Strengthening the muscles of the back, abs and glutes is the best way to get better at doing pushups, according to Well+Good. For women, this often means moving from "women's" knee-based pushups to "men's" pushups balanced on the hands and toes, as Military.com points out.
Well+Good NYC recommends three separate moves to strengthen the muscles needed for pushups. One is the "Superman," which involves lying prone, then lifting the chest, legs and arms off the floor. Also recommended is the "Hollow Rock," which requires lying on the back, lifting the torso and legs off the floor and rocking. Standing pushups also develop these muscles. They also help women to move past knee-based pushups, as do angled pushups and step pushups.