Workout Routines

Today's Workout 108: 4 punishing moves to put your fitness to the test

Get through six rounds of these back-to-back exercises without stopping (or keeling over), and you know you're in good shape.

Today's Workout 5: The circuit to crush your core
Duration 30-45
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

While most workouts will definitely challenge you, few will really put your strength, endurance, and overall fitness to the test.

This circuit is one of those few.

Even though it has just four moves—single-arm squat and presses, elbow planks, dumbbell rows, and controlled mountain climbers—it's going to attack almost every single muscle in your body. Get through six rounds of this in just 30 minutes without stopping for longer than the allotted rest periods, and you're in ridiculous shape. If you can't (and hey, no shame), then incorporate it into your fitness routine until you're able to crush it.

Directions

You'll do this workout as a circuit, meaning you'll complete each exercise consecutively without rest. Once you've finished all exercises, rest for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat the entire circuit for four to six rounds.

Depending upon your ability, you may shorten or lengthen the rest periods between circuits. You may also complete more or fewer rounds.

For more total-body work:

Check out our favorite total-body cardio workout, our new-year total-body reconstruction plan, and our ultimate total-body workout to build maximum muscle.

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

Today's Workout 108 4 punishing moves to put your fitness to the test (do 4-6 rounds)

Exercise 1A.

Dumbbell Squat You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest
Use one dumbbell, as shown in the video.

Exercise 1B.

One-Arm Overhead Press You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest
Perform in two parts, as shown in the video.

Exercise 2.

Elbow Plank How to
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-- sets
To failure reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Bentover Dumbbell Row You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
25 reps
0 sec. rest
Perform as quickly as possible, as shown in the video.

Exercise 4.

Mountain Climber You'll need: Medicine Ball How to
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-- sets
10 reps
30-60 sec. rest
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