How to Do the Feet-Elevated Blast-Off Pushup
Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour is always looking for ways to make the pushup more challenging and fun.
Well, there’s nothing fun about the feet-elevated blastoff pushup, shown in the video above.
That’s because placing your feet on a box, bench, or step instantly increases the amount of your body weight you have to lift, making the exercise harder.
And since the variation is dynamic—you’re launching your body forward into the bottom of a pushup—your core and shoulders have to work overtime to stabilize and decelerate the additional load.
While the exercise may not have you smiling, it does get results—especially if you do it for sets of 20 to 30 reps, or perform as many reps as possible for sets of 30 to 60 seconds.