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Incline Push-Ups

Incline Push-Ups
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Exercise Description

Main Target Muscles


Secondary Target Muscles

Abs, Shoulders, Triceps

Workout Type


Gym Gear


Fitness Level




Power Move 


Target Muscle: Chest 

Incline Push-Ups Overview

Incline push-ups are a variation of conventional push-ups that focuses primarily on the chest muscles. It also targets your abs, shoulders, and triceps as secondary muscle groups. 

This is a bodyweight exercise that requires the use of a bench press in order to incline the body. If you want to progress towards full bodyweight push-ups, this is an excellent exercise. It reduces stress on the shoulders, forearms, and wrists. It also improves your stability, form, and technique. 

How to Do It

  1. Place your hands on an elevated surface like a bench and walk your feet back until your body is at an incline.
  2. From there, lower your chest toward the surface and then press back up to the starting position.
  3. Keep your core engaged and be sure to not let your hips sag as you lower down.
  4. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Incline Push-Ups Tips

  1. Keep your spine as rigid as possible throughout the exercise. 
  2. Brace your abs and squeeze your glutes as you perform the push-ups.
  3. Keep looking down and tuck in your chin.
  4. Put in your strength to pull yourself as far away from the floor as possible.

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