Emily Alvers


    Circuit Training Upper Body Workout

    If you’re looking for an intense upper body workout but are short on time, circuit training is a great way to go. Because you’ll be moving with little to no rest in between exercises, it’s sure to get your heart pumping for increased fat burning as well.

    I’m giving you my own personal workout here as an example, but find what weights work for you. You should be able to complete 12 repetitions of each exercise with proper form. The last 4 repetitions (9,10,11,12) should be difficult, but not to the point that you lose proper form (no swaying bodies or swinging of weights). If you start to lose form and cannot complete all 12 repetitions, decrease the weight you’re using, finish the set, and make a note of the weight that is right for you. Writing down your workout takes the guessing out of the equation the next time you do the workout.

    This workout hits all major muscles of the upper body: back, chest, shoulders and arms. I LOVE working the shoulders, and with summer in full swing, I’ve added some extra dumbbell shoulder exercises to really turn up the heat and help you feel confident wearing those sleeveless shirts! If you’re progress has slowed or you haven’t changed your strength training routine in a few weeks, try this for a non-stop fat burning muscle toning workout. Let me know what you think!

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