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There’s a good reason just about every workout includes push-ups: “They seem like an upper-body exercise, but they’re really a way to work your whole body,” says Nike master trainer Holly Rilinger, author of Lifted: 28 Days to Focus Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Elevate Your Spirit. Besides helping you look great in everything from a bathing suit to a wedding dress, mastering the push-up can also make you feel pretty fierce.
See for yourself: All it takes is a healthy commitment to a few minutes of effort six times a week, and to a full day of rest. (Don’t skip the rest day! That’s when your muscles recover and get stronger.)
Here, Rilinger shares what you need to do each day to make those push-ups just one more thing you do well:
You can do a push-up challenge
You’ll start out doing push-ups against the wall,