The upper-body movements below will build strength in a lot of the same major muscle groups. However, like the hip hinge and lower-body push, you’ll engage those muscles differently—and it’s that variability that makes your workout well rounded.
For the vertical push, you’ll use shoulders, upper and middle back, and arms.
Beginner: Half-Kneeling Overhead Press
Kneel with right knee and left foot on the ground, holding a dumbbell in right hand. Left arm can hang at side. Bend right arm to 90 degrees, then push weight overhead, fully extending arm and keeping biceps in line with ear. Bend arm and lower weight to shoulder height to return to starting position.
Advanced: Standing Overhead Press
Repeat the same movement as above, but this time stand with feet hip-width apart and hold a weight in each hand. Bring elbows out to sides at 90-degree angles as you push up (sometimes called a military-style press). Remember to engage core and keep hips level (don’t stick your butt out).