Cathe Live: Metabolic Med Ball Blast

#308 Metabolic Med Ball Blast is metabolic cardio workout. Though dumbbells are used to increase intensity, this is not a strength workout. I really enjoyed this workout. It was fun, I got some great muscle conditioning and I got my cardio in. These are my some of my favorite types of workouts. Cathe uses a 4 pound medicine ball. I had all of my medicine balls set out before me just in case I needed to vary the weight but I ended up using my 6 pound med ball for most of the exercises. I did use my 5 pound ball for one exercise (#11) because my 5 pound ball is smaller and it was easier to pass it around my thigh. I actually started with the 6 pound ball but it was awkward so I quickly swapped it out. And if I remember, the next time I do this workout I will use my 10 pound ball for #9. Overall another excellent Cathe Live workout!

Metabolic Med Ball Blast is 37 minutes; 1 minute intro, 3 minute warm up and 3 minute stretch. Equipment: medicine ball (Cathe’s is 4 pounds) and various dumbbells (Cathe is using 5s, 8s, 10s and 12s). I used the dumbbells as Cathe for all of the exercises.

  1. Jack presses (jumping jacks pushing med ball overhead)
  2. Hold one DB in both hands, do a side lunge swinging DB between legs when lunging and when you stand, do an overhead tricep extension, alternate sides (one 10# DB)
  3. 3 hop squats + one reverse lunge, alternate legs (you are holding the med ball in both hands in front of chest)
  4. Deadlift into bicep curl into overhead press (palms are still facing behind you when doing overhead press) (10# DBs)
  5. Quarter turn squat jumps holding med ball, when you are facing front (between each side), squat and toss ball into the air, alternate sides when hopping with a squat toss in the middle between each side
  6. 2 alternating rear lunges + 2 sweeper bicep curls (10# DBs)
  7. Puddle jumpers with a hop, pushing med ball overhead when hopping
  8. Straight arm side raise alternated with straight arm front raise (it actually arcs out from side to the front), raise up on toes with each rep (5# DBs)
  9. Side lunge with crescent knee at top while doing a bicep curl with med ball each time you do a crescent knee, 4 reps then change sides, continue alternating with 4 reps each leg
  10. Front swing with lat pull down (stand in wide stance, when swing DBs down between legs while lowering into a sumo squat, keep arms/DBs together as you raise them overhead then pull arms down into goal post) (8# DBs)
  11. Pass under lunges (get into stationary lunge, as you lunge, pass med ball under and around leg, do 8 reps then change legs, 2 sets of 8 reps each leg)
  12. Sumo squats with bicep curls to a pattern= one slow + 2 fast (10# DBs)
  13. Cross body chops with med ball (lunge to one side and bring ball down past knee then lunge to other side while arcing ball across body over other shoulder)
  14. Alternating rear hip hinge with single arm rear delt fly, pass DB to other hand as you change legs (one 10# DB)
  15. Crossback (curtsy) lunge while circling med ball from hip to overhead
  16. Squats with overhead press (10# DBs)
  17. Squat jacks with ball halos (start in wide squat, jump feet in and out then halo ball around head)
  18. Alternating front lunge, while in front lunge rotate torso/DB toward front leg (one 12# DB)
  19. Squat hops–4 hops forward, 180 hop turn and 4 turns back (holding ball in front of chest); next do 3 hops forward and back; next do 2 hops forward and back
  20. Alternating step out sumo squats with an overhead tricep extension each time you squat (Cathe is using one 10# DB)
  21. Air jack high 5s, 3 reps

5 thoughts on “Cathe Live: Metabolic Med Ball Blast

  1. Hey there. Thanks for this review! For some reason this workout really intrigued me when I first saw the clip for it on the forum, however as I had not done a Cathe Live before I hesitated. After your review I decided to go for it, and purchased it and I am glad that I did. I actually used a slam ball vice a med ball, and since I am doing STS and was only really looking for cardio, I modified exercises that used weights and instead substituted slam ball exercises. It worked really well and overall I enjoyed this workout. I did notice (as you had previously commented) that Cathe took more breaks in this Live workout than she does on her dvds – I just started earlier when I felt I could. Out of curiosity, off the top of your head, does Cathe have any other Live Med Ball workouts? Although I must admit that I kind of scare myself with how much I enjoy throwing things in this workout or hitting an actual punching bag!

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  2. I assume a med ball is different from a slam ball? Admittedly, I did not read the entire break down of exercises for this workout, but perhaps that is neither here nor there. Since you’ve installed your rubber flooring in your workout room have you done any workouts where you had to slam the ball on the floor? Just wondered if you’ve noticed a pleasant difference with the new floors……

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    1. No, there was no throwing in this workout. But I do love my new floor. The grip is amazing. Nothing slips on it. On carpet I could slid my workout step easily if I wanted to move it. When I set up my step now it is locked into that floor! Surprisingly I haven’t noticed a big difference in the feel when I jump. I do noticed great stability with exercises tho–like a lunge, my feet are locked into the floor. We bought a large rug to put down when company comes over but I will also have to use the rug for workouts that use a sliding device.

      I have never heard of a slam ball. I just looked it up and it sounds like it is basically the same thing as a medicine ball (weighted ball, comes in various weights and sizes) but the difference it is made not to bounce. I guess if you slam a med ball on the ground it could bounce up or break. I doubt any of my med balls would break but I guess they might bounce up a little if I threw them at a rubber floor.


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