Upper Body & Core Strength Circuit Workout

by Danica on November 7, 2013

As anyone who reads my workout log posts knows, I’m constantly changing up my workouts.

I love to make up new strength circuit workouts, I regularly jump around the machines during one session at the gym, and because of it, I don’t get bored with working out.

For better or worse, it’s rare for me to do the same workout more than twice (running plans being the exception).  However, this workout I’m sharing today has been on repeat for the past couple of weeks when I do an upper body strength workout.

I love that there’s a “break” in between each strength move but there’s really never a rest, which is another common theme with my workouts ;)  10 reps for each move means that I use a challenging weight.  And 3 times through the circuit means my muscles work hard.

Upper Body & Core Strength Circuit Workout

*if you’re unsure about any of the moves, do a quick search on YouTube and you’ll have a how-to demonstration in just a few seconds*



Do you do the same workouts over and over again, sticking with what works for you? 

Or do you prefer to hop around, experiment, and try something new most days?

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1 Tamara November 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

This looks like a great workout! Pinned it so I can reference it during one of my cross-training days. Thanks!
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2 Danica November 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

Oh great! I hope you like it!


3 Lauren November 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

This looks similar to one of the “tried and true” workouts I used to do when I was lifting a lot. I love how it is a total body workout and it’s kind of a “superset” model! Any circuit to keep me distracted is a win in my book. lol
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4 Danica November 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

ha same here – I think that’s why I love going to fitness classes too because they’re always go-go-go and distracting! :)


5 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat November 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

I’ve been trying to workout my upper body more frequently, so this is great! Thanks for sharing!
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6 Danica November 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

Oh perfect! I hope you like it!


7 Karla @ Finding My Fit November 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm

This looks like a good workout!! I usually switch things up too so my muscles don’t get bored–always keep them on their toes ;)


8 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy November 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Pinning this!


9 Katie @ running4cupcakes November 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Love this!! totally going to use it with my saturday morning aerobics class this week! Thanks for sharing. :)
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10 Danica November 7, 2013 at 3:04 pm

That’s awesome! Let me know how it goes!


11 Dana @ Dana's B.S. November 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I need to try this tomorrow! I’ve been looking for a few more good at home workouts since I’ve gotten really bad about going to the gym.
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12 Becky November 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Love this! I needed an arm workout for tomorrow and it looks like I found it! :)
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13 Danica November 8, 2013 at 9:08 am

Yay! I hope you like it!


14 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm

This sounds great! I love that there is a little bit of cardio worked in between in order to keep things interesting. I’ll definitely be trying this, especially on the really chilly days when I don’t want to leave my apartment! ;)
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15 Danica November 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

I know what you mean – once winter hits I often prefer to workout in my own living room where it’s warm :)


16 Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections November 8, 2013 at 6:26 am

Ooh love this! Even though it’s not summer anymore, working out my arms is so satisfying to me. I love feeling like I have strong arms. Will def be trying this soon :)
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17 Danica November 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

I hope you like it, Melissa!


18 ErikaMC November 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

I usually follow the same strength plan for 8 weeks (3 days a week) before switching it up. I see the best results that way – if I’m not constantly changing it but change it when it starts to feel routine.

How long did this take you? Looks like a great upper body one and I definitely wrote it down. Thanks for sharing!


19 Danica November 8, 2013 at 9:10 am

If I remember right, it takes about 30 minutes, give or take a bit :)
If you give it a shot, I’d love to know what you think!


20 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast November 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Just pinned! While I’m resting my ankle, I’m looking for lots of things that I CAN do! :)
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21 Danica November 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

That’s the best kind of attitude to have about it, Laura!! :)


22 Jessie November 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Great workout. In the past I would always stick to the same, but as time went on I switched it up quite frequently.
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23 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm

This looks awesome girl!!


24 Danica November 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Thanks, Brittany! :)
If you get a chance to try it I’d love to hear your feedback!


25 Kristin November 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

Hi! I found you through Dietician Debbie and I’m a new follower. I could use some help and motivation in the fitness department – I’ve been losing weight mainly by diet alone and I know I have to step it up soon!
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26 Danica November 12, 2013 at 11:58 am

Thanks for hopping over here, Kristin! Diet is very important, but you’re right that exercise will have a positive impact, too! If you ever want to chat, feel free to email me. There are also a lot of workouts on my “workouts” page if you’re interested :) Hope you have a great day!


27 Patty (reach-yourpeak.com) November 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

This is a great workout! I like that it’s balanced in terms of the muscle groups being worked…and that you get some cardio and abs in between each! Especially since I hate doing abs at the end of a workout :-P
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