Incline Push-ups

Incline Push-ups

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Chest
Secondary Muscle(s) Shoulders, Triceps
Equipment Bodyweight
Emphasis Compound
Type Push

Incline Push-up Instructions

  • Place a flat bench or elevated stand in front of you and situate your hands just outside shoulder-width.
  • Place your feet and legs together behind you. Maintain a braced core with a neutral spine.
    • Your back should not be excessively arched nor should your hips and knees sag.
  • Keep your bodyweight centered roughly over your hands with your shoulders braced.
    • Maintaining this stable shoulder position is key for properly loading your triceps and chest.
  • As your body descends, load your chest and triceps keeping your trunk braced and back neutral.
  • When you reach the bottom, push yourself back up to starting position without locking the elbows.


  • For beginners, you can try this exercise by resting on your knees instead of fully extending the legs.
  • Do not let your body fold in while you lower down. Keep your spine erect and your core tight.
  • Your elbows should not flare excessively. 
  • At the bottom position, if your hands are outside your elbows, you need to adjust your starting hand position at the top.
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