Close Grip Push Up Video Guide

Exercise Profile

  • Strength
  • Bodyweight
  • Compound
  • Push
  • Beginner
  • Shoulders
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Triceps Exercises Diagram Target Muscle Group

Close Grip Push Up Instructions

  1. The close grip push up is a variation of the push up that focuses on hitting the triceps. Set up by placing your palms on the floor with your thumbs touching on another.
  2. Extend your legs back so that only your toes are touching the floor and your body is straight.
  3. Bend slightly at the elbows to keep tension in your triceps.
  4. Keeping your body straight, slowly lower yourself as far as possible without hitting the floor.
  5. Pause, and then push back up to the starting position without locking your elbows out.
  6. Repeat for desired reps.

Exercise Tips:

  1. Keep your elbows tucked in at your side throughout the set.
  2. Don't lock your elbows out. This takes the tension off the triceps and makes the exercise less effective.
  3. The close grip push up is a good finishing exercise or a second exercise in a superset.