Weighted Push-Up

The plate-weighted push-up is a simple way to make a classic bodyweight exercise more difficult. It targets all the same muscles as the push-up: chest, triceps, shoulders, upper back, and core. You can balance a plate on your upper back yourself, but it's easier and safer to have someone else put it there. If you stack a few plates up, be sure to have a spotter close at hand.


  1. Great for building the chest and triceps
  2. The weight plates allow for progressive resistance on a bodyweight exercise
  3. Can be performed as a dropset with bodyweight push-ups

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