YouTuber Will Tennyson regularly experiments with the diet plan and fitness regimes of some of the world’s fittest athletes, from Olympian Michael Phelps to boxing champion Muhammad Ali. For his latest fitness challenge, however, the Gen-Z bodybuilder spent a day tackling a gruelling ‘shoulders and arms’ workout with Ironman triathlete Nick Bare.
“I say we start with some core, I always start with core,” Bare says, speaking at his gym in Austin, Texas. “Some hanging leg raises, some GHD sit-ups, then we’ll go into a pressing movement. So I like doing some sort of compound strength, hypertrophy, strength, hypertrophy, and then we’ll finish off with an arm blaster.”
“That’s the most abs I’ve done in a year,” says Tennyson, as they start working through the hanging leg raises. “If this is not a message, and a warning to train your abs, I don’t know what is. I’m dying.”
It’s seemingly no sweat for Bare, who, it transpires, has 20 miles to run the following day. “I want to say, this man swam the Gulf of Mexico this morning already, he’s probably already been on a bike ride, and then this, and then another workout at night before bed,” jokes Tennyson. “And then yoga,” Bare chimes in.
Next, the duo tackle push-presses, increasing the weight incrementally as they progress through four sets. Bare says that generally, he doesn’t tend to have sets and reps in mind and instead refers to go by how he feels. “I’ll programme certain things like back squats and deadlifts,” he adds.
On the final two sets, they’re aiming for “as many reps as possible, shooting for around 10 reps,” says Tennyson. “It really loads your triceps, I feel like on a push press you get more than you would load on a strict press, you get that eccentric loading on the tricep.” (continued below)
They move on to the reverse pec deck, completing four sets with 12 to 15 reps, before supersetting lateral raises with front plate raises – again, four sets with 15 reps. Turning to the camera, Tennyson says: “I’m only on my second set, Nick doesn’t rest. This guy does not rest”.
Their shoulders may be fried, but the workout isn’t over. Far from it. It’s time to tackle Bare’s “daily 100” push-ups, followed by dumbbell farmer’s walks. Then, Tennyson and Bare superset hammer curls with tricep dips, completing four sets of 12 reps without rest.
“It’s just as much cardio as it is weights because they literally don’t stop, it’s back and forth,” says a breathless Tennyson. “Especially in the heat, it’s not something I’m used to.”
Next, they hold a weight plate stacked with a dumbbell at a 90-degree angle for as long as possible, before completing a series of muscle-ups – first on Olympic rings, then a bar. “Ok, so I couldn’t do that yesterday with a band, and I just did three in a row,” says Tennyson. “I can’t explain it.”
Finally, the workout is complete. “It was way different to what I’m used to, there was a lot of athleticism involved, just like cardio. The bodybuilding [was] kinda what I expected training with [Bare],” Tennyson says, before eating a donut the size and shape of a loaf of sourdough bread. Fair play.
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