BRUTAL 275 REP DUMBBELL WORKOUT – The “Hatchet” Dumbbell Workout

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OK, grab your dumbbells, show some guts and bear down for this brutal 275 rep dumbbell workout from ATHLEAN-X called the Hatchet! Why is this workout called the "hatchet" if you're only using dumbbells to complete it? Because as you'll see, in just 275 reps and five exercises (and less than 30 minutes), we can take the strongest athletes in the world and cut them down to size by challenging them with workouts that actually work.

In the dreaded "Hatchet", our elite collegiate athletes are going to be using a pair of dumbbells to go through the following 5 exercises to complete the workout as quickly as possible.

The exercises in this dumbbell only workout
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Dumbbell Thrusters
Dumbbell Dead Rows
Dumbbell Cleans
Dumbbell Renegade Rows
Dumbbell-less Burpee / Box Jump combos

The goal is to perform 10 reps of these 5 exercises without rest and then move down the pyramid to 9 reps of each of these exercises, 8 reps, etc until you hit just one rep of each. This dumbbell only workout may look simple in structure but it's anything but easy to complete once you get started.

For more workouts that don't require much more than a set of dumbbells, a pullup bar, a piece of resistance tubing, and a bench or physioball to lay on, then head to and get the complete 90 day ATHLEAN-X Training System. The same program used by TNA impact wrestling legend Sting and other elite professional athletes can be yours.

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24 comments
  1. AlexJamesFitness / February 11, 2013

    tha stingah!

  2. R0B3RTL3M0N5 / February 21, 2013

    okk lol, i was kinda confused for a minute.

  3. Xhell420 / April 3, 2013

    wha?! STING!! he was my favorite as a kid!!

  4. Guy Rennison / October 27, 2013

    This has to be my favourite workout ever!! So simple yet so damn intense!!
    Can feel my fitness and strength improving every time!

  5. shirtless savage / January 20, 2014

    I did this with 40 lb dumBbells and I’m 170 

  6. zach ryan / March 13, 2014

    anyone who says you need hour and a half + workout needs to try this one.
    Thank you Jeff!

  7. Dennis Chavez / February 6, 2015

    Can someone tell me how much weight i should use? I weight 134lbs

  8. Jason Wignall / July 23, 2015

    Let’s get back to this Style of workouts Jeff!!! 

  9. Riley Humphreys / July 30, 2015

    hate to be a math nazi but at the end you say 1/4 of a persons weight but
    then your example is a 200 pound person uses 25 pounds…wouldn’t that be
    50 pounds if it’s a 1/4?

    • Derek Nadeau / August 11, 2015

      +Riley Humphreys combination of the two dumbbells

    • Elwin Mananquil / September 2, 2015

      It says “Choose a COMBINED WEIGHT…”

    • Carlos Mobley / February 2, 2016

      +Riley Humphreys Okay good i wasn’t the only person who noticed

  10. AlabamaJRB / September 3, 2015

    This is Juggalo approved.

  11. fireflyplumbing / December 3, 2015

    awesome stuff I do it 3 days a week when im not running Thanks

  12. Reborn Strength / February 13, 2016

    Those are weak thrusters. Squat to the ground.

  13. Kris Norge / March 6, 2016

    If that guy at the beginning is a wrestler then he has a billed height.
    From there, can we guess Jeff Cavaliere’s approximate height ?

    • Christian V / April 14, 2016

      +Kris Norge Sting is billed at 6’3″, so he is probably about 6’1

  14. Joshua Benjamin / April 20, 2016

    just did this today. I was dead afterwards, to anyone who thinks this looks
    easy, just wait until you try it

    • JB Lardizabal / April 20, 2016

      +Joshua Benjamin Just finished it too. Not easy at all.

  15. Shadow Heart / June 6, 2016

    actually its great for burning arm fat or sculpitng the arm.. but its
    overkill if you ask me ?

  16. Shadow Heart / June 6, 2016

    tricep quads , back and brachilialis, reverse bircep quads, shoulders rear
    shoudlers , quades and cardio.
    breakdown. of course abs are engaged thorugh it all…

  17. Power Building / July 21, 2016

    actually it’s 1/8 of your bodyweight (25×8=200)

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