Must-do move: T press-up


Use the T press-up and this alphabetically-themed workout to upgrade your chest, shoulders, back and core strength

T press-up
1 Dec 2014
  • Hold your body in a straight line from head to heels, with both hands and feet shoulder-width apart and elbows close to your body. Don't let your hips sag
  • Grip the dumbbells with straight wrists, then press up powerfully
  • Twist your body and raise a dumbbell overhead with your arm straight
  • Roll onto the sides of your feet but keep your body straight
  • Go straight into the next press-up, lifting the opposite arm on the next rep

Learn the exercise alphabet

Don’t stop at ‘T’. Perform this letter-inspired workout - done in alphabetical order, of course - for an upper body-building, core-strengthening challenge


Best for isometric core strength Sets 3 Time to failure
This is another isometric move. Sit on the floor holding dumbbells on the floor to your sides so they’re parallel to each other. Press down and raise your legs and bum off the floor, and contract your abs hard to hold them there. It will be tempting to hold your breath during this move but it won’t help. Breath throughout.

T press-up (or above variation)

Best for unilateral chest strength Sets 3 Reps 10 each side
See above.


Best for dynamic core strength Sets 3 Reps 10
Lie on your back with your arms and legs outstretched. Contract your core and bring your legs and arms together to touch in the middle, keeping them straight, then lower to the start under control.


Best for upper back mobility Sets 3 Reps 10 of each
With feet together, lean back so the TRX supports you. Using your delts and upper back, bring your hands up and out so you create a Y shape, then reverse the move. To create a T bring your hands out to your sides. Complete all the reps for Y then all the reps for T.


Best for core stability and shoulder health Sets 3 Reps 5
Named after Lithuanian strongman competitor Zydrunas Savickas, this overhead press variation forces you to make your core and upper back work overtime to complete each rep. the result is a rock-solid core and improved overhead form. Set up the pins in a squat rack so a barbell is supported just below chin height with you sitting on the floor beneath it. Sit upright, with your legs straight and flat on the floor. Start light. Grip the bar with hands just outside shoulder-width apart. Keep your lower back tight and press the bar overhead. Push your head through the window created by your arms at the top of each rep.

This content is from the experts at Men's Fitness magazine.

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