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The 5-day Upper-body Pump Challenge: Beef up your back, biceps, and abs on day 5

Boost your strength and put on lean mass with this upper-body workout.

The 5-day Upper-body Pump Challenge: Day 5
Duration 45-60
Exercises 8
Equipment Yes

Just because you've made it to day five of the Upper-body Pump Challenge it doesn't mean you're done putting in the work.

On the last day of this program from Prince Brathwaite, personal trainer and founder of Trooper Fitness, you'll hammer your back, biceps, and core with eight intense, upper-body moves. And if you're not doing this workout as part of the week-long program, you can incorporate it into your regular routine and still build big muscle.

Directions

Perform the exercise pairs (marked A and B) as supersets. You’ll do a set of A and then a set of B before resting. Repeat for all the prescribed sets. Exercise 1, the weighted pullup, is done with conventional straight sets.

For exercises 2A (the wide-grip bentover row) and 4A (the dumbbell curl), you may add bands for extra resistance.

For exercise 3B, alternate between the star plank and the regular plank, as shown in the video.

For exercise 4C (the weighted situp), you may use dumbbells, a kettlebell, or a barbell—whichever you have on hand.

Depending upon your ability, you may increase or decrease the rest periods between supersets.

For more upper-body work

Check out our favorite 10 workouts for a stronger back and abs, our 30 best back exercises of all time, and the 30-minute big back workout routine.

For a complete archive of our daily quick-hit routines, go to mensfitness.com/todaysworkout.

The 5-day Upper-body Pump Challenge Day 5: Beef up your back, biceps, and abs

Exercise 1.

Weighted Pullup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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4 sets
8 reps
90 sec. rest

Exercise 2A.

Wide-Grip Bentover Row You'll need: Barbell How to
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4 sets
8 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2B.

Barbell Rollout You'll need: Barbell How to
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4 sets
8 reps
90 sec. rest

Exercise 3A.

Shrug You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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4 sets
8 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3B.

Star plank You'll need: No Equipment How to
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4 sets
8 reps
90 sec. rest
Alternate between star plank and regular plank, as shown in the video.

Exercise 4A.

Dumbbell Curl You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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4 sets
8 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4B.

Band Curl You'll need: Resistance Band How to
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4 sets
8 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4C.

Weighted Situp You'll need: Weight Plates How to
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4 sets
8 reps
90 sec. rest
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