The Best Chest and Abs Circuit for Men Over 40 - Men's Health Magazine Australia

The Best Chest and Abs Circuit for Men Over 40

This no-weight workout is a great option for those approaching middle age.

On chest day, finishers are awesome for giving your pecs and shoulders a final burnout. But this circuit for men over 40 from trainer Paul Sklar, C.S.C.S., will also light your core on fire.

Sklar alternates back-to-back sets of resistance-band crucifix flies with single-arm shoulder-tap pushups. While all of the flies and presses drill his chest and shoulders, by loading each side individually, both exercises also tap the abs and obliques’ ability to fight rotation, à la Pallof presses. These are excellent choices for guys over 40 looking to take a load off their joints, since you’ll leave the heavy weights on the rack.

5 Crucifix Flies

5 Single-Arm Shoulder-Tap Pushups

5 Crucifix Flies

5 Single-Arm Shoulder-Tap Pushups

For the first exercise, crucifix flies, focus on performing your reps slowly and under control. Even though you won’t have anything in one hand, still keep that arm moving to help maintain total-body tension and keep your stance balanced. For his flies, Sklar uses a resistance band, but you could also use a cable machine with a D-shaped handle. 

For the second exercise, shoulder-tap push-ups, it’s important that you load the opposite arm that you did during your flies. (Hold the band with your left arm for flies, then keep your right hand on the floor for pushups.) This will help keep your muscles from giving out too soon or your form from failing.

In both exercises, the most important cue – and most challenging part – of your reps will be maintaining a stable core with a neutral spine. Squeeze your core before going into your first rep, and don’t let go. Work to avoid any rotational movement through your torso while keeping your low back in neutral. It will increase recruitment through your core and reduce your ability to use momentum.

At the end of your next chest day, give it a go, repeating 3 rounds of each move for each side. Rest 60 seconds between rounds.

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From:Men’s Health US

By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the former Digital Editor at Men's Health Australia, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she has written for Women's Health, esquire, GQ and Vogue magazine.

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