Workout Routines

Today's Workout 43: The core circuit to chisel your upper body

This series of abs and chest exercises will melt away fat and carve out definition.

Man Does Medicine Ball Russian Twist Exercise
Duration 30-45
Exercises 3
Equipment Yes

Melt fat. Carve out upper-body definition.

That's what this circuit does—and it's damn good at it, too.

These exercises don't require any special equipment or fancy moves, but they're guaranteed to effectively blast flab and build muscle in your chest and abs. A starting round of medicine ball diagonal chops will warm up your midsection, while a round of pushups will build up your pecs, triceps, and core. A finishing round of reverse crunches will provide that last-minute abdominal burn to make sure you're really sweating.


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 43 The core circuit to chisel your upper body (do 5-10 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Medicine Ball Woodchop You'll need: Medicine Ball How to
Medicine Ball Woodchop thumbnail
-- sets
10 (each side) reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Pushup How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Reverse Crunch You'll need: Resistance Band How to
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-- sets
20 reps
30 sec. rest