The handstand pushup is the gold standard of pushups. If you can perform even one rep, you've got an extreme amount of upper-body strength and shoulder mobility. Plus, you look like a total badass.

So how do you get to one--or more--reps? "The push away is a regressed version of the handstand pushup that allows you to train your shoulders with greater intensity than a classic pushup," says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S. and creator of Men's Health StreamFit. "This allows you to better work your way up to a true handstand pushup." And the higher you pike your hips, the more emphasis you'll place on your shoulders and the harder the move becomes. "Even if you don't want to train for a handstand pushup, the push away is an awesome way to build rock-solid shoulders and challenge your upper-body strength and stamina," says Gaddour.

Ready to try it? Watch the video above to learn how to perform the push away with perfect form.

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