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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