3 New Ways to Do a Push-Up

Trainers share their favorite ways to increase the strengthening power of this classic move.

Muscles are masters of adaptation: Once they get used to a movement, they stop getting stronger—and you stop seeing results. To prevent plateaus (and boredom), you need to keep changing your workout. An easy way to do it: Replace one of your go-to exercises with a new version. In this series, trainers share a few of their favorite fresh takes. Sub them into your routine to keep the results coming.


BENEFITS: A push-up is one of the simplest, yet most effective, upper-body exercises. Holding a plank position while moving your weight up and down strengthens the chest, shoulders, triceps, and core.

NEW MOVES: Ball push-up reach (from Matt Delaney, a Tier X coach at Equinox Columbus Circle in New York City); moving push-up (from Vanessa Marrero, a personal trainer in Miami); explosive lateral push-up (from Ronald Jean, a Tier X coach at Equinox Beverly Hills)