Hugh Jackman Chest And Triceps Workout – Monday

Superset 1: Dumbbell bench press A
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These workouts follow a superset protocol, where you perform two different exercises back-to-back. It’s an efficient way of stimulating the working muscles to grow bigger. 

This workout comprises two chest-based moves, two triceps-focused moves, straight sets of cable cross-overs to hit the middle part of your chest and, to finish, some intensive cardio.

For the supersets, complete all the reps of exercise A then move straight on to exercise B without resting.

Superset 1

1A Dumbbell bench press


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Sets 4 Reps 10-12 (last set to failure) Rest 2 minutes between sets

Lie flat on a bench holding a dumbbell in each hand. Brace your core, drive your feet into the floor and press the weights up until your arms are fully straight. Slowly lower back to the start.

1B Dumbbell flye


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Sets 4 Reps 10-12 (last set to failure) Rest 2min

Lie flat on a bench holding a light dumbbell in each hand with your arms straight above you. Keeping your core tight, slowly lower the weights out to the sides until you feel a good stretch across your chest. Squeeze your chest muscles to return the weights to the start.

Superset 2

2A Feet-up bench dip


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Sets 4 Reps 10-12 (last set to failure) Rest 2 minutes between sets

Start with your feet on a bench and your hands on another, supporting as much bodyweight as possible. Bend your elbows to lower your hips towards the floor, then press back up powerfully to return to the start.

2B Cable press-down


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Sets 4 Reps 10-12 (last set to failure) Rest 2min

Stand in front of a cable machine holding a straight bar attached to the high pulley with an overhand grip. Keeping your chest up and elbows close to your sides, press the bar down until it touches your thighs. Slowly return to the start.

Cable cross-over


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Sets 2 Reps 10-12 (to exhaustion) Rest 1min

Stand in the middle of a cable machine, holding the D-handles attached to the high pulleys with a slight bend in your elbows. Keeping your chest up and maintaining a slight elbow bend, bring your hands together to meet in front of your body. Squeeze your chest muscles, then slowly return to the start.

4 Cardio: Treadmill hill climbs

Time 20 minutes

Start running on a treadmill set to 12km/h with one per cent elevation. Every 30 seconds increase the elevation by one percentage point until you need to press the stop button. Rest for a minute, then repeat.

Joel Snape

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.