Workout Routines

Today's Workout 49: The dumbbell-only circuit to pound your arms and back

Your lats, biceps, traps, and delts will seriously feel the burn with this monster descending rep scheme workout routine.

Man Performs Dumbbell Squat Punch Exercise During Workout
Duration 40-60
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

It's time to get fired up. More specifically, it's time to fire up the muscles in your back and arms.

The three exercises in this circuit—dumbbell squat punches, dumbbell raise rotations, and rear-delt flyes—all utilize weight to strengthen and grow your lats, biceps, traps, and delts, meaning you'll be filling out that sweater or T-shirt in no time. With this many reps, it doesn't matter how tough you are—by the last round of this circuit, we guarantee your muscles will be screaming.

Directions

You'll do this workout as a circuit with a descending rep scheme. Each circuit has 10 rounds. In the first round, you'll do each exercise back-to-back-to-back for 10 reps, then rest for 90 to 120 seconds. The next round, you'll do each exercise for 9 reps, then rest; next, do each exercise for 8 reps, etc., until you've gone through 10 total rounds. That's one circuit. Repeat the entire circuit for 2 or 3 total circuits.

Depending upon your ability, you may shorten or lengthen the rest periods. You may also complete just 1 circuit, or more than 3, if you feel up for it.

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Today's Workout 49 The dumbbell-only circuit to pound your arms and back (descending rep scheme, do 2-3 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Dumbbell Squat Punch You'll need: Dumbbells How to
Man does dumbbell squat punch thumbnail
-- sets
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Dumbbell Side-to-Side Rotation You'll need: Dumbbells How to
How To Do A Dumbbell Side-To-Side Swing thumbnail
-- sets
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 reps
0 sec. rest
Perform this exercise holding a dumbbell in each hand.

Exercise 3.

Rear-Delt Flye How to
Rear Delt Flye  thumbnail
-- sets
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 reps
90-120 sec. rest
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