This chest workout consists of only one exercise—the pushup—but it’s hard as hell. That’s because it uses varying tempos to cumulatively challenge the same muscle groups, says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour. First, you’ll go as fast as possible, cranking out as many reps as you can in a row. This tempo provides constant tension in your pecs, maximizing muscle growth, he says.
Don’t underestimate a 10-pound dumbbell. They can challenge your body in an entirely new way, especially if you’re used to lifting heavy. Lighter weights target the small muscles that stabilize your joints—muscles that get overpowered by larger ones when you use heavier weights.
Why would you want to do this lunge every workout? Because it’s almost a workout in and of itself. Check it out in the video above as demonstrated by Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour. You’ll start with a kettlebell lateral lunge. Then you’ll add a clean to the exercise. And then you’ll add a clean and press. Make sure you master each step before you progress.
This workout pulls double duty: It not only carves and tightens your core, but it also prevents lower back pain in the process, says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour. The routine consists of five core stability exercises: bird dog, hollow-body hold, front plank, side plank, and back plank. Each exercise hits your midsection from a different angle, sculpting and strengthening your midsection in 360 degrees, he says.