How to Do Close-Grip Push-Up: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

close-grip push-up exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Close-Grip Push-Ups

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Close-Grip Push-Ups

  1. Assume the starting position, with hands shoulder-width apart.
  2. Try to form a straight line from head to feet and brace your abdomen slightly.
  3. Lower yourself as deep as you can, while inhaling.
  4. Reverse the motion when you’ve touched the floor and push yourself up to straight arms again while exhaling.
  5. Repeat for reps.


The push-up is a classic bodyweight exercise for the upper body, with the benefit that you don’t need any equipment to perform it.

By placing your hands closer together than in the regular push-up, you transfer more of the load to the triceps.

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