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 Man performs one-arm dumbbell row in gym

Man performs one-arm dumbbell row in gym

Anyone who’s spent time in the weights room will know their way around an upper-body workout and will have enjoyed the benefits that come from training your top half. We’re talking increased muscle mass, better mobility and, of course, carrying heavy bags of groceries with ease.

One of the most popular ways to structure training your upper body is a push/pull workout;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “>push/pull workout, which targets the muscles worked when you push (chest, shoulders and triceps) and pull (back and biceps). You can dedicate an entire session to each movement pattern, as with this push workout and this pull-workout-template-for-later” data-ylk=”slk:pull workout;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “>pull workout, or you can combine the two into one all-round upper-body strengthening workout, like the one below, put together by fitness trainer Cameron Ahouse.

The workout requires dumbbells, a Smith machine and a weight bench. Select a weight that is heavy enough to challenge you throughout, but not so heavy that you find you can’t finish the routine or that your form suffers.

Watch Ahouse’s form carefully before taking on this workout, and if you’re unsure about anything, brush up with our exercise guides linked to below or ask one of your gym’s PTs. Poor form can lead to muscle strain and injury, as well as not getting all the potential muscle-building benefits from the work you’re putting in.

Ahouse doesn’t include a warm-up in his video, but you should never go straight into an intense weights workout like this one cold. If you don’t have a routine, commit this gym warm-up to memory.

Watch Cameron Ahouse’s Push/Pull Workout

For the first two moves, Ahouse performs three sets of eight reps. For the supersets, it’s four sets of 10 reps.

Movements In Cameron Ahouse’s Push/Pull Workout

This workout follows the principles of hypertrophy training so it will help you build muscle, as long as you enable your body to recover well with proper rest and nutrition. This meal plan for muscle gain has plenty of ideas for healthy meals and high-protein snacks, or if you’re pressed for time and have the disposable income, meal prep services make it easier to get the nutrients you need to support your training.

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