Cathe Live Review: Total Body Sizzle (#349)
Cathe Live Review: Total Body Sizzle (#349)
Total Body Sizzle is a high energy cardio and metabolic strength workout. This one definitely left me pretty drenched and nicely worked, however, for me it wasn’t the most fun routine. I really liked the metabolic strength exercises but the cardio included several moves that I am not that keen on, including air jacks, tuck jumps, high reaching pop squats, lifted abductions etc. Therefore, although it’s a great workout, I probably wouldn’t return to it as Cathe has so many more fun routines IMHO.
This workout consists of twenty different exercises, alternating cardio intervals with metabolic strength moves, and then ends with a short core section on the mat. The cardio moves are all straight forward intervals, which are done for a certain number of reps or time. The workout starts with a bang, as you move straight from the warm-up into jacks, galloping jacks and air jacks so be ready to work hard from the outset. Each interval is done for a reasonable amount of time so you will definitely be feeling them. They are definitely a little longer than some of Cathe’s most recent ones so don’t make the mistake, like me, of thinking you will be done after 16 reps on everything - as I found that both the high reaching pop squats and the tuck jump combo were done for far longer than I was hoping for!
The metabolic strength exercises are a really good mix of different moves that target all of the various muscle groups. You are often combining moves again, such as, sumo squats with bicep curls or static lunge with overhead tricep extensions so the weights are generally a bit lighter than usual.Cathe used from 5 to 15 pounds and although I used heavier on some moves, I didn’t use anything above 15 pounds either. The reps are a little higher than usual, often between 12 - 24 reps, plus the pace is sometimes a little faster too so I think you would struggle to use really heavy weights for this but to be honest that’s not the aim of this routine. This is more about getting the heart rate up and incorporating some toning for the muscles, which given the nature and pace of the routine it definitely did.
The workout ends with core on the floor that includes six different exercises to target the core from different angles. I rather enjoyed this section, it wasn’t that challenging but it did provide some interesting core moves.
Overall, a fast paced cardio and metabolic strength workout that targets the whole body.
Total Body Sizzle is a cardio and metabolic strength workout that alternates cardio blasts with total body metabolic exercises and ends with core work.
What You Need to Know
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Total Body Sizzle is 41 minutes long and originally aired on 17th June 2021 (#349). The workout starts with a 5:30 minute warm-up, before moving straight into the first cardio blast. Cardio moves shown in bold italics below.
Jacks / galloping jacks / jacks / air jacks – 4 sets (4 of each)
Plie squat w/ upright row – two 12# Dbs – 24 reps
Long reach lunges – 32 reps
1x Hinge & double arm rows / 2x hip huggers – two 15# Dbs – 7 sets
Lifted squat abductions – 40 reps
Sumo squat & 1 arm bicep curl – one 15# Db – 12x singles & 2x 3 curls
Opposite hand to foot toe tap & explode (reach 1 hand to opposite foot then reach up & lift on toes) – 24 reps
Alternating lunge & lateral raise / lunge & front arc – two 5# Dbs – 8x lat raise, 4x 3 lat raise & 8x arcs
1x Lunge jump & 2x fast scissors – 24 sets
Static lunge & overhead tricep extension – one 12# Db – 2x 8 reps & 8x 2 reps
High reaching pop squats – 27 reps
Push-ups – mat – 3 sets (4x singles & 2x 1/3 count)
Shuffle, shuffle, drop – 24 reps
Kettlebell swing & double arm lat pulldown – two 8# Dbs (I used 10’s) – 12 reps
2 Heels (hopping) / jack / tuck jump – 16 sets
Lean back lunge & halo – one 10# Db (I used 1x 12) – 16 reps
Lateral hops & jump up – one 8# Db – 24 reps
Alternating step out sumo squat & overhead press – two 10# Dbs – 16 reps
Lateral skates – 56 reps
Tricep push-ups (knees) – mat – 20 reps
Core On Mat at 30:42 minutes
Sit-up & serve (arms forward) / sit-up & overhead press – two 5# Dbs & mat – 8x serve & 8x OH press
Swinging heel taps (alternating side to side heel touches) – mat – 28 reps
Plank foot tap to shoulder (in plank tap alternating foot to outside of shoulder) – mat – 20 reps
Sit-up & 1 arm bridge – mat – 13 reps
Side elbow plank hip dips – mat – 16 reps each side
Sit-up to leg taps (sit-up & bring both feet in towards bottom) – mat – 6 sets (2x 1 leg & 1x both legs)
Superman swimmers – mat – 8 reps & 8 reps w/ lift
The workout ends with a quick 2 minute cool down and stretch.
If you liked this workout, check out my review of Cathe Live: Cardio Hiit Metabolic (#161) – HERE.
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