Workout Routines

Today's Workout 141: The double-duty abs and shoulders circuit

Work your core, delts, and traps to exhaustion—and get in and out of the gym in just 30 minutes.

Man Does Dumbbell Curl And Press Exercise
Duration 30-45
Exercises 3
Equipment Yes

Short on time? Feeling the urge to skip the gym? Do this circuit instead.

Get in and out of the gym in just 30 minutes with this three-move circuit that'll primarily work your abs and shoulders. Attack back-to-back rounds of dumbbell clean and presses, barbell rollouts, and mountain climbers to feel the burn in your core, delts, and traps—all while building serious upper-body muscle.


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 5–10 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 abs and shoulders work:

Check out our favorite 10 upper-body moves that build your core, our 30 best shoulders exercises of all time, and our 15-minute HIIT workout to target abs.

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Today's Workout 141 The double-duty abs and shoulders circuit (do 5-10 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Dumbbell Clean and Press You'll need: Dumbbells How to
CrossFit-Inspired Challenges: The dumbbell complex to torch every muscle thumbnail
-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Barbell Rollout You'll need: Barbell How to
Barbell Rollout  thumbnail
-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

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