Shoulder-tapping Pushup

The shoulder-tapping push-up is a progression of the traditional push-up that strengthens the chest, shoulders, and triceps. Performing the taps more actively engages the core and ensures muscular balance on both sides of the body.

Step by step instructions

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Exercise Steps 1


Get in a standard push-up position with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles.

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Exercise Steps 2


Bend your elbows to lower your torso toward the floor, pause, and then press back up to the starting position. Then, tap one shoulder with the opposite side's hand.

Mistakes and Tips

  1. Keep your core tight and your back flat throughout the movement.
  2. Do not allow your body to sway to one side or the other when tapping your shoulder.
  3. Keep the elbows close to your sides throughout the exercise.

Advanced Variations