The Chest and Back Blaster

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

When it comes to working your chest and back individually, you probably favor two moves: the bench press and the pullup. And it’s no wonder, since those exercises work your pecs and your lats, the main muscles on either side of your upper body. Now it’s time to find out if all of those bench presses and pullups are paying off. This weekend’s challenge from Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of musclemorphosis.com, has you switch between 15 reps of bench presses and 7 reps of pullups for three rounds straight.   “You need a ton of upper-body strength and endurance to complete the challenge,” says...

When it comes to working your chest and back individually, you probably favor two moves: the bench press and the pullup. And it’s no wonder, since those exercises work your pecs and your lats, the main muscles on either side of your upper body. 

Now it’s time to find out if all of those bench presses and pullups are paying off. This weekend’s challenge from Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of musclemorphosis.com, has you switch between 15 reps of bench presses and 7 reps of pullups for three rounds straight.  

“You need a ton of upper-body strength and endurance to complete the challenge,” says Durkin. 

It’ll also reveal muscle imbalances, too. For instance, if you have an easier time with bench presses than pullups, then you need to add more pulling exercises into your weekly routine, he says. If you dominate the pullups, then it’s time to do more pressing. 

Can your chest and back handle the heat? Watch the video above, and then try the challenge. Your goal: 3 minutes and 32 seconds. Tell us your time in the comments below.