Close-Hands Pushup

The close-hands pushup is a variation of the traditional pushup that strengthens the chest, shoulders, and triceps. The narrow hand positioning places more emphasis on the triceps during the entire range of motion.


  1. Close-Hands Pushup
    Get on all fours, and place your hands on the floor slightly narrower than shoulder-width apart. Your body should form a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Squeeze your abs as tight as possible, and keep them contracted for the entire exercise.
  2. Close hand pushup 2
    Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor, making sure that you tuck your elbows close to the sides of your torso. Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Keep your back flat throughout the movement.
  • Maintain a tight core for the duration of the movement.
  • Fully extend the elbows at the top of the pushup.