Push (yourself) up to better fitness

Pushups: That old-school exercise that gives us unwanted flashbacks to middle school phys ed. But there’s a reason this classic move has stuck around—it works for all fitness levels. (Yes, even yours.) Pushups work your arms, back, shoulders, core, and legs. You can do them anywhere, and you’re guaranteed a great workout. To get the maximum benefit, master proper alignment and learn the variations and modifications to help you get started and keep you going.

Here, certified personal trainer Frankie Romeo talks you through correct form and demos three pushup circuits—with beginner, intermediate, and advanced variations.

Want more? Here’s a form breakdown and more info on why the pushup performs, from The Globe and Mail.

Beginner

Proper technique + standard, wide, and incline options

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Intermediate

Try diamond, declines, and staggered variations

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Advanced

Take it up a notch with clap, T, and tempo pushups

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