The old-school pushup is a staple in almost every gym-goer’s workout plan. It pumps up your chest and arms, smokes your core, and can be done almost anywhere.
But a simple tweak to the move’s starting position can stimulate new muscle growth and increase your gains.
Instead of beginning in a pushup position, start with your chest on the floor and your arms and legs hovering a few inches above the ground. David Jack, creator of Men’s Health 60-Day Transformation, calls it the Superman starting pushup.
“It targets your upper back, lower back, glutes, and hamstrings more than the standard version,” he says.
Beginning from the floor works your chest and arms harder, too. “Since you’re pushing from the weakest part of the exercise—the bottom—you must recruit more muscle to drive your body up,” he says.
The combination makes this move a serious total-body muscle builder from front to back and head to toe.
Ready to try it? Watch the video to learn how to perform the Superman starting pushup with perfect form.
Words by Kelsey Cannon