Definition: A push-pull strength training routine refers to a method of splitting your strength training into different workouts. When you do push exercises, you do movements in which you push the weight away from your body. These exercises typically focus on the quads, outer thighs, chest, shoulders and triceps. When you do pull exercises, you do the opposite, pulling the weight towards you. The muscles worked include the butt, hamstrings, back and biceps, different muscles than those used in a push routine. For that reason, you can set up a routine in which you do a push routine one day and a pull routine the next without working the same muscles two days in a row.