Clapping Pushup

The clapping pushup is a progression to the isometric-explosive pushup that increases power and speed in the upper body. The exercise also builds strength in the chest, shoulders, and triceps.


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    Get in the standard pushup position with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and elbows completely locked out.
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    Keeping your core tight, slowly lower yourself towards the ground. Make sure to keep your elbows tucked in close by your sides so they make a 45-degree angle with your torso.
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    Once your chest touches the ground, push back up explosively, rapidly clapping the hands together and placing them back in the original position before your body falls back to the ground.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Do not let the elbows flare out. Keep the elbows close to your sides throughout.
  • Keep the core tight and back flat throughout the movement.