Decline Push-Up

The feet-elevated push-up is a variation on the push-up, a body-weight standard. The feet are elevated, so that your body is aligned at an angle to the floor rather than parallel.


  1. Works the upper chest and front shoulders more than the regular push-up
  2. Harder and arguably more effective than the regular push-up
  3. You can make it harder still by progressively elevating your feet higher over time

Decline Push-Up Images


Decline Push-Up Instructions

Decline Push-Up muscle diagram
  1. Lie on the floor face down and place your hands about 36 inches apart while holding your torso up at arms length. Move your feet up to a box or bench. This will be your starting position.
  2. Next, lower yourself downward until your chest almost touches the floor as you inhale.
  3. Now breathe out and press your upper body back up to the starting position while squeezing your chest.
  4. After a brief pause at the top contracted position, you can begin to lower yourself downward again for as many repetitions as needed.