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Chest, Shoulders and Triceps

This intermediate/advanced chest, shoulders and triceps workout will challenge your upper body with tough tri-sets.  Each tri-set will take you through 3 exercises: A chest exercise, a shoulder exercise and a triceps exercise.  There's no rest between sets (one muscle group rests while the other works), so this workout moves fast.  This workout will take about 45 minutes depending on your rest periods and how many tri-sets you choose to complete.

Precautions
See your doctor before trying this workout if you have any injuries, illnesses or other conditions.

Equipment Needed
Various weighted dumbbells, a barbell, a chair or ball and a resistance band.

How To

  • Begin with a 5- to 10-minute warm-up of light cardio (walking in place, etc.)
  • Perform the exercises in each tri-set, rest for 30 or more seconds and repeat
  • For a more challenging workout, repeat each tri-set for a total of 3 times
  • For a lighter workout, complete each tri-set 1 time
  • Choose a weight that allows you to finish the set with good form.  The last rep should be very difficult.
Tri-Set 1
Pushups - Drop Sets

For your first set, you'll go through a series of drop-sets.
  • Set 1: 16 pushups
  • Set 2: 14 pushups
  • Set 3: 12 pushups
  • Set 4: 10 pushups
  • Set 5: 8 pushups
Rest for about 10-20 seconds between each set. If you repeat the tri-set, do 1 set of 10-16 pushups for subsequent sets.
1.5 Overhead Presses
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Hold heavy weights in both hands with elbows bent, weights next to the ears (like a goal post).  Press the weights overhead, lower back down and then press the weights half-way up and down.  That's one rep.  Continue, alternating a full rep with a half rep for 12 total repetitions.
1.5 Close Grip Bench Presses
Close Grip Bench Press
Lie on a bench or step and hold a heavy barbell just over the rib-cage, hands close together (just inside the shoulders).  Press the weight up over the ribcage, lower the weight down and then press half-way up.  That's one rep.  Continue, alternating a full rep with a half rep for 12 total repetitions.
Repeat Tri-Set 1
Tri-Set 2
Bench Press
Bench Press Bench Press
Lie on a step, bench or on the floor and hold a heavy barbell a few inches above the chest.  Keeping trunk braced, exhale and push weight up overhead without locking elbows.  Lower the weight until it's just over the chest and repeat for 12 reps.
Arnold Press

Seated or standing, hold heavy weights with elbows bent, palms facing the chest.  Press the arms up over the head, rotating the palms out. Lower back down, rotating the hands back to starting position and repeat for 12 reps. 
Skull Crushers

Lie on a bench and hold a medium-heavy barbell in a narrow grip (about shoulder-width apart). Begin with the bar straight up over the chest, palms facing out. Bend the elbows and lower the weight down towards the head, stopping when the elbows are at 90 degrees. Push the weight back up and repeat for 12 reps.
Repeat Tri-Set 2
Tri-Set 3
Incline Chest Press
Incline Chest Press
Lie down on an incline bench or on an inclined step (as shown) and begin with heavy weights in each hand straight up over the chest, palms facing out. Bend the elbows and lower the arms down until the elbows are just below the chest. Press the weights back up without locking the elbows and repeat for 12 reps.
Reverse Flies

 Hold medium-heavy dumbbells and begin seated, bent over with arms hanging down and weights under the knees. Lift the arms out to the sides, up to shoulder level, squeezing shoulder blades together.  Keep the elbows slightly bent and repeat for 12 reps.
One-Arm Triceps Pushups

Lie on your right side with the knees bent and the hips stacked.  Wrap the bottom arm around the waist and place the left hand on the floor in front of you.  Contract the triceps to push the body up and off the floor, straightening the left arm as much as you can without locking the elbow. Lower the body down until the arm brushes the floor and continue for 10 reps before switching sides.
Repeat Tri-Set 3
Tri-Set 4
Incline Fly

Lie on an incline bench or on an inclined step (as shown) and begin with heavy weights in each hand straight up over the chest, palms facing each other. With a slight bend in the elbows, lower the arms out to the sides until they're at or just below shoulder level. Squeeze the chest to pull the arms back, keeping the bend in the elbows. Imagine that you're hugging a tree. Repeat for 12 reps.
Incline Front Raise
 
Sit on the ball and roll forward to an incline position holding medium weights.  Keeping the arms straight and palms facing each other, lift the arms up to shoulder level.  Lower down and repeat for 12 reps.
One-Arm Triceps Extensions

Lie with the left side on the ball with the bottom knee down for support.  Hold a medium weight in the right hand with the arm straight up, palm facing out.  Bend the elbow and lower the weight behind your head to about 90 degrees.  Squeeze the triceps to straighten the arm and repeat for 12 reps before switching sides.
Repeat Tri-Set 4
Tri-Set 5
Chest Press with One-Arm Flies
One Arm Chest Fly
Lie on a bench or step and hold heavy weights with arms up over the chest.  Bend the elbows and lower the weights down just past the chest.  Press the arms up and, at the top of the movement, rotate the palms in and lower the right arm out to the side in a chest fly.  Bring the right arm back up, rotate the palms out and do another chest press.  At the top of the movement, rotate the palms in and lower the left arm out to the side in a chest fly.  Continue with the chest press and chest fly (alternating arms for each fly) for a total of 8 reps (one rep includes flies to both sides).
Clean & Press

Begin with weights in front of thighs, palms in. Raise the weights up to chest level (almost like an upright row) and in a smooth move, flip elbows down and weights up so that they're over the shoulders. Press the weights up overhead and lower back down, flip the arms back to upright row position and lower. Repeat for 12 reps.
Dips
Dips
Sit on a chair or bench and balance on your arms, moving backside in front of the step with legs straight. Bend the elbows and lower down, keeping the shoulders down until elbows are at 90 degrees. Push back up and repeat for 12 reps.
Repeat Tri-Set 5
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