But what if you can’t pick up the object with leg power alone? Then it’s time to give it a good shove. First, squat down using that lift technique and raise the bulky piece just high enough to put something under it—something like cardboard that will help it slide more easily. Next, keeping your spine straight, brace your lower body in a lunge position that equally distributes your weight, and push outward with your arms. Once your arms are at full extension, stand up, get back into position, and use your arms again. Avoid pulling, since that tends to engage the back muscles.