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A pushup on a suspended band instead of on the floor, a move known as the “earthquake pushup.” “This pushup version challenges stability and control during a simple movement because the band creates an unstable surface,” says Matt Pudvah, head strength coach for the Manchester Athletic Club in Manchester, MA.
Pudvah says the slow and deliberate nature of this exercise challenges you to stabilize through your shoulders and maintain good posture. It can also make you more durable. “Instability at the shoulder is often the cause of injury, so training an exercise like this one, when done correctly, will help reduce the chance of injury occurring at the shoulder joint.”
Mix in earthquake pushups in place of any of your regular upper-body accessory push exercises.
Pro Tip: Pause at the bottom. Otherwise, the band will help shoot you back to the top position, reducing the effectiveness.
Earthquake Pushup: 3-5 sets of 6-10 reps