Alternating Staggered Pushup

The alternating staggered push-up is a variation to the standard push-up that strengthens the chest, shoulders, and triceps. Performing the exercise with staggered hand positioning will ensure muscular balance is achieved on both sides of the body. The exercise will also actively engage the core throughout the range of motion.

Step by step instructions

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Exercise Steps 1


Start in push-up position with body in a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Stagger hands. Place one hand slightly forward while the other remains under shoulder.

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Exercise Steps 2


Lower body so elbows are at 90 degrees and return to starting position.

Mistakes and Tips

  1. Maintain a tight core throughout the movement and do not let your hips sag.
  2. Do not let your elbows flare too far out to the side.
  3. Brace your core throughout the entire exercise.

Advanced Variations