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

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This is a simplified push-up that facilitates the push-up. It is a good preparation exercise before starting doing the push-up.

Video demonstration

How to and step by step instructions:

  1. Set in a push-up position, placing your hands in an object such as a table, chair or stairs.
  2. This is the starting position.
  3. Keep your body straigth and core engaged.
  4. Bend your arms, bringing the chest close to them.
  5. Extend your arms again, returning to the starting position.

Hints & tips:

  • The higher you put your hands (such as on a table) the easier the execution will be.
  • The lower you put your hands, the closer to horizontal your body will be. And thus, the harder will be.


  • Strengthen chest, shoulder and biceps.
  • Easier and a good starter for the push-up.

Counting & gamification:

  • Count repetitions within a workout session or period.

Muscles worked and body parts involved:

Primary , Secondary

Primary muscles: Shoulder, Triceps, Chest

Secondary muscles: Abs, Lowerback

Other names

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

  • Incline Push Up
  • Incline Press Up

Push Up Progression

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1. Incline Push Up

Push Up sequence

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1. Incline Push Up

Other Incline Push Ups

Muscle: Shoulder

Muscle: Triceps

Muscle: Chest

Collection: Push Up Variations

Category: Bodyweight