The beauty of this back and biceps workout is that it won’t take very long, but you’ll still hit these two key muscle groups hard and force them to grow bigger and stronger so you can achieve a ripped and lean physique. Follow the instructions below, sticking to the sets and reps detailed, and ensure you keep to our form guides so that you perform every rep as effectively as possible to maximise your lean muscle growth.
For the supersets, complete all the reps of exercise A then move straight on to exercise B without resting.
1A Cable row
Sets 4 Reps 10-12 (last set to failure) Rest 2 minutes between sets
Sit on the seat holding the handle with both hands and arms straight. Keep your chest up and brace your core. Row the handle in towards your chest, leading with your elbows and retracting your shoulder blades. Pause with the handle closest to you then slowly return to the start.
1B Bent-over dumbbell reverse flye
Sets 4 Reps 10-12 (last set to failure) Rest 2min
Holding a light dumbbell in each hand, bend forward from the hips, but keep your chest up. Leading with your elbows, raise the weights out to the sides until they reach shoulder height. Slowly return to the start.
2A Hammer-grip weighted chin-up
Sets 4 Reps 8 (last set to failure) Rest 0sec
Hang from a pull-up bar with your palms facing you and a dumbbell or weight plate secured to your person. Brace your core then pull yourself up, keeping your chest up, until your chin is over the bar. Slowly lower until your arms are fully straight.
2B EZ-bar curl
Sets 4 Reps 8 (last set to failure) Rest 2min
Hold an EZ-bar with an underhand grip. Keeping your elbows tight to your sides and your chest up, curl the bar up towards your chest, ensuring your biceps are in full control of moving the weight. Pause at the top, squeeze your biceps hard, then slowly return to the start.
Sets 2 Reps To failure Rest 1min
Lie on your back in the middle of a Smith machine with the bar secured off the ground. Grip the bar with a shoulder-width overhand grip and tense your entire body. Pull yourself up until your chest touches the bar, then slowly return to the start.
Cardio: Exercise bike intervals
Time 20 minutes
Start by cycling at a steady pace for five minutes. Pedal as hard as you can for 30 seconds, then pedal more slowly to recover for two minutes. Repeat this pattern for the remaining 15 minutes.
From 2008 to 2018, Joel worked for Men's Fitness, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Though he spent years running the hills of Bath, he’s since ditched his trainers for a succession of Converse high-tops, since they’re better suited to his love of pulling vans, lifting cars, and hefting logs in a succession of strongman competitions.
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