Pushups are a standard exercise book for a good reason. Your chest, back, arms and (if you do it right) will take full advantage of the exercise. If you really want to turn the basic movement into a comic book hero, make it even more powerful by adding explosive powers and taking them up in the air.
These types of exercises, plyometrics, are used to make your muscles stronger while improving your coordination. Coach Don Saladino designs programs using plyometrics to challenge his superhero actors Ryan Reynolds and Sebastian Stan to move more like their screen characters.
To carry out the side-by-side plyo deck chair, you only need some space in the gym. Make sure that you are free from all sides, as you take up a ton of floor real estate when you explode from your deckchair into the air.
- Go to the floor in a push-up position. In other words, your palms are slightly wider than shoulder width on the floor, your buttocks muscles and core are compressed to keep the spine straight, and you have your eyes slightly forward.
- Bend your elbows to lower your chest to the floor.
- Press against the ground to explode up and to the left, and bring your palms off the ground.
- Keeping your arms in the same position and gently landing your palms spread with your fingers so that the impact was distributed as far as possible on your hand.
- Repeat this in the opposite direction.
Want to learn another super-power pushup variant? If you want to challenge yourself, read the superiority of the Superman push-up in this explanation course.
Try 5 sets of 5 repetitions in each direction to add the side plyo push-up point to your workout. For more superhero bodybuilding moves, check out all Superhero Fit workouts or Saladino's entire program.