You asked and we listened; earlier this month we put the call out to our Insta-fam to learn what they wanted from us when it comes to workouts. Overwhelmingly, our followers wanted more workouts for beginners, that would deliver a direct case of the upper-body pumps. Putting on our investigation hats, we sent the call out to our unbeatable network of MH publications around the world, before landing on this absolute banger from our mates in the UK.
This workout, devised by Olu Adepitan, PT at London's The Lomax Way, is everything you asked for. High reps and managable weight gives way to a struggle to maintain correct form, especially by the end of the workout.
Widen the doorways, clear your DM's, and buy a bigger shirt, because size will be the prize for crushing this workout.
45-degree incline dumbbell chest press
Lie back on a bench set to a 45-degree angle and lift the weights up to shoulder height, palms facing away from you. Breathe out as you press up with both arms. Lock out your arms and squeeze your chest before returning slowly to the start position.
Barbell bench press
Lie back on a flat bench holding a barbell in the rack above you with a shoulder-width, overhand grip. Lift the bar off the rack and position it above your chest with arms fully extended. From the starting position, breathe in and lower the bar slowly until it skims the middle of your chest. Push the bar back to the starting position explosively as you breathe out. That’s one rep.
Attach stirrup handles to the high pulleys of a cable crossover machine. Take one in each hand – your arms should be outstretched with a slight bend. Place one foot slightly forward, brace your core, and pull the handles downward and across your body. Return to the start position under control
Close grip EZ bar skullcrusher
Lie back on a flat bench. Grip the EZ bar on the innermost grips and extend your arms straight up, palms facing your feet. Keeping your elbows fixed and tucked in, lower the bar until it is about an inch from your forehead. Slowly extend your arms back to the starting position without locking your elbows.
Standing dumbbell tricep extension
Stand tall and hold a dumbbell with both hands directly above your head. Slowly flex your elbows and lower the weight behind your head as you keep your upper arms still. Extend your arms and repeat.
Triceps cable rope pushdown
Attach a rope handle to the high pulley of a cable station. Keeping your elbows tucked in at your sides grab the handle, tense your core, and bring your hands down until your arms are fully extended, then return to the starting position. Only your forearms should move.