Workout Wednesday – 5 x 5 Upper Body Superset Workout!!

Hello everyone! Happy Hump Day!

Today is my first full day of my European adventure! (I’m traveling around Europe with a group of students from TN. Last year, when I traveled with teachers from my then region of the Southeast, I hit it off with a few of the ones from Tennessee, and I’m lucky enough to be chaperoning a tour with one of them and their students!) It’s sure to be an adventure and I’m PUMPED.

This trip kind of comes at a crazy time, because there’s only three months until the big day (ohmygahhh!), but I think that any time is the right time to take advantage of an incredible travel opportunity. #lifephilosophy

As you know, a huge priority for me is fitting in workouts no matter what and choosing mostly healthy food to treat my body right and keep me energized! Travel is no exception. We will be doing a TON of walking on this trip, and the teacher I’m traveling with is a BADASS – pardon my French! She recently ran the Boston marathon and completed a full ironman! We’ve already got some runs planned and I’ll be doing some bodyweight workouts in the mornings, as well.

I had to share this on Instagram – my bag is half food! So typical!

Before I left, I knew I wanted to complete some really tough strength training sessions as I know I will be missing the weights while I’m abroad!

This one was inspired by a workout that was posted at my gym and I’m loving it!

If you’re looking for a killer upper body workout that will build strength and define your arms, look no further.

Bonus? It’s a great change up from your usual weights workout because you time your exercises, rather than go through the traditional 3 sets of 12 reps, which can get a little boring!


Here’s how it works:

You’ll do each superset for 5 minutes before moving on to the next superset. For each exercise in a superset, you’ll choose a HEAVY WEIGHT and perform the exercise 5 times before moving to the next exercise. You’ll keep switching between the two exercises for 5 minutes. Once 5 minutes are up, take a break before moving onto the next superset and repeating the same process. Set your timer or watch the clock for 5 minutes and get to it!


For superset 1, I’d do 5 bent over rows with my left arm, then 5 with my right, 5 with my left, and 5 with my right…for 5 minutes! Then, I’d rest, and move onto the next circuit.

Make sense?

Trust me, 5 minutes can seem like a very long time! ?

Hope you all have a great week – I’ll try to pop in while in Europe but you’ll definitely hear from me when I return!!

Stop by the Femme Fitale Fit Club and Fit Running Mama for more workouts today!


Wicked Healthy Wonderings:

How often do you change up your workouts? Favorite healthy travel tip?

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  1. Reply

    Ruthie, fun exercise and thanks for the explanation. Have a fabulous time on your travels and enjoy 🙂

    • Jess @hellotofit
    • August 6, 2020

    This looks KILLER. Hope you enjoy Europe!! Catch ya on IG 🙂

    • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
    • August 6, 2020

    Have fun on your trip! There’s so many beautiful spots in Europe.

    • Emily
    • August 6, 2020

    I really like your training plans. You seem to have a good balance on what’s enough and what’s too much. ?

    • Maria
    • August 7, 2020

    I LOVE that the plan has you only running a few days a week, with so much cross training! I like when running plans have only a few days of running, I find that I get injured less, or not at all with a few days of running compared to 6 days a week of running.

    • Ree
    • August 9, 2020

    This workout looks killer! Thanks for sharing it! Have a fantastic time in Europe. Can’t wait to read all about it!

    • Susie @ SuzLyfe
    • August 10, 2020

    My arms are exhausted just thinking about it! But great workout. Have fun in Europe! I can’t wait to hear about it!

    • Livi
    • August 10, 2020

    Looks like a great training plan! Got to love extra rest and lots of cross training!

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