This Upper Body Workout Will Give You an Unbelievable Pump

Brett Williams, NASM
·2 min read

From Men's Health

While the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has halted the cadence of everyday life for just about everyone, the world is now beginning to adjust. We're all handling the challenges of social distancing and self-isolation differently—but that doesn't mean that we have to go it completely alone in every sense.

At Men's Health, we're using this period as an opportunity to build up our community and share as much useful, positive information as possible. For everyone stuck missing their typical workout routines with gyms and fitness centers closed down, we've done our best to provide as many at-home workout options as possible. But that's just the start. We're also hosting live workout sessions on Instagram with some of our favorite trainers to fill the fitness class-shaped void in your daily routine.

Photo credit: Men's Health
Photo credit: Men's Health

Bobby Maximus, former UFC fighter, fitness personality, and author of the Men's Health Maximus Body book, hosted the latest session. Maximus makes a point to train without equipment even when he has a fully-stocked gym at his disposal—so creating an accessible session for guys stuck at home without access to gear fits perfectly to his training style.

For this quick-hitting workout, you will need one piece of gear: a resistance band. You can use dumbbells if you have them, but this routine is designed for you to get a pump as quickly as possible—especially when looking good is the most important goal. "This is one of my favorite workouts ever," says Maximus. "You could call it the 'In the Club Workout,' for those 20 year olds out there. I don't go to the club anymore."

You might not be hitting the club anytime soon either, given current circumstances—but there are still plenty of times you might want to pump up fast. The goal is to hit some key muscle groups in the upper body to maximize your aesthetic results. You'll hit the chest, shoulders, biceps, and abs, which Maximus says is "critical" for building a strong physique—and a strong, healthy body. "You don't want to be all show and no go," he says. "We want to build some real world strength and real world athleticism."

Bobby Maximus Upper Body Pump In the Club Workout

Perform 30 seconds of work, 30 seconds of rest for 4 minutes.

  • Pushups

  • Banded Strict Press

  • Banded Biceps Curl

  • Abs (Situps)

Stay up to date with our workouts every single weekday at 12 p.m. ET. Want to keep up with the sessions you've missed? Check out the whole collection here.

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