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Twisting Push Up

May 16, 2023 | Joel Runyon

The Twisting Push Up adds a “twist” to the standard, classic Pushup. It will condition your chest and triceps, as well as your rotational core stability.

How to do a Twisting Push Up

Start by placing both palms on the floor shoulder-width apart and your arms straight. Your legs should be extended out behind you with your toes supporting your weight.

Your eyes should be looking down and out at the floor in front of you. Keep your head, spine, hips, and legs together in one continuous straight line.

Start by performing a standard Pushup by bending your elbows and lowering your body down to the ground while keeping your back and legs stiff. Push yourself back up and return to the starting position.

Now, brace your core and twist your torso away from the floor by lifting your right arm all the way extended upwards towards the ceiling. Only your left hand and your toes should be touching the ground at this point.

Twist your right arm and torso back to the floor so your right palm is back in its original position and your eyes are facing the ground.

Perform another Push Up and return to the starting position. Perform another torso twist, but alternate the same movement with your left hand leaving the mat and twisting up towards the ceiling and your right hand remaining on the ground.

Return to starting position. This counts as one complete Twisting Push Up.

Tips for Twisting Push Ups

Remember to keep your hips in line with the rest of your body and don’t let your spine or side sag as you twist or work through the sequence of movement.

Twisting Pushup Video Demonstration

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Joel Runyon

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