According to Mens Health, “Guys tend to abandon the pushup for the bench press sometime around puberty. But the once-forgotten pushup has recently muscled its way back to the top of the exercise universe. Why? Because it not only builds a powerful front façade to your physique, but also develops the support system behind that musculature. “They’re also a great way to judge how strong you are relative to your body weight,” says Martin Rooney, P.T., C.S.C.S., author of Ultimate Warrior Workouts.
Test yourself by doing as many pushups as you can in 3 minutes. Rest whenever you want, but keep the clock running the whole time. Fifty five is average, but if you can’t reach 75—what strength coaches consider “good”—then you need to either gain strength or lose weight. Our 14 variations on the classic pushup will help you do both. Weave them into your daily workouts to build strength, power, and sleeve-busting muscle.