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Incline Pushup

May 16, 2023 | Joel Runyon

The Incline Pushup is a variation of the classic Pushup, but with your head elevated up higher than your lower body. The Incline Pushup targets your lower pectoral muscles as opposed to the Decline Pushup that works your upper chest.

This is also a great exercise for beginners just getting used to doing pushups, as there is less bodyweight for your arms and shoulders to push against. But don’t discount it as easy though- with enough reps even the most experienced athlete will feel a strong muscle burn within their chest.

How to do an Incline Push Up

Find yourself a weight bench, sturdy chair, or ledge. Place your palms flat onto the edge of the bench, your legs extended out behind you and your toes bent against the floor. Your arms should be extended out in front of you with your hands just about shoulder-width apart. Your body should form one straight line from your feet, up your spine, to your head.

Stay as stiff as possible, and then bend your elbows in a controlled motion to lower your chest down to the edge of the bench. Pause at the bottom and then push yourself back up to your original starting position.

This counts as one pushup.

Tips for Incline Push Ups

Make sure not to let your hips raise up higher than your back, or have them sag down towards the ground. Try to keep the line of your body continuous.

Incline Pushup Video Demonstration

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Joel Runyon

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