Tackle this three-part session – requiring just one pair of dumbbells – from online coach James Middleton.

Giant sets – multiple sets of different moves done back-to-back with little or no rest – are a great way to kick-start stubborn muscles into growth, and the high work rate ensures a serious calorie burn in the process.

While supersets often target antagonistic muscles, giant sets tent to target a single body part – in this case, legs, then arms, then abs – to maximise muscle recruitment.

In other words, get ready to feel the burn!

GIANT SET 1

– Complete 12 reps of each exercise.
– Do each exercise in the set back-to-back, with minimal rest.
– Once you’ve completed the fourth exercise, rest for 60-90 secs.
– Complete 4 rounds in total.

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1a. DB Goblet Squat

  • Start with your feet just outside hip-width, toes slightly turned out, holding a dumbbell by one end close to your chest.
  • Pull your ribs down and brace your core.
  • While keeping your chest lifted, send your hips backwards and bend your knees to descend.
  • Squeeze your glutes and push the floor away with your heels to return to standing.

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1b. Bulgarian Split Squat

  • Rest the instep of your back foot on a chair and plant your front foot so it’s facing forwards.
  • Your hips should be facing forward and your torso should be upright with your core braced.
  • Keeping your torso upright, lower until your front thigh is parallel to the floor.
  • Keep your front knee in line with your foot but make sure it doesn’t travel beyond your toes.

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1c. DB Lunge

  • Start with your feet hip-width, holding a pair of dumbbells at your sides.
  • Engage your core and take a long stride forward, keeping your torso upright and allowing your back knee to stop just above the floor.
  • Drive through your front heel, while simultaneously pushing away the floor with your back foot to join your legs and return to standing.
  • Repeat on the other leg.

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1d. DB Single-Leg Glute Bridge

  • Lie face up on the floor, with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground.
  • Hold a dumbbell on your upper left thigh.
  • Lift your right leg off the floor as your raise your hips off the ground until your knees, hips and shoulders form a straight line.
  • Squeeze your glutes and keep your bellybutton drawn in so that you don’t over-extend your back.
  • Hold the bridged position, while driving your hands into the ground, for a couple of seconds before easing back down.
  • Complete all your reps on this side, then switch.

GIANT SET 2

– Complete 15 reps of each exercise.
– Do each exercise in the set back-to-back, with minimal rest.
– At the end of the set, rest for 60 secs.
– Complete 4 rounds in total.

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2a. DB Skullcrusher

  • Hold a dumbbell in each hand and lie face up on the floor, with knees bent.
  • Lift the weights above your chest with palms facing each other.
  • Tuck your elbows in and press your shoulders down, then slowly bend your elbows to lower the dumbbells to around ear height.
  • Keep your upper arms as fixed as possible to isolate the triceps.
  • Press back up to the start.

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2b. Press-Up

  • Position your hands underneath your chest – in the press-up position, you should be able to draw a straight line from your nipple to your thumbnail.
  • Your body should form a straight line from the top of your head to your heels – think straight-arm plank, with an extra movement.
  • Stay ‘tight’ throughout: clench your glutes and tighten your abs, as if you’re about to take a punch to the stomach.
  • ‘Screw’ the heels of your hands into the floor. Doing so will stabilise your shoulder joints and give you more strength for each rep.

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2c. DB Alternating Bicep Curl

  • Stand with your back straight, your shoulders back and your core braced.
  • Grip the dumbbells with palms facing out and tuck your elbows into your sides.
  • Curl one weight up, without rotating your wrists and keeping your elbows tucked in.
  • Squeeze your bicep at the top of the movement.
  • Lower with control and repeat with the other arm.

GIANT SET 3

– Complete 20 reps of each exercise.
– Do each exercise in the set back-to-back, with minimal rest.
– At the end of the set, rest for 60 secs.
– Complete 4 rounds in total.

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3a. Ab Walkout

  • Stand tall with feet hip-width apart.
  • Crouch to the ground and walk your hands forward into a high plank.
  • Pause to feel the activation of your abs.
  • Walk your hands back towards your feet, before coming up to a low squat and returning to standing.

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3b. Russian Twist

  • Sit on the floor, with your back straight and knees bent at 45˚.
  • Hold a dumbbell in both hands.
  • Twist your torso to one side, and tap the weight on the floor.
  • Maintaining tension in your abs, twist your torso to the opposite side, using your abs to control the momentum.
  • Tapping both sides equals one rep.

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3c. Bicycle Crunch

  • Lie on your back, with hands held behind your head.
  • Bring your knees up, with shins parallel to the floor.
  • Straighten your left leg out and turn your upper body to the right, bringing your left elbow towards your right knee.
  • Return to the centre, with both knees bent and elbows wide.
  • Repeat on the other side. That’s one rep.

 

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