Feet-elevated push-up

The feet-elevated push-up is a variation on the push-up, a bodyweight standard. The feet are elevated so that your body is aligned at an angle to the floor rather than parallel. This makes it more difficult than push-ups on the floor, but also puts more emphasis on the shoulder muscles. It is often used as a bodyweight substitute for incline presses, or as a burnout movement for a chest or shoulder workout.


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

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Feet-elevated push-up Instructions

Feet-elevated push-up muscle diagram
  1. Lie on the floor face down and place your hands about 36 inches apart from each other holding your torso up at arms length.
  2. Place your toes on top of a flat bench. This will allow your body to be elevated. Note: The higher the elevation of the flat bench, the higher the resistance of the exercise is.
  3. Lower yourself until your chest almost touches the floor as you inhale.
  4. Using your pectoral muscles, press your upper body back up to the starting position and squeeze your chest. Breathe out as you perform this step.
  5. After a second pause at the contracted position, repeat the movement for the prescribed amount of repetitions.

Variations: Another way to perform this exercise is to use an exercise ball to elevate your body instead of a flat bench. This adds a level of difficulty due to the instability provided.

See Also: Push-Up