Supersize your chest, back, arms and shoulders while stripping away belly fat with this six-move upper-body blast.

Working one main muscle group per workout – known as a body-part split – might have been the gold standard for the golden age of bodybuilding, but if you can only train a couple of times per week you need a more efficient approach to get maximum bang for your buck.

This six-move session targets all your major upper-body muscle groups, using different angles and rep ranges to recruit and fatigue as many muscle fibres as possible, so they’re rebuilt bigger and stronger.

Workout Instructions

This is a six-move session made up of 2 straight sets then 2 supersets. Do all reps of move 1, sticking to the sets, reps and rest shown, then do all sets of move 2. Then do moves 3b and 3b as a superset, and the same again for moves 4a and 4b.

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1. Bench Press

Reps: 8
Rest: 60 secs
Sets: 5

Why:
 The classic big lift for a bigger, stronger and wider chest.
How:

  • Lie flat on a bench holding a barbell with an overhand grip, hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Plant your heels on the floor, tense your glutes and core, then lower the bar to your chest and press it back up.

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2. Chin-Ups

Reps: 5-8
Rest: 60 secs
Sets: 5

Why: The best bodyweight move for bigger arms, and one that also works your entire upper back.
How:

  • Hang from a bar with a shoulder-width underhand grip.
  • Engage your abs and glutes and, keeping your chest up, pull yourself up until your chin clears the bar.
  • Pause in this position, then slowly lower yourself back to the start.

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3a. Incline Dumbbell Bicep Curls

Reps: 12
Rest: 30 secs
Sets:  4

Why: Starting with your arms behind your torso increases the range of motion.
How:

  • Lie back on a incline bench with a dumbbell in each hand and arms straight.
  • Keeping your elbows in position, curl the weights up to shoulder height and squeeze your biceps.
  • Slowly lower back to the start.

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3b. Incline Dumbbell Flyes

Reps: 12
Rest: 60 secs
Sets: 4

Why: It works your upper and outer pecs to build a broader chest.
How:

  • Lie back on an incline bench, holding a dumbbell in each hand with arms straight and palms facing.
  • With your chest up and a slight bend in your elbows, lower the weights out to the sides until you feel a good stretch across your chest, then raise them back to the start.

NOTE: For this final superset, if you don’t have access to a cable machine, superset Diamond Press-Ups with Wide Press-Ups instead. Aim for 10-15 reps of each, rest for 60 secs, and repeat 3 times. 

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4a. Cable Rope Overhead Extensions

Reps: 15
Rest: 30 secs
Sets:

Why: This move works your triceps through a full range of motion, and the cable forces your muscles to work hard in both the lifting and lowering phases.
How:

  • Stand tall, holding a double-rope handle attached to the low pulley of a cable machine.
  • Turn to face away, bringing your hands up to your head.
  • Keeping your elbows still and pointing up, press the handles up and forwards to straighten your arms.
  • Flex your triceps at the top, then return to the start. 

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4b. Cable Cross-Overs

Reps: 15
Rest: 60 secs
Sets: 4

Why: It isolates the chest muscles and hits the inner and outer sections of the pecs.
How:

  • Stand tall in the middle of a cable machine, holding a D-handle in each hand attached to the high pulley.
  • With a slight bend in your elbows, bring your hands down and in so they cross in front of your body.
  • Pause for a second, then reverse the move to the start.