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

Stacked Push Up icon

A Push Up variation that requires harder core engagement for stability, result of having only one foot on the ground.

Video demonstration

How to and step by step instructions:

  1. Start in a plank position, arms in a straight position, code engaged and off the ground.
  2. Put one foot over the other. Only both hands and one foot should touch the floor.
  3. Bend both arms bringing your chest close to the ground. Extend them again, as in a regular Push Up, keeping the foot on top of the other.
  4. This is one repetition.
  5. Swap the feet on every repetition or groups of 5, 10 repetitions.

Hints & tips:

  • You should be able to do a regular Push Up prior to this move.


  • Similar to te regular Push Up, strengthen the chest, arms, shoulders and core.
  • Core muscles are extra activated in order to obtain the necessary baance.

Counting & gamification:

  • Set a goal for a given period such as a workout session, week or month.
  • If apropriate, count these amongst all Push Up variations.

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:

  • Stacked Push Up
  • Stacked Press Up

One Leg Push Up

Muscle: Shoulder

Muscle: Triceps

Muscle: Chest

Collection: Push Up Variations

Category: Bodyweight