How To Do Incline Push-Up

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Chris Freytag demonstrated Incline Push-Up

Incline Push-Up is a full body strength move that focuses on your arms and chest while also strengthening your core. If you learn how to do Incline Push-Up you can find a balance between a kneeling push-up and a full traditional push-up. A traditional push-up is considered the best upper body move available, but most people struggle keeping good form and being able to do them fully on their toes at first. Kneeling push-ups are a great alternative but will eventually become too easy. This Incline Push-Up gives you the perfect balance in between a kneeling push-up and a traditional full push-up.

Form is extremely important when learning a push-up. The Incline Push-Up uses exactly the same form as a traditional push-up, except that the hands are elevated.  For a short but excellent video to help you perfect your push-up form, click here. The only difference is that you place your hands either on a step, as shown in the photos above, or on the bottom of a staircase, a bench, a stool or a low chair. Any solid, stable surface will do. Choose your height. The higher you put your hands, the easier the push-up with be. Start high and work your way down.

Incline Push-Ups are a hidden gem among workout ideas! Once you master a few of them you are going to be proud of your progress! And you should be! Try these once or twice a week and also check out our amazing workout 20-Minute Upper Body Challenge

Here are the steps to performing Incline Push-Ups:

1) Begin in a plank position with your hands on step, your shoulders over your wrists, and your body in a straight line.

2) Bend your arms and lower chest to the bench making sure to keep your body in a straight line. Press body back to plank. Repeat.

Targets: chest, shoulders, core


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