Why it works: Pullups create a V-shaped back, powerful shoulders, and work your chest. If you haven’t tried them since the physical fitness test in fourth grade, it’s time to revisit.
How to do it: Grab the bar with an overhand grip. Hanging from the bar, pull your shoulder blades back and down to lift your body up and build momentum. Finish by pulling up with your arms.
Prescription: 10 reps
4. Three-Way Pushup
Why it works: By doing three sets of 10 pushups in three different positions consecutively, we’re amping up this workout quickly while challenging our chest and shoulders from three angles.
How to do it: Do 10 traditional pushups (hands directly below the shoulders) followed by 10 “diamond” pushups (index fingers and triceps touching), followed by 10 wide-grip pushups (hands wider than shoulders).
Prescription: 10 reps of each