CrossFit Arm Workouts for Upper Body Strength and Muscle (Scaled and Beginner Options Included)

These arm workouts will strengthen and improve your body within a CrossFit context. Each workout is designed to test your arm strength, find your weaknesses and help you to destroy them. Stronger arms will have a significant impact on your gymnastic and weightlifting skills, as well as help with improving pull ups and dumbbell work. Each workout comes with tips to help you scale.

You will also find specific isolation arm exercises that are useful to add into your training as well.

arm workoutsSource: CrossFit Inc

Try adding these workouts into your training and let us know how you get on. Enjoy!


7 Rounds For Time

  • 7 Handstand Push-Ups
  • 7 Thrusters (135/95 lb)
  • 7 Knees-to-Elbows
  • 7 Deadlifts (245/165 lb)
  • 7 Bicep Curls
  • 7 Kettlebell Swings (2/1.5 pood)
  • 7 Chin-Ups

Complete 7 rounds of the movements in the order written. Each round is made up of 49 repetitions: 7 Handstand Push-Ups, 7 Thrusters, 7 Knees-to-Elbows, 7 Deadlifts, 7 Bicep Curls, 7 Kettlebell Swings, and 7 Chin-Ups.

psychological tricks handstand push upSource: Stevie D Photography
Tricky to master, but these will make you strong!

Score is the time it takes to complete all 7 rounds.

Good Times for “The Seven” (estimated)
– Beginner: 40-49 minutes
– Intermediate: 33-39 minutes
– Advanced: 25-32 minutes
– Elite: <24 minutes

Arm Workouts – Scaling Options 

This workout is meant to be relatively long—30+ minutes for most athletes. The load should feel moderate—not maximal. Scale the volume, the load, and/or the skill level so you can complete this workout in under an hour.

The rest in this WOD is during the transitions—when you move, for instance, from the thrusters to the knees-to-elbows. If you have to break up the sets of 7 reps into smaller bits, then either the load is too heavy and/or the skill level is too high.

Arm Workouts – Intermediate

5 Rounds 
7 Push-Ups
7 Thrusters (95/65lb)
7 Knees-to-Elbows
7 Deadlifts (155/105 lb)
7 Bicep Curls
7 Kettlebell Swings (53/35lb)
7 Chin-Ups

Arm Workouts – Beginner 

5 Rounds 
Box/Bench Push-Ups
7 Thrusters (45/35lb) 
Hanging Knee Raises
7 Deadlifts (95/65lb) 
7 Bicep Curls
7 Kettlebell Swings (35/26lb) 
Ring Rows

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