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Ultimate Upper-Body Crafting

8 min · Abs, Back, Chest, Legs, Shoulders
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High Knees / Front Knee Lifts / Run / Jog on the Spot

High Knees / Front Knee Lifts / Run / Jog on the Spot

20reps
Start with some sprinting on the spot. As fast as you can go, 20 reps per leg!

Muscle Groups
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Begin jogging in place, lifting the knees as high as you can.
  2. Try to lift your knees up to hip level but keep the core tight to support your back.
  3. For a more advanced move, hold your hands straight at hip level and try to touch the knees to your hands as you lift them.
  4. Bring the knees towards your hands instead of reaching the hands to the knees!

Push-ups / Pushups

Push-ups / Pushups

12reps
Rep these out in one set if you can!

Muscle Groups
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.

Dumbbell Flat Bench Press

Dumbbell Flat Bench Press

20reps
20lbs
If it takes you more than one set, that's fine! Just make sure not to rest for long...

Muscle Groups
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.

Butt Kicks

Butt Kicks

20reps
Kick that butt fast and hard! 20 times per leg!

Muscle Groups
Primary muscle group(s):
Hamstrings, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Standing tall with a tight core and flat back, you will begin the dynamic stretching exercise as if you were running in place. Keep the knees slightly bent at all times.Start slowly and work up to a faster speed.
  2. Bring your left foot back and all the way up to the glutes. Return your left foot to the ground and repeat on the other side.
  3. Continue this back and forth motion, keeping your arms swinging in motion.

Pull-ups

Pull-ups

5reps
Use a pull-up assist if you really must!

Muscle Groups
Primary muscle group(s):
Lower Back, Upper Back & Lower Traps
Secondary:
Biceps, Forearms, Shoulders
  1. Standing under a pull up bar, reach up and hold onto the bar with an overhand grip. Make sure your hands are about twice your shoulder width apart.
  2. Keep your arms straight and hang from the bar so that your arms are taking all of your weight.
  3. Keeping your body straight and not swinging your weight, pull your body up towards the bar by pulling your elbows down towards your torso at an angle.
  4. Continue lifting until your chest is nearly touching the bar. You should feel a “squeeze” at the base of your lats (about midway down your back and to the side) as they contract.
  5.  Once your lats have completely contracted at the top of the movement, slowly lower your body to the starting position.
  6. Repeat.

 By using a wide grip, your lats are doing most of the lift, rather than your biceps. It doesn't matter if you keep your legs straight or bent at the knees with your feet crossed. The important thing is that you do not use your legs to assist in lifting your body weight. As your strength increases, you can add weight by using a weight belt.

Standing Two-Armed Bent Over Dumbbell Rows

Standing Two-Armed Bent Over Dumbbell Rows

20reps
25lbs
Bring them all the way up, just past your body.

Muscle Groups
Primary muscle group(s):
Lower Back
Secondary:
Abs, Biceps
  1. Stand tall with a tight core and flat back. Hold a pair of dumbbells at your side with an overhand grip. Bend slightly at the knees as you push your hips back. Keep your chest and head up. Upper body should be almost parallel with the floor.
  2. With your elbows at a 60-degree angle, bring the dumbbells up. Pause when your upper arm is parallel with the floor. Contract the muscle then slowly return the dumbbells to the starting point.

Burpees / Squat Thrusts

Burpees / Squat Thrusts

8reps
You animal, don't let a few burpess slow you down!

Muscle Groups
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Chest, Shoulders
  1. Stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart and hands by your sides. This is the start position.
  2. In one smooth motion, squat down and place your hands palms down on the floor in front of your feet.
  3. Lean forward, so your weight is on your hands, at the same time jumping your legs out behind you until they are fully extended. Your body should form a straight line with your weight supported on your toes and the balls of your feet and your arms fully extended. (In a push up position)
  4. Jump your feet out by spreading your legs, so that they are wider than hip width apart, then immediately jump them back together.
  5. Complete 1 full push up.
  6. Jump your feet forward to just behind your hands.
  7. Use an explosive motion to push through your heels and return to the start postion.
  8. Repeat.

Decline Push-ups / Pushups

Decline Push-ups / Pushups

10reps
Bash these out! They're only in your way.

Muscle Groups
Primary muscle group(s):
Chest
Secondary:
Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
  1. Facing down, place yourself on the ground with your hands flat on the floor, directly below your shoulders.
  2. Place your feet on top of a bench or box. Only your toes and balls of your feet should be touching the floor.
  3. Maintain a flat back and tight core before lowering your chest towards the ground. Bend your elbows at a 60-degree angle until your chest is just above the ground. You should feel a stretch across your chest. Hold for a count of one.
  4. Push yourself back to the starting position by straightening your arms. Do not lock out your elbows.
  5. Repeat.

Standing Dumbbell Overhead Shoulder Press

Standing Dumbbell Overhead Shoulder Press

20reps
20lbs
Push overheard with care. Meaning, don't throw them through the roof.

Muscle Groups
Primary muscle group(s):
Shoulders
Secondary:
Abs, Neck & Upper Traps, Triceps
  1. Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand straight, with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Raise the dumbbells 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 dumbbells straight up, ehaling as you do so.
  5. As your arms reach the fully extended position, bring them in towards each other until the dumbbels 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.

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