We like this exercise because it’s so familiar and very customizable. Simple tweaks to arm and leg position make it perfectly suited for women and men of all fitness levels. People with limited or compromised upper body strength benefit from couch pushups because of the nearly-vertical orientation of the exercise. You can do as many reps as you want and go at your own speed. Parents, invite your kids to belly-up to the couch and see who can do the most pushups in one minute.
Feel free to use any part of the rigid frame of your couch for this exercise. The HipFit team likes to use the leading edge of the couch seat since it’s the lowest and creates the greatest challenge. Place your arms slightly wider than shoulder width and walk your feet backwards until your legs are fully extended and your back is straight. Look down at the couch and inhale as you dip your chest just above the edge of the couch. Rise back up, exhaling as you go, and stop when your elbows are fully extended. Draw your belly button in and tuck your pelvis throughout the whole exercise.