How to do Close Hand Push Ups

If you are looking for the kind of push ups that trains your triceps as hard as your chest, then doing close hand push ups would just be your thing. For such a rather simple upper extremity exercise that requires no special equipment but yourself, close hand push ups can provide you with tremendous power and strength.

This exercise can be extremely useful especially for women who tend to have flabby arms with age. Doing this particular form of push ups will serve to replace fat build up in this area with stronger, firmer arms.

Some people would find doing close hand push ups a little more exhausting than the wider version. But then, this could only mean having stimulated more of your target muscles. Apart from your triceps and chest, your shoulders and abs likewise receive a good training with each upper body lifting you do.

Close hand push ups are another proof of how versatile push ups can be. Moreover, as long as you are doing them all in proper form, then it is not a question of which variation is better or worse but simply a matter of which particular muscle groups you would like to strengthen.



  1. Start off by lying on the floor face down.
  2. Position your hands directly beneath you so they are aligned with your shoulders.


  1. Push with your arms and lift your body off the ground so that your hands and toes are the only parts touching the floor.
  2. Position your hands next to each other by forming a triangle on the floor with your thumbs and index fingers.


Carefully set yourself back down just a couple of inches away from the ground.

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