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Barbell Push

52 min
 · 
14 exercises
Take note of the amount of weight you should be working with on each and every rep! Be sure to read the workout notes, push through, and finish up with the As Many Circuits As Possible (AMCAP) 8-minute finisher.
Incline Push-ups
2 sets
8 reps
30 sec rest
Warm up: keep these slow and controlled. No explosive movements.
1:00 rest
Barbell Bench Press
2 sets
10 reps
60 sec rest
Warm-up sets: Take 2 sets to warm up. Start with 40% of your ORM and then 50% of your ORM.
1:00 rest
Barbell Bench Press
3 sets
10 reps
90 sec rest
Working sets: Use 75% of your One Rep Max and aim for a steady and controlled 10 reps per set.
1:00 rest
Bodyweight Shoulder Presses
2 sets
8 reps
30 sec rest
Warm up: keep these slow and controlled. No explosive movements.
1:00 rest
Barbell Shoulder Press
2 sets
10 reps
60 sec rest
Warm-up sets: Take 2 sets to warm up. Start with 40% of your ORM and then 50% of your ORM.
1:00 rest
Barbell Shoulder Press
3 sets
10 reps
90 sec rest
Working sets: Use 75% of your One Rep Max and aim for a steady and controlled 10 reps per set.
1:00 rest
A
Single Arm Alternating Dumbbell/Chest/Flat Bench Press
3 sets
20 reps
Keep one arm extended as the other works, then swap with each rep. 20 in total.
A
Medicine Ball Floor Press
3 sets
15 reps
90 sec rest
Use and 6 - 9-kg ball here and go for explosive reps!
1:00 rest
B
Seated Shoulder Hammer Presses
3 sets
20 reps
Keep one arm extended as the other works, then swap with each rep. 20 in total.
B
Overhead Plate Presses
3 sets
15 reps
90 sec rest
Keep the weight low and work through these with a faster tempo per rep!
0:15 rest
Standing Rest
1 sets
60 secs
Take a minute to review the finishing circuit, set up all equipment and complete AMCAP in 8 mins!
0:15 rest
Dumbbell Snatch
1 sets
10 reps
10-20 kg
8-min Circuit: Hit 5 reps per side before moving straight on to the dips!
Triceps Dips
1 sets
6 reps
8-min Circuit: Aim to create a 90-degree angle at the elbow for each rep
Medicine Ball Wall Throw
1 sets
14 reps
6-9 kg
8-min Circuit: The squat isn't necessary, just drive the ball up to a 10-foot target 14 times!
Barbell Push
52 min
 · 
14 exercises
Take note of the amount of weight you should be working with on each and every rep! Be sure to read the workout notes, push through, and finish up with the As Many Circuits As Possible (AMCAP) 8-minute finisher.
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Incline Push-ups
2 sets
8 reps
30 sec rest
Set 1 of 2
Rest before next set
Get ready
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Warm up: keep these slow and controlled. No explosive movements.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Set up a bench or stable elevated surface. Begin with both hands on the bench at shoulder-width or just outside of shoulder-width.
  2. Place your feet straight behind you while you tighten your abs and engage the hips. Your hips should not dip or elevate too high during the movement.
  3. Slowly lower yourself towards the bench. Once your upper arms are parallel with the floor, pause, and return to the starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Set a barbell in a weight rack at the low end of a decline bench,making sure it is at a height you can reach without fully extending your arms.
  2. Secure your feet under the stirrup, bar or strap at the high end of the bench and lie flat on your back with the rack slightly behind you.
  3. Using an overhand grip, grip the bar with your hands about twice your shoulder width apart.
  4. Push up to lift the bar from the rack and hold it directly over you with your arms locked. Your arms should be at 90 degrees to the floor. This is the start position.
  5. Bend your elbows to slowly lower the barbell until it touches our chest, inhaling as you do so.
  6. Hold for a count of one.
  7. Return to the start position by pushing the bar using your chest muscles, exhaling as you do so.
  8. At the top of the movement, lock your arms and squeeze your chest muscles.
  9. Hold for a count of one. Repeat.

If you are new at this exercise, you should use a spotter. If no spotter is available, then be conservative with the amount of weight used. Do not  let the bar drift too far forward, it should touch down your lower chest only. Don't bounce the weight off your chest. Keep full control of the barbell at all times. When performing this exercise, use a 2:1:1 count. That is a count of two on the downward movement. Pause for a count of one. A count of one one the upward movement. You can also use dumbbells or exercise bands to perform this exercise.

Primary muscle group(s):
Chest, Triceps
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders
  1. Place a pair of dumbbells on the floor next to a decline bench. Secure yourself in the bench. Pick up dumbbells and hold them above you with a slight bend in the elbow.
  2. Keeping the dumbbells in line with your chest, slowly open up your arms to the sides.
  3. Stop when your upper arms are parallel with the floor.
  4. Squeeze your chest muscles and slowly return to starting position. Repeat.
Rest
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Barbell Bench Press
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Barbell Bench Press
2 sets
10 reps
60 sec rest
Set 1 of 2
Rest before next set
Get ready
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Warm-up sets: Take 2 sets to warm up. Start with 40% of your ORM and then 50% of your ORM.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Position yourself with your back down on a flat bench placing the hands up on the bar using an underhand grip slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
  2. After taking a deep breath in, extend the elbows and lift the bar up off the rack until elbows are extended but not locked. Pause for a brief movement as you fully extend your breath.
  3. Lower the weight directly down to the chest as you breath inwards, keeping the movement pattern slow and steady.
  4. Once just above the chest, pause, and then press directly up again, exhaling your breath.
  5. Continue until all reps are completed and then re-rack the barbell.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Lie on a flat bench holding a dumbbell in each hand with an overhand grip.
  2. Start by holding the dumbbells slightly wider than shoulder width apart above your shoulders. Your palms should be facing forward.
  3. Slowly bend your elbows until they are at a 90 degree angle and your upper arms are parallel to the ground.
  4. Push the weights up by straightening your arms.
  5. As you push the weights up, move your arms in an arc to bring the dumbbells together, until they meet over the center of your chest. Hold for a count of one.
  6. Lower the dumbbells by slowly bending your elbows back to 90 degrees.
  7. Continue lowering your arms until they are a little lower than parallel to the floor. (Your elbows should be pointing slightly towards the floor and you should feel a stretch in your chest muscles and shoulders.)
  8. Repeat

Be sure to concentrate on a balanced movement when lifting the dumbbells. Use both arms equally spaced and moving at the same speed.

Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Place a pair of dumbbells on the floor. Lie on your back in between the dumbbells. Bend your knees and move your feet towards your butt.
  2. Grab the dumbbells and hold them above you. Allow your upper arms to remain on the floor. Begin the movement by pushing the dumbbells over your chest. Pause at the top and squeeze your chest muscles.
  3. Slowly bring the weights down to the starting position, allowing your arms to rest for a brief moment before beginning the next repetition.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Sit on the seat with your upper chest just above the horizontal handles.
  2. Push the foot lever until you are able to grasp the lever.
  3. Gras the handles using a wide overhand grip and place your elbows out to the sides just below your shoulders.
  4. Release the foot lever and press the hand lever out until your arms are fully extended.
  5. Return the weight until your chest muscles are slightly stretched.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Get into position by placing your hands flat on the floor, directly below your shoulders.
  2. Extend your legs out behind you, with only your toes and balls of your feet touching the floor.
  3. Hold your body up and keep your back straight by tightening your abdominal muscles.
  4. Your neck and head should be bent slightly back.
  5. Lower your chest towards the ground by bending your elbows until your chest is just above the ground or you feel a stretching of your chest and shoulders. Hold for a count of one.
  6. Press upwards from your chest and shoulders, straightening your arms as you return to the starting position. Hold for a count of one.
  7. Repeat.
Rest
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Barbell Bench Press
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Barbell Bench Press
3 sets
10 reps
90 sec rest
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
Get ready
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Working sets: Use 75% of your One Rep Max and aim for a steady and controlled 10 reps per set.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Position yourself with your back down on a flat bench placing the hands up on the bar using an underhand grip slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
  2. After taking a deep breath in, extend the elbows and lift the bar up off the rack until elbows are extended but not locked. Pause for a brief movement as you fully extend your breath.
  3. Lower the weight directly down to the chest as you breath inwards, keeping the movement pattern slow and steady.
  4. Once just above the chest, pause, and then press directly up again, exhaling your breath.
  5. Continue until all reps are completed and then re-rack the barbell.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Lie on a flat bench holding a dumbbell in each hand with an overhand grip.
  2. Start by holding the dumbbells slightly wider than shoulder width apart above your shoulders. Your palms should be facing forward.
  3. Slowly bend your elbows until they are at a 90 degree angle and your upper arms are parallel to the ground.
  4. Push the weights up by straightening your arms.
  5. As you push the weights up, move your arms in an arc to bring the dumbbells together, until they meet over the center of your chest. Hold for a count of one.
  6. Lower the dumbbells by slowly bending your elbows back to 90 degrees.
  7. Continue lowering your arms until they are a little lower than parallel to the floor. (Your elbows should be pointing slightly towards the floor and you should feel a stretch in your chest muscles and shoulders.)
  8. Repeat

Be sure to concentrate on a balanced movement when lifting the dumbbells. Use both arms equally spaced and moving at the same speed.

Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Place a pair of dumbbells on the floor. Lie on your back in between the dumbbells. Bend your knees and move your feet towards your butt.
  2. Grab the dumbbells and hold them above you. Allow your upper arms to remain on the floor. Begin the movement by pushing the dumbbells over your chest. Pause at the top and squeeze your chest muscles.
  3. Slowly bring the weights down to the starting position, allowing your arms to rest for a brief moment before beginning the next repetition.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Sit on the seat with your upper chest just above the horizontal handles.
  2. Push the foot lever until you are able to grasp the lever.
  3. Gras the handles using a wide overhand grip and place your elbows out to the sides just below your shoulders.
  4. Release the foot lever and press the hand lever out until your arms are fully extended.
  5. Return the weight until your chest muscles are slightly stretched.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Get into position by placing your hands flat on the floor, directly below your shoulders.
  2. Extend your legs out behind you, with only your toes and balls of your feet touching the floor.
  3. Hold your body up and keep your back straight by tightening your abdominal muscles.
  4. Your neck and head should be bent slightly back.
  5. Lower your chest towards the ground by bending your elbows until your chest is just above the ground or you feel a stretching of your chest and shoulders. Hold for a count of one.
  6. Press upwards from your chest and shoulders, straightening your arms as you return to the starting position. Hold for a count of one.
  7. Repeat.
Rest
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Bodyweight Shoulder Presses
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Bodyweight Shoulder Presses
2 sets
8 reps
30 sec rest
Set 1 of 2
Rest before next set
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Warm up: keep these slow and controlled. No explosive movements.
Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Chest
  1. From a push-up position push your glutes upwards and walk your feet in so that you are in a downward-dog pose.
  2. The shape of your body should look like a triangle from the side.
  3. Lower your shoulders towards the ground by bending your elbows.
  4. Allow your forehead to very lightly make contact with the ground before pushing upwards and away back into the starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Get into position by placing your hands flat on the floor, directly below your shoulders.
  2. Extend your legs out behind you, with only your toes and balls of your feet touching the floor.
  3. Hold your body up and keep your back straight by tightening your abdominal muscles.
  4. Your neck and head should be bent slightly back.
  5. Lower your chest towards the ground by bending your elbows until your chest is just above the ground or you feel a stretching of your chest and shoulders. Hold for a count of one.
  6. Press upwards from your chest and shoulders, straightening your arms as you return to the starting position. Hold for a count of one.
  7. Repeat.
Rest
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Barbell Shoulder Press
Next
Barbell Shoulder Press
2 sets
10 reps
60 sec rest
Set 1 of 2
Rest before next set
Get ready
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Warm-up sets: Take 2 sets to warm up. Start with 40% of your ORM and then 50% of your ORM.
Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs, Triceps, Upper Back & Lower Traps
  1. Place a bench with a back support inside a squat rack and set up a barbell at a height that is just above your head.
  2. Grip the barbell with an overhand grip.
  3. Space your hands out so that your elbows are bent at 90 degrees.
  4. Lift the bar to around shoulder level by extending your arms.  This is the start position.
  5. Inhaling, lower the bar  to your shoulders slowly.
  6. Hold for a count of one while squeezing your shoulder muscles.
  7. Push the barbell back to the start position as you exhaling as you do so..
  8. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

This exercise can also be performed standing.

Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs, Triceps, Upper Back & Lower Traps
  1. Sit on a military press bench or bench that has a back support, holding a dumbbell in each hand with an overhand grip.
  2. Place the dumbbells on top of your thighs with your palms facing down.
  3. Raise the dumbbells to your shoulders.
  4. Rotate your wrists so that the palms of your hands are facing away from you. This is the start position.
  5. As you exhale,  push the dumbbells up and over your head by extending your arms until the dumbbells touch at the top of the movement.
  6. Pause for a count of one.
  7. Slowly return to the start position inhaling as you do so.
  8. Repeat.

This exercise can be performed standing or sitting on  flat bench. For people with lower back problems, the version described is better.

Primary muscle group(s):
Chest, Shoulders
Secondary:
Triceps
  1. Holding a water bottle in each hand, stand straight, with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Raise the water bottles to head height by rotating your arms forward and up.
  3. Your triceps should be parallel to the floor and your elbows bent at 90 degrees. This is the start position.
  4. Keeping your back straight and using only your arms, extend through your shoulders and elbows to drive the water bottles straight up, exhaling as you do so.
  5. As your arms reach the fully extended position, bring them in towards each other until the water bottles touch lightly together.
  6. Hold for a count of one, while squeezing your shoulder muscles.
  7. In a controlled movement, return to the starting position, inhaling as you do so.
  8. Repeat.
Rest
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Barbell Shoulder Press
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Barbell Shoulder Press
3 sets
10 reps
90 sec rest
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
Get ready
321GO
Working sets: Use 75% of your One Rep Max and aim for a steady and controlled 10 reps per set.
Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs, Triceps, Upper Back & Lower Traps
  1. Place a bench with a back support inside a squat rack and set up a barbell at a height that is just above your head.
  2. Grip the barbell with an overhand grip.
  3. Space your hands out so that your elbows are bent at 90 degrees.
  4. Lift the bar to around shoulder level by extending your arms.  This is the start position.
  5. Inhaling, lower the bar  to your shoulders slowly.
  6. Hold for a count of one while squeezing your shoulder muscles.
  7. Push the barbell back to the start position as you exhaling as you do so..
  8. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

This exercise can also be performed standing.

Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs, Triceps, Upper Back & Lower Traps
  1. Sit on a military press bench or bench that has a back support, holding a dumbbell in each hand with an overhand grip.
  2. Place the dumbbells on top of your thighs with your palms facing down.
  3. Raise the dumbbells to your shoulders.
  4. Rotate your wrists so that the palms of your hands are facing away from you. This is the start position.
  5. As you exhale,  push the dumbbells up and over your head by extending your arms until the dumbbells touch at the top of the movement.
  6. Pause for a count of one.
  7. Slowly return to the start position inhaling as you do so.
  8. Repeat.

This exercise can be performed standing or sitting on  flat bench. For people with lower back problems, the version described is better.

Primary muscle group(s):
Chest, Shoulders
Secondary:
Triceps
  1. Holding a water bottle in each hand, stand straight, with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Raise the water bottles to head height by rotating your arms forward and up.
  3. Your triceps should be parallel to the floor and your elbows bent at 90 degrees. This is the start position.
  4. Keeping your back straight and using only your arms, extend through your shoulders and elbows to drive the water bottles straight up, exhaling as you do so.
  5. As your arms reach the fully extended position, bring them in towards each other until the water bottles touch lightly together.
  6. Hold for a count of one, while squeezing your shoulder muscles.
  7. In a controlled movement, return to the starting position, inhaling as you do so.
  8. Repeat.
Rest
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Superset A - Single Arm Alternating Dumbbell/Chest/Flat Bench Press, Medicine Ball Floor Press
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Single Arm Alternating Dumbbell/Chest/Flat Bench Press
A
3 sets
20 reps
Superset A • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
Get ready
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Keep one arm extended as the other works, then swap with each rep. 20 in total.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Triceps
  1. Lie on a flat bench holding a dumbbell in each hand with an overhand grip.
  2. Start by holding the dumbbells slightly wider than shoulder width apart above your shoulders. Your palms should be facing forward.
  3. Keeping your right arm stationary, slowly bend your left elbow until it reaches a 90-degree angle and your upper left arm is parallel to the ground.
  4. Push the weight back up by contracting your chest and straightening your arm.
  5. Repeat the same motion with your right arm while now keeping your left arm locked in position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Lie on a flat bench holding a dumbbell in each hand with an overhand grip.
  2. Start by holding the dumbbells slightly wider than shoulder width apart above your shoulders. Your palms should be facing forward.
  3. Slowly bend your elbows until they are at a 90 degree angle and your upper arms are parallel to the ground.
  4. Push the weights up by straightening your arms.
  5. As you push the weights up, move your arms in an arc to bring the dumbbells together, until they meet over the center of your chest. Hold for a count of one.
  6. Lower the dumbbells by slowly bending your elbows back to 90 degrees.
  7. Continue lowering your arms until they are a little lower than parallel to the floor. (Your elbows should be pointing slightly towards the floor and you should feel a stretch in your chest muscles and shoulders.)
  8. Repeat

Be sure to concentrate on a balanced movement when lifting the dumbbells. Use both arms equally spaced and moving at the same speed.

Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Place a pair of dumbbells on the floor. Lie on your back in between the dumbbells. Bend your knees and move your feet towards your butt.
  2. Grab the dumbbells and hold them above you. Allow your upper arms to remain on the floor. Begin the movement by pushing the dumbbells over your chest. Pause at the top and squeeze your chest muscles.
  3. Slowly bring the weights down to the starting position, allowing your arms to rest for a brief moment before beginning the next repetition.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Triceps
  1. Place a pair of water bottles on the floor. Lie on your back in between the water bottles. Bend your knees and move your feet towards your butt.
  2. Grab the water bottles and hold them above you. Allow your upper arms to remain on the floor. Begin the movement by pushing the water bottles over your chest. Pause at the top and squeeze your chest muscles.
  3. Slowly bring the water bottles down to the starting position, allowing your arms to rest for a brief moment before beginning the next repetition.
Medicine Ball Floor Press
A
3 sets
15 reps
90 sec rest
Superset A • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
Get ready
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Use and 6 - 9-kg ball here and go for explosive reps!
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Triceps
  1. Laying flat on the floor with your legs bent and knees pointing upwards, hold the medicine ball on your chest with your hands at either side.  
  2. Using an explosive press, drive the medicine ball up and away from your chest.
  3. Allow the ball to leave your hands but be ready to catch it again on its descent.
  4. Catch the ball and lower it back to your chest to repeat.

 

Take extra care with this motion! Practice with a very light ball to get the rhythm.

Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Chest
Secondary:
Biceps, Shoulders, Triceps
  • Stand up straight, facing a wall or a partner. Make sure there is approximately 5 feet of space between you.
  • Holding a medicine ball with both hands, bring it up to your chest level.
  • Focusing the tension in your chest, explosively toss the ball straight and forward against the wall or have your partner catch it.
  • Catch the ball as it bounces back and repeat the movement in rapid succession.
Rest
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Superset B - Seated Shoulder Hammer Presses, Overhead Plate Presses
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Seated Shoulder Hammer Presses
B
3 sets
20 reps
Superset B • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
Get ready
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Keep one arm extended as the other works, then swap with each rep. 20 in total.
Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Chest, Triceps
  1. Sit on a bench/chair with your back straight and the dumbbells in a hammer grip so that the dumbbells run lengthways along the side of your face.
  2. Drive both weights, simultaneously upwards, until your reach a full overhead extension.  
  3. Carefully lower the dumbbells back down to the starting position, maintaining the hammer grip all the way through the movement.
  4. Be sure to keep your core strong and lower back connected to the bench/chair at all times.
Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Biceps, Forearms, Triceps
  • Keep a tight core and flat back as you remain seated in the shoulder press machine.
  • Look straight ahead as you hold on to the handles.
  • Slowly, press the handles up above your head.
  • Do not lock out your elbow.
  • Slowly, bring the handles back down but do not let the weight stack touch.
  • Repeat the movement.
Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Chest
  1. From a push-up position push your glutes upwards and walk your feet in so that you are in a downward-dog pose.
  2. The shape of your body should look like a triangle from the side.
  3. Lower your shoulders towards the ground by bending your elbows.
  4. Allow your forehead to very lightly make contact with the ground before pushing upwards and away back into the starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Place your left foot onto the middle of a resistance band. Step forward with the right. Tighten your abdominals and avoid arching your back.
  2. Press the handles of the resistance band up and stop once your upper arms are parallel with the ground, making a scarecrow formation. The band should be behind your arms.
  3. Slowly press the resistance band overhead. Do not lock out the elbows. Lower to the starting position and begin again.
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest, Shoulders
Secondary:
Triceps
  1. Holding a water bottle in each hand, stand straight, with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Raise the water bottles to head height by rotating your arms forward and up.
  3. Your triceps should be parallel to the floor and your elbows bent at 90 degrees. This is the start position.
  4. Keeping your back straight and using only your arms, extend through your shoulders and elbows to drive the water bottles straight up, exhaling as you do so.
  5. As your arms reach the fully extended position, bring them in towards each other until the water bottles touch lightly together.
  6. Hold for a count of one, while squeezing your shoulder muscles.
  7. In a controlled movement, return to the starting position, inhaling as you do so.
  8. Repeat.
Overhead Plate Presses
B
3 sets
15 reps
90 sec rest
Superset B • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Keep the weight low and work through these with a faster tempo per rep!
Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Chest, Triceps
  1. Firmly holding a plate at chest level with both hands either side, stand straight, with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Drive the weight upwards using your chest and shoulders keeping your back straight with a slight bend at the knee.
  3. As your arms reach the fully extended position, take great care to keep a firm grip on the plate.
  4. In a controlled movement, slowly lower the plate back down to the chest and the starting position.
  5. Repeat.

Take great care with this exercise. Ensure your hands are dry and never push yourself to failure with this exercise.

Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs, Triceps, Upper Back & Lower Traps
  1. Sit on a military press bench or bench that has a back support, holding a dumbbell in each hand with an overhand grip.
  2. Place the dumbbells on top of your thighs with your palms facing down.
  3. Raise the dumbbells to your shoulders.
  4. Rotate your wrists so that the palms of your hands are facing away from you. This is the start position.
  5. As you exhale,  push the dumbbells up and over your head by extending your arms until the dumbbells touch at the top of the movement.
  6. Pause for a count of one.
  7. Slowly return to the start position inhaling as you do so.
  8. Repeat.

This exercise can be performed standing or sitting on  flat bench. For people with lower back problems, the version described is better.

Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Place your left foot onto the middle of a resistance band. Step forward with the right. Tighten your abdominals and avoid arching your back.
  2. Press the handles of the resistance band up and stop once your upper arms are parallel with the ground, making a scarecrow formation. The band should be behind your arms.
  3. Slowly press the resistance band overhead. Do not lock out the elbows. Lower to the starting position and begin again.
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Standing Rest
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Standing Rest
1 sets
60 secs
Set 1 of 1
Rest before next set
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Take a minute to review the finishing circuit, set up all equipment and complete AMCAP in 8 mins!
  • Between exercises, do not sit or lie down. Stand straight up and maintain proper form. Your chest should be up. Your lower back should be flat. Do not allow your shoulders to hunch.
  • Take periodic sips of water or a sports beverage. Do not chug or drink too much too fast.
  • Stand in this position for your prescribed rest break then begin your next exercise.
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Dumbbell Snatch
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Dumbbell Snatch
1 sets
10 reps
10 kg
Set 1 of 1
Rest before next set
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8-min Circuit: Hit 5 reps per side before moving straight on to the dips!
Primary muscle group(s):
Upper Back & Lower Traps
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
  1. Stand over a dumbbell with your feet placed slightly wider than hip width apart either side of the dumbbell.
  2. Squat down and take a firm grip of the dumbbell; ensure that your shoulders are positioned upright, keeping your back straight and eyes straight ahead.
  3. Explosively lift the dumbbell by extending your hips from the squatting position and allow the dumbbell to travel along upward and close to your body.
  4. As the dumbbell reaches your hip level, shrug your lifting shoulder and pull the dumbbell upwards keeping the same line of trajectory if viewed from the side.
  5. Bending your working elbow and allowing the dumbbell to extend overhead, slightly squat your body below so that your position is semi-squatted with your working arm fully extended above your head.
  6. Maintaining a solid grip on the now overhead dumbbell, drive your feet into the floor and rise upwards from the semi-squatting position to complete the lift.

This exercise is a complicated explosive lift. If attempting for the first time, start with a light dumbbell for form practice. Ideally, do so with a qualified trainer present.

Triceps Dips
1 sets
6 reps
Set 1 of 1
Rest before next set
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8-min Circuit: Aim to create a 90-degree angle at the elbow for each rep
Primary muscle group(s):
Triceps
Secondary:
Chest, Forearms, Shoulders
  1. Standing between the bars of a dip station, grip the bars with an overhand grip,keeping your elbows tucked in close to your body.
  2. Allow your body weigh to hang so it is being supported by your arms and shoulders. Keep your hips straight.
  3. Push down through your palms with your arms, lifting your body up until your arms are almost straight. (Do not lock your elbows)
  4. Lower your body by slowly bending your elbows and continue down until you feel a slight stretch in your shoulders.
  5. Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position.
  6. Repeat.

By keeping your back straight and not leaning forward, you will work your triceps harder.If you wish to work on your chest leaning forward puts more emphasis on your pecs. As your strength increases, you can add weight by using a dip belt.

Primary muscle group(s):
Triceps
Secondary:
Chest
  1. Begin by using the weight stack to offset your bodyweight on an Assisted Dip machine. Now, position your knees securely on the padded surface while holding on to the bars on either side of you.
  2. Before lowering yourself, make sure that your core is tight and that your elbows are pointing directly behind you. Slowly, lower yourself until your upper arms are parallel with the floor.
  3. Push yourself back to the starting position and squeeze your triceps at the top. Lower yourself again slowly for the next repetition.
Primary muscle group(s):
Triceps
  1. Sit at the Triceps Dip machine but make sure to brace your core throughout the movement. Place your hands on the bar with your elbows pointing behind you. Your arms will make a 90 degree angle.
  2. Slowly push down on the bars, focusing all the movement in your triceps.
  3. When you reach the bottom, pause and do not lock out your elbows. Slowly return to the starting position but do not let the weight touch the stack.
Primary muscle group(s):
Triceps
Secondary:
Shoulders
  1. Sit on a chair with your hands either next to your hips or slightly under the hips.
  2. Lift up onto your hands and bring your hips forward.
  3. Bend your elbows and lower your hips down, keeping shoulders down and hips close to the chair.
  4. Push back up but don’t lock your elbows and repeat.
Medicine Ball Wall Throw
1 sets
14 reps
6 kg
Set 1 of 1
Rest before next set
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8-min Circuit: The squat isn't necessary, just drive the ball up to a 10-foot target 14 times!
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Shoulders, Upper Back & Lower Traps
Secondary:
Biceps, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Triceps
  • Stand up straight with a tight core and flat back.
  • Holding a medicine ball with both hands, face a wall and make sure you have distanced yourself approximately 5 feet away.
  • Bring the medicine ball up and behind your head in an arc fashion.
  • Launch the ball forward towards the wall.
  • Catch the ball as it bounces back and bring it back up and behind your head.
  • Repeat the movement.
Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps, Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings, Neck & Upper Traps, Triceps
  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with dumbbells above your shoulders.
  2. Squat down keeping your back flat and your knees over your toes.
  3. Push through your heels to return to standing while pressing the dumbbells overhead with arms fully extended.
  4. Return to starting position and repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Quadriceps, Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs, Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings, Neck & Upper Traps, Triceps
  1. Clean two kettlebells to your shoulders. Clean the kettlebells to your shoulders by extending through the legs and hips as you pull the kettlebells towards your shoulders. Rotate your wrists as you do so. This will be your starting position.
  2. Begin to squat by flexing your hips and knees, lowering your hips between your legs. Maintain an upright, straight back as you descend as low as you can.
  3. At the bottom, reverse direction and stand by extending your knees and hips and pushing down through your heels. As you do so, press both kettlebells overhead by extending your arms straight up, using the momentum from the squat to help drive the weights upward.
  4. As you begin the next repetition, return the weights to the shoulders.
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