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The Classic Iron Workout Program: Build your legs, shoulders, and abs on day 2

Get ready to push your limits (and pull some serious weight) with deadlifts, shoulder presses, and planks.

Today's Workout
Duration 30
Exercises 3
Equipment Yes

As we continue our Classic Iron Workout Program, we'll be utilizing more tried-and-true exercises with which you're probably familiar, like deadlifts and planks. These classic muscle-building strategies work just as well now as they did decades ago—so why fix what isn't broken?

On Day 2 we're working on legs, shoulders, and abs. In the video above, Sean Collins, C.S.C.S., the head powerlifting coach at Murder of Crows Barbell Club in Brooklyn, shows us how it's done.


This workout (and the program overall) is designed to increase your strength above all. You'll rest for 5-7 minutes between the deadlift sets, so make sure you're using a challenging weight that pushes your limits on those lifts. (Also, make sure you warm up thoroughly before those deadlifts. Here's a guide to warming up before lifting heavy.)

Pro tip: For the dumbbell overhead press, you should start with the dumbbells at eye height, raise them so that the two dumbbells make contact over your head, and then slowly bring them down to ear height.

For more upper-body work

Check out 25 strength-training exercises for the best upper-body workout of all time, the best upper-body workout, and 10 upper-body moves that build your core.

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Today's Workout The Classic Iron Workout Program: Day 2

Exercise 1.

Deadlift You'll need: Barbell How to
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3 sets
10 reps
5-7 min. rest

Exercise 2.

Dumbbell Overhead Press You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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5 sets
5 reps
90-120 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Plank You'll need: No Equipment How to
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4 sets
1 min. hold reps
90-120 sec. rest