Hitting the bench again? No need. Here’s how to build a strong, functional upper body in the comfort of your own home
Build upper-body strength at home
Stop the presses: there are better ways to stay in shape. ‘You need a session that strengthens the chest, shoulders and arms equally to build functional strength as well as muscle,’ says strength coach Andy McKenzie (ironmacfitness.com). ‘This session does that and integrates the core.’ So you’ll build a six-pack and your chest. Winner.
Complete the required reps for each move without resting. Rest for two minutes, and repeat the whole circuit four to six times, depending on how jelly-like your arms feel afterwards.
1 HANDSTAND WALL WALK
Get into a press-up position, facing away from a wall. Then place your feet on the wall and walk upwards until you’re in a handstand. Walk back down to return to the start – that’s one rep.