Weighted Push-up (on handles)

Weighted Push-up (on handles)


Utility: Basic or Auxiliary
Mechanics: Compound
Force: Push



Kneel before two push-up handles placed slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Grasp both handles and place feet back on floor or slightly elevated platform. Position body straight with arms extended. Partner can place weight plate(s) on back if needed.


Keeping body ridged, lower body downward by bending arms until slight stretch is felt in chest or shoulders. Push body back up until arms are extended. Repeat.


Both upper and lower body must be kept straight throughout movement. Exercise can be performed without additional weight, without handles, or without platform. Platform compensates for height of handles. If platform is too high, upper chest will be emphasized (see Decline Push-up). If additional weight is used, partner will need to add and remove weight, and keep weight from sliding off back.

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