Today I thought I’d share another workout. This one includes both the upper body and cardio together in one workout – perfect for when you’re short on time. All you need is a bike, a pair of dumbbells, and a bench or chair for the tricep dips.

For the bike sections, aim for a pace that’s challenging but will allow you to still complete the workout. Think of it as an active recovery for your arms. You want to give your arms a break between supersets while still keeping your heart rate high.

Each of the strength moves are paired into supersets. Complete each superset twice before getting back onto the bike. Make sure you take rests as needed. You want to make sure you do every move with good form.

Upper Body and Cardio Workout

Push ups // Starting on your toes and hands, make sure your body is a straight line from your heels to your knees, hips, shoulders, and neck. Your hands should be a bit wider than your shoulders. Slowly bend at the elbows, lowering yourself to the ground. Try to get at low as possible, and then push yourself back up, all the while maintaining that straight line. An easier modification is instead of being on your toes, lower to your knees.

Tricep dips // Using a chair or bench, place hands on the edge with fingers pointing towards the back while stepping out your feet so that they’re hip width apart and your hips are above the floor. Slowly bend at the elbows to lower yourself and then use your triceps to move yourself back up to the starting position. Your knees can be bent (easier) or left straight (harder).

Bicep curls // Start with the feet hip width apart, and back in a neutral position. With a dumbbell in each hand, keep your elbows in close to your side and raise the dumbbell upwards. Movement should be at the elbow, not the wrist. Lower the dumbbell with a controlled movement, not allowing gravity to take over.

Bent over rows // With a dumbbell in each hand (palms facing each other) bend forward slightly at the hips so that your torso is at a 45 degree angle to the floor, letting your arms hang straight down and keeping your back in a neutral position. Bring both dumbbells up towards your armpits while contracting your shoulder blades towards each other (kind of like pinching your shoulder blades together). Move dumbbells back towards starting position.

Tricep kickbacks // With a dumbbell in each hand, flex at the ankles, knees, and hips so that your torso is leaning forward slightly. Bring your arms close to your body with your elbows back slightly. Start with your forearm in a 90 degree angle to your upper arm and slowly extend your forearm until your  entire arm is straight and your triceps muscles are contracted. Slowly reverse the movement so that your arm is once again at a 90 degree angle.

Lateral raises // With your arms down at your sides with a dumbbell in each hand, slowly raise your hands away from your body to the side, keeping your arm straight at the elbow. Once your hands reach shoulder level, slowly lower them back down to your sides.

You can find all my workouts here.

What’s your favorite kind of workout? Strength? Cardio? Intervals?

As always, check with a doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout as needed. 

Upper Body and Cardio Workout
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2 thoughts on “Upper Body and Cardio Workout

  • January 10, 2017 at 8:40 am

    This workout looks great!! I’ve been loving mixing biking + arm workouts lately and it’s really been my sweet spot! I need to remember this one!

    • January 12, 2017 at 6:46 am

      I love workouts that combine two different modalities. It feels like I’m cheating and getting two workouts in one.

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