Clap Push Up. How-to, proper form and tips

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The Clap Push Up is an intense exercise that requires full strength and explosiveness in all upper body muscles.

Video demonstration

How to and step by step instructions:

  1. Get down on all fours.
  2. Place hands slightly wider than your shoulders.
  3. Straighten arms and legs.
  4. Lower the body, the chest nearly touches the floor, as in a regular Push Up.
  5. Straight your arms in such a speed and strength that your shoulders rise high enough that you can clap your hands before coming back to the low position.

Hints & tips:

  • Probably if you can do 20 Push Up in a row, you can do this exercise.
  • On your first attempt, it is ok to put a pillow on the floor, where your face would hit the ground if unprepared.


  • Strengthen chest, biceps and shoulders.
  • Increases your explosiveness capacity in the upper body.

Counting & gamification:

  • Count repetitions in a all period, such as week or month.
  • Evaluate how 'better' and controlled you can clap your hands.

Muscles worked and body parts involved:

Primary , Secondary

Muscles: Upper body

Primary muscles: Shoulder, Triceps, Hand, Chest

Secondary muscles: Abs, Lowerback

Other names

The exercise can be found with other names. Examples are:

  • Clap Push Up
  • Clapping Push Up
  • Clap Press Up
  • Clapping Press Up

Other Explosive Push Up

Muscle: Upper Body

Collection: Push Up Variations

Category: Bodyweight

Category: Plyometrics