Workout Routines

Today's Workout 39: Build serious upper-body strength with this fat-burning circuit

This flab-blasting workout routine will forge rock-solid abs, arms, and shoulders.

Man Does Alternating Dumbbell Row Exercise During Chest Workout
Duration 30-45
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

Ready to blast your upper body with a rapid-fire routine that can improve your physique while also whittling away fat? This strength-building workout is the best place to start.

The first exercise in this routine—a lying-feet-elevated, neutral-grip shoulder raise—is a double whammy, as it'll pound both your core and shoulder muscles at the same time. Move on to dumbbell pushups to work your chest, core, and triceps (again), and then switch to a pull with some dumbbell bentover rows to hit your lats, traps, and biceps. Finish off with a set of burpees—it's the fat-burner you'll need (but probably won't want) at the end of this workout to burn away any excess calories and tax your cardiovascular fitness.


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 seconds. Repeat the entire circuit for 5 to 10 rounds.

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

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Today's Workout 39 Build serious strength from the waist up (do 5-10 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Leg-Raised Neutral-Grip Shoulder Press You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
10 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2.

Pushup How to
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-- sets
10 reps
-- rest
Hold onto a pair of dumbbells as you perform the pushups.

Exercise 3.

Dumbbell bentover row You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
10 reps
-- rest

Exercise 4.

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