cardio intervals. However, it is not necessarily one I would return to, as IMHO Cathe has so many more enjoyable versions.


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The Workout

Total Body Metabolic Challenge is a metabolic strength and cardio workout. The routine consists of seven rounds of one cardio interval and three metabolic strength moves.


What You Need to Know

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


The Moves

Total Body Metabolic Challenge is 48 minutes long and originally aired on 29th July 2021 (#355). The workout starts with a 4:30 minute warm-up, before moving into the first cardio interval. Cardio moves shown below in bold italics.


Round 1

  • Icebreakers – 48 reps

  • Step out sumo squats – one 15# Db – 20 reps

  • Lunges – one 15# Db – 2x 15 pulse, 2x 7 pulse, 2x 3 pulse & 4x singles

  • Drop set bicep curls – two 15, two 12# & two 10# Dbs – 8 reps (15#), 10 reps (12#) & 14 reps (10#)


Round 2

  • Line taps – 40 reps

  • Squats / deadlifts – two 15# Dbs – 2 sets (4x squat & 2x DL), 2 sets (2x squat & 1x DL) & 8x squats

  • Lunge down to side & overhead press – two 12# Dbs (Cathe starts w/ 10# Dbs but quickly changes to 12#) – 14 reps

  • Push-ups (on toes) – mat – 8 reps, 7 reps & 6 reps


Round 3

  • Explosive lunges – 24 reps

  • Tap down lunges & knee lift (tapping Db to floor when lunging down) – one 15# Db – 12 reps (1st side) & 13 reps (2nd side)

  • Step out squats (3 steps out to side & in) – one 10# Db – 8 sets each side

  • Standing overhead tricep extensions – two 12# Dbs – 12 reps


Round 4

  • Quarter turn squat jumps & 2 jumps (in middle) – 12 sets

  • Sumo squat to crossback lunge – one 15# Db – 10 sets (1st side) & 11 sets (2nd side)

  • Step out lateral raises / front raise; out to side & in – two 5# Dbs – 12x step out, 4x front, 16x step out & 4x front

  • Bear hover leg circles – mat – 16 reps each side


Round 5

  • Lunge to squat – 16 sets each side

  • Calf raises – two 15# Dbs – 32 reps & 25 reps

  • Single leg deadlift – two 15# Dbs – 8 reps each side

  • Scorpion push-ups (lift 1 leg at a time & do tricep push-up) – mat – 8 reps


Round 6

  • Side lunge & knee lift (hopping) – 16 reps each side

  • Front lunges – two 12# Dbs – 16 reps each side

  • Upright row / hammer curls – two 12# Dbs – 12 sets (1 of each)

  • Sit-up to 1 arm reverse table – mat – 12 reps


Round 7

  • 3 Rope climbs & elbow strike – 8 sets each side

  • Side lunge (putting down & picking up Db) – one 12# Db – 12 reps each side

  • Deadlifts / alternating rear lunge w/ bicep curl – two 12# Dbs – 12 reps

  • 1 Arm row – Cathe held two 12# Dbs in one hand (I used 1x 22) – 16 & 10 reps each side


The workout ends with a 2:30 minute cool down and stretch.


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