60 minute beginner upper back workout with a barbell at home

Here's everything you need to try our 60 minute beginner upper back workout with a barbell at home. For each circuit, complete each exercise one after the other and repeat it for 3 rounds before continuing on to the next circuit.

60 min read
Sean Klein
Created by
Sean Klein
Last updated
16/05/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • Side Raise
  • Circuit 2
  • Russian Twists
  • Circuit 3
  • Side Plank with Reach Through
  • Tall Plank Knee to Elbow
  • Circuit 4
  • Superman Hold
  • Pike Press Up

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

Side Raise

Complete 8 repetitions

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Isolation
Upper Body
Deltoids

Coaching Tips For Side Raise

Follow these cues to perform Side Raise correctly:

  • Do not use any momentum
  • Keep the shoulders in a fixed position throughout
  • Only have a slight bend in the arm
  • A plate is used in the video, but a dumbbell is more appropriate.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

Russian Twists

Complete 18 repetitions

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Core
Trunk
Rotation

Coaching Tips For Russian Twists

Follow these cues to perform Russian Twists correctly:

  • Do not move with speed
  • Let the load pull on your core.

Circuit 3

Complete this round 3 times.

Side Plank with Reach Through

Complete 8 repetitions

Core
Trunk
Resisting Rotation

The side plank with reach through is a great resisting rotation exercise that brings some dynamic movement to the traditional side plank.

Benefits of Side Plank with Reach Through

The main benefit of the side plank with reach through is its ability to create adaptation in the obliques. This exercise can be a great way to build some dynamic core work into a training programme rather than just focusing on the traditional static holds.

How To Do Side Plank with Reach Through

  1. Start in a solid side plank position with the hips high, the feet stacked on top of each other and the elbow below the shoulder.
  2. Bring the hand under the body and touch the floor based on your range.
  3. Rotate the body and hips so they face the floor as much as able when reaching under the body.
  4. Bring the body slowly back to the starting position and reach the hand towards the ceiling.

Coaching Tips For Side Plank with Reach Through

Follow these cues to perform Side Plank with Reach Through correctly:

  • Keep hips and shoulders inline
  • Lock the elbow and do not allow it to bend.

Tall Plank Knee to Elbow

Complete 12 repetitions

Core
Trunk
Anterior Core

The tall knee to elbow exercise is a very effective anterior core exercise that can be used by people of all abilities.

Benefits of Tall Plank Knee to Elbow

The main benefit of the tall plank knee to elbow is it’s ability to develop strength in the anterior core musculature.

How To Do Tall Plank Knee to Elbow

  1. Start in a stable top of press up hold position.
  2. Lift one leg and bring it to the elbow (or as close as your mobility allows).
  3. Return slowly with control to the start position.

Coaching Tips For Tall Plank Knee to Elbow

Follow these cues to perform Tall Plank Knee to Elbow correctly:

  • Bring the knee out and round to touch the elbow
  • Keep the elbows locked throughout
  • Move slowly with control.

Circuit 4

Complete this round 3 times.

Superman Hold

Complete 30 seconds

Core
Trunk
Lumbar Stability

The superman hold is one of the most effective lumbar stability core variations.

Benefits of Superman Hold

The main benefit of the superman hold is its ability to gain strength and endurance in the muscles of the lumbar spine including the erector spinae.

How To Do Superman Hold

  1. Lye with the chest on the floor.
  2. Use the muscle in the lumbar spine (lower back) to lift the legs and arms.
  3. Keep the legs together and tense the glutes as much as able.

Coaching Tips For Superman Hold

Follow these cues to perform Superman Hold correctly:

  • Keep feet and hands close together
  • Squeeze the glutes and keep tension throughout the hold.

Pike Press Up

Complete 8 repetitions

Secondary
Upper Body
Vertical Press

Coaching Tips For Pike Press Up

Follow these cues to perform Pike Press Up correctly:

  • Create a tripod with your hands and head
  • Do no flare out elbows aggressivly
  • Move slowly with control.

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