Push and Pull Upper Body Circuit Workout + Being Both a Nerd and a Muscle Head

Push and Pull Upper Body Circuit Workout + Being Both a Nerd and a Muscle Head

Despite what you may think, you can be both a nerd and muscle head. They’re not mutually exclusive things. Just read this article.
Some of the smartest people I know are some of the fittest people I’ve ever met. A guy with one of the top-10 GPAs in my high school class went to West Point, and one of my life-long friends was both an decorated swimmer and a top student in her nursing class at UF.
So what do all of these people have in common? They LOVE TO LEARN. As a self-proclaimed nerd and fitness fanatic, I can honestly say we’re always up for a challenge, whether it’s in school or at the gym.
While studying for the LSAT, I made a goal to increase my upper body strength. Although it sounds crazy, working toward both a higher score and strength gains kept me sane. When I wasn’t reading passages on practice tests, I was researching workouts that increase upper body strength. 
After trial and error, I found that alternating push and pull exercises in one upper body session works best for me. In the past six months, I’ve experienced significant gains in upper body strength by doing a full upper body workout with push and pull exercises two times per week on nonconsecutive days.
Seriously though. Just check out some of my Instagram pictures to see the bulging biceps. I hadn’t taken photos of myself in a while, so the recent ones surprised me.
You can try the workout below if you want tickets to the gun show too.
Push and Pull Upper Body Circuit Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

In this free weights workout, you alternate two “push” exercises with two “pull” exercises in each circuit. It’s a quick but efficient plan that targets your chest, biceps, triceps and shoulders.

I’ve read conflicting articles about whether you work back muscles or not when doing push-ups, so feel free to add an exercise that isolates your back muscles if you have the time. Two of my favorite back isolation exercises are bent over dumbbell rows and back extensions.

I’m not a certified fitness professional, so please speak with one to determine if it’s safe for you to complete this workout.

Stay tuned for a post later this week about how I maximize the results of my workout by fueling my better. Let me know if you try the workout. I’d love to know what you think! 🙂


  1. Do you have fitness goals? If so, what are they?
  2. How do you balance work/school with fitness?

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