There are a lot of men who focus on their upper bodies. Women tend to focus on lower body workouts. However, everyone should be focusing on health overall and that includes upper body workouts. HIIT upper body workouts can be done by anyone. You could be a man, you could be a woman, it doesn’t matter. HIIT training is a great way to get the results you want no matter what sex you are. In fact, the Toned in 12 upper body HIIT workout was created by Amanda Kotel to help men and women live a healthier life.
Amanda Kotel walks you through her Toned in 12 Upper Body HIIT workout. This workout does require the use of some weights. But you don’t need any fancy equipment. This workout is designed to give you the results you want from an upper body workout and can easily be customized to fit your personal needs. There are only a few moves but that is the beauty of HIIT training. The idea is to repeat the exercises multiple times within a set amount of time. HIIT training also allows you to take short breaks but only after you’ve completed the circuit once. You could use this workout to improve your posture, grow stronger arms, and raise your self-esteem.
Assisted pull-ups don’t necessarily require you to have help from another person. You could use resistance bands in a way that assists the pull-ups. First, place two resistance bands around the pull-up bar so that you could easily place a foot in one of the resistance bands. Grab onto the pull-up bar with your hands shoulder-width apart, place your feet into the respective resistance band, and then do your pull-ups. Aim for 15 pull-ups.
Set the bar on the ground with the weight you feel comfortable with and stand in front of it. Slide your feet mid-way under the bar but do not touch the bar with your shins and keep your feet hip-width apart. Bend over bending slightly at the knee and keeping your back straight. Grab the bar and lift it towards your lower chest using just your arms and your knees for support.
The idea of CrossFit is to keep moving but these push-ups operate a little differently. You will start in the plank position. You can start by lying flat on your tummy. Then, lift your body up with your hands flat on the ground and up on your toes. Keep your hands shoulder-width apart and then drop down toward the ground. This is where things change up a little. You will lower yourself all the way down onto the ground, lifting your hands up when you are resting on the floor. Then, push your hands downward to push yourself back up. That is one rep.
This upper body HIIT workout is almost done. We will be doing single arm rows with kettlebell weights to finish off the rounds. You could use a workout bench but you don’t need one to get this exercise done. First, place the kettlebell in front of you. Take your right leg and step forward while resting your left leg on the ball of your foot. Think lunge stance. You could also use a bench similar to in the video above. Keep your back straight and bend your knees slightly so you can bend over and grab the kettlebell. Pull the kettlebell up toward your stomach, retracting your shoulder blade. Lower the kettlebell back down and repeat.
These exercises all require you get as close to 15 reps as possible. Your goal is to complete all of the exercises, and then repeat as many times as you’d like or for 12 minutes. You could certainly take a break between each round if you’d like. Just be sure to keep the breaks short, that is how you will get the most of this upper body HIIT workout.