Workout Routines

Today's Workout 120: The high-energy circuit to build out your upper body

Blast through this three-move routine to gain mass in your back, chest, and shoulders.

Man Does Alternating Dumbbell Row Exercise During Chest Workout
Duration 30-45
Equipment Yes

Before you can start seeing the results of your hard work in the gym—the monster muscle you've been building—you're going to need to burn off that last layer of fat.

This double-duty workout takes care of both—hex presses and alternating bentover dumbbell rows will work to build mass in your back, shoulders, and chest, while a set of burpees will incinerate fat.


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 five to 10 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 back and chest work:

Check out our favorite old-school bodybuilder's chest and back workout, our 10 best chest exercises for beginners, and our chest, back, and arms workout for training partners

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Today's Workout 120 The high-energy circuit to build out your upper body (do 5-10 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Dumbbell Hex Press You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Burpee You'll need: No Equipment How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Bentover Dumbbell Row You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
10 (each side) reps
30-60 sec. rest
Alternate with each arm.