Workout Routines

Today's Workout 78: The no-holds-barred circuit to pound your upper body

This shoulder- and lat-blasting routine doesn't pull any punches—especially considering it's going to have you doing a ton of them.

Man Performs Dumbbell Squat Punch Exercise During Workout
Duration 30-45
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

Dumbbell lateral raises, dumbbell squat punches, dumbbell standing punches, and bentover reverse flyes—these are the exercises (in that order) you need to build a shredded upper body.

But we're not just talking a few rounds. No, we're talking 10 back-to-back grueling rounds of this grueling circuit that'll target your shoulders, lats, triceps, and back. If you can get through that, you definitely deserve the ripped upper body you've been working toward.

Directions

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 to 10 rounds.

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

For more upper-body work:

Check out our favorite upper-body circuit to raise the bar, our 11 essential pushup variations for beginners, and our 25 strength-training exercises for the best upper-body workout of all time.

For a complete archive of our daily quick-hit routines, go to mensfitness.com/todaysworkout.

Today's Workout 78: The no-holds-barred circuit to pound your upper body (do 5-10 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Dumbbell Lateral Raise You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
10 (5 per side) reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

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

Exercise 3.

Punches How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest
Hold a pair of dumbbells, as shown in the video.

Exercise 4.

Bentover Reverse Flye You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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-- sets
10 reps
30-60 sec. rest
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