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Upper Body 1 is a full 20-minute dumbbell interval style workout designed to build muscle and shred fat.  The goal here is to perform as many reps as you can for 30 seconds per exercise.  Do your best to keep up with me in REAL TIME and push yourself to the limit!  If you have multiple pairs of dumbbells, keep them handy so you can make the workout even more intense!  Try to keep track of your reps on every exercise so you can keep trying to beat your own score every time you do this workout!

This routine is designed to give anyone a great workout at HOME or at the GYM.

This Routine Requires: 

  1. Timer
  2. Dumbbells

List of Exercises:

  • 30 seconds AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) per exercise
  • Rest 30 seconds between exercises and rounds

Rounds 1 & 3: 

  1. Alternating In & Out Push-Up
  2. Renegade Row
  3. Laying T-Extension
  4. Overhead Tricep Extension
  5. Alternating Shoulder Press

Rounds 2 & 4:

  1. Alternating Curl
  2. Laying Fly
  3. Bent-Over Row (Palms-Up)
  4. Lateral Raise
  5. Upright Row

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Hey Scott, I am new to the fitness life and confused on how to approach my fitness day to day. More specifically, I want to know how I warm up/cool down from an exercise like this. Is this the only exercise I do for the day? Do I stretch before or after?

I am really lost here and would greatly appreciate your insight.

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@spencernielsen64 I used to get elbow pain when I first started lifting from triceps movements. You just have to try and make sure you warm-up your triceps individually as well to get the synovial fluid in the joint warm. And no, just because you're not sore doesn't mean you did something wrong. You're not ALWAYS going to be sore after every workout, so don't sweat it!

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@scott_herman thank you! I woke up today with bad elbow pain. Is this a common occurrence, and how can I remedy it? My chest and biceps (two of my least muscular areas) are not sore, did I do something wrong? 

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@spencernielsen64 this can be the only exercise you do for the day, but doesn't have to be if you want to do more. For example, you could do an ABS or LOWER BODY workout as well on the same day, or some cardio! As for warming up, try this! 

Does anybody know if you can cast the video from the app to the tv? I can do it with the YouTube versions but the whole workout is not on there.
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@kerbee90c now that the app is available for iPhone it might work!!

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I believe if you have an Apple TV you can cast your phone to the big screen
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@griff the app doesn't have wireless cast functioning yet - unless you're able to cast whatever is on your phone screen to your TV? Otherwise you can try a wired connection.


Hi Scott,

Can you please provide answer below 2 questions

Is it possible to build muscle by performing only resistance band exercise provided that proper nutrition,rest is taken ?

If all the exercises shown in above video is performed with resistance band instead of Dumbbell, will those be as effective as working with Dumbbell ?

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@jaceyonqwd 1. Yes it's possible, though mostly only if you are a complete newbie to training and if you are implementing some kind of progressive overload (more sets / more reps / more time under tension etc.)

2. Yes it could still be just as effective! Try to make sure the resistance band you use is giving you at least 10lbs - 20lbs of resistance total.


Hi Scott, what would be a good starting weight for the dumbbells for someone who has medium fitness and strength ??

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@chrisjonesuk70 you only need 5lb or 10lb dumbbells for this routine to be intense! So start with either of those. Probably 10lb dumbbells if you have training experience.

Hello everyone!Yesterday was first Day in my 12 week Home program, it was tough but i felt so wonderful after upper body 1 workouts!Hope you enjoy too, join Platinum, you wonnt regret!Sorry for my bad English, best regards From Serbia! 👍❤️💪
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@draganserbia your English is fine my friend! Thanks so much for the support and enjoy the rest of the program! It will be your lower body's turn to feel wonderful tomorrow 😁 


Hey @scott_herman

This may sound stupid but should I feel sore the next day? I did this last night and exhausted myself to the point I could not even finish everything but then today I feel like I did nothing at all. 

This was the only workout I did and I am new to all of this but I'm worried I might not be getting out of it what I need to if the next day I feel like nothing happened. 

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@daneffler Just because you're not sore, it doesn't mean you're not making progress Dan! Check this out!


Hi Scott, greetings from England! 

I've just signed up to your website and am loving it so far - really easy to navigate and I really like your whole approach! I'm a skinny/lean guy, about 5' 9 1/2" and around 150 pounds, looking to gain around a stone in weight over the next few months. I've done all my macro calculations on your meal planner and think I need to be eating around 3000 calories (if my numbers are right!) I also play 6-a-side football (soccer 😉) once or twice per week.           

I can't get to the gym at the moment but can get some dumbbells for home, so would you recommend going for your 12 week home program to achieve the gains I'm looking for?

Cheers, Dave 😊 

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@scott_herman Brilliant, thanks for your reply man. Will get on it! 

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@daveharry100 Hey Dave! Glad you like the site man! It's going to be even easier to navigate when the app releases soon!!  If you're a beginner and in a surplus, this will definitely help you build a good foundation of muscle! And if you just have dumbbells to workout from home right now before you're able to get to a gym, then it's perfect! I would suggest eventually moving on to a gym though in order to get more progressive overload.


Ok this was day 1 for me. Only with the Laying-T-extension was uncomfortable, had to do them without weights.

Did this first day with 3kg (6.6 pounds) weight in all exercices but for next time ill see i have a second pair little heavier for some of the exercices. 

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@lex7019 Nice! It will be a movement your body adjusts to as well. Keep up the great work!

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@scott_herman Absolutely. Had my 2nd lower body yesterday evening, maybe because i do the flexibility 2 times a day now the T-extension exercise went more easily without discomfort with light weight-disc.

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@lex7019 Great work! Just work to your own strength, even if you do have to do some movements with bodyweight only to begin with. I like that you are ready to make it more intense with heavier weights for some movements already!

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Hey Scott just started this routine, trying to drop from 20 to 15% body fat. But I’m a little worried. Every time I do these work outs I feel demolished but cause it’s only 20 mins I’m worried I’m not doing enough. Do you think I should add any other work outs on top of it or no?

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Curious but how many Carbs are you getting in your diet?

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@scott_herman thanks Scott I’ll check out the ppl program 


I just got back in the gym this year, and already lost a good bit (40 lbs in 3 months) but the last 10 are sticky so I wanted to switch it up. I liked this routine at 20 mins as a great supplement to my workout. I had a couple of questions. One, I use this in conjunction with some other lifting (basically I do half my normal weight training routine and this which puts me right about the 1 hour was at the gym already). Do you think this is more effective (particularly as a fat burner) to start my workout or to end my work out? Also, I was using the 10 lbs, but after I got the hang of the routine I found it pretty easy to maintain a very quick pace. Should I go up in weight (15 lbs), change the duration like 45 or 60 secs per, or would it make more sense to jump straight into month 2?


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@djtanner congrats on the weight loss man!! These are great calorie burning routines.

`1. I would use this at the END of your workout, so that you can still focus most of your energy on your weight lifting routine first. You still want to be hitting that as hard as possible so that you can maintain as much muscle as possible while cutting fat.

2. You can increase the weight or duration to make it harder, definitely. Because you're only using these as supplementary routines you could jump straight to MONTH 2.. if you think you can handle it 😉