The push-up is often the first upper-body exercise most guys ever master – and also the first one they abandon.
At some point they discover the bench press, come up off the floor, and never look back.
But if you want an athletic physique, that’s a mistake. How do I know? Because a few years ago I set out to learn the training secrets of the world’s best fighters for my book Ultimate Warrior Workouts.
Everywhere I looked, I found the planet’s toughest men training with push-ups to strengthen their entire upper body, arms included. And many were doing variations of the exercise that I’d never seen before.
Here are 8 of the best. Try to do 10 reps of each of the 8 push-ups in the above video in 5 minutes or less. It’ll make you believe in the power of the push-up.