Kneeling Push-Up: Muscles Worked & Technique

Kneeling Push-Up exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Kneeling Push-Ups

Muscles worked in Kneeling Push-Up

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Kneeling Push-Ups

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


This is an easier version of the classic push-up. In regular push-ups on your feet, you lift about 70% of your own body weight, but in kneeling push-ups, you only lift about 55% of your body weight. Therefore, this exercise variation can serve as a useful training tool to increase your strength until you can do regular push-ups.

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