Clap Push-up

Practical Usage

Incorporate this exercise into the routine of your choice with the upcoming ExRx app. Or use the workout creation guide for an evidence-based do-it-yourself approach.

Clap Push-up


Utility: Plyometric
Mechanics: Compound
Force: Push
Function: Forward Push
Intensity: Medium High



Lie on floor face down and position hands on floor, shoulder width or slightly wider. Assume plank position by pushing body up with arms extended, body straight, and toes on floor.


Lower body to floor and immediately push body up as fast as possible. As the hands leave ground, rapidly clap hands together and place back to original position, catching body before it falls. Repeat.


Keep hips and waist straight. As with any plyometric, ensure solid strength foundation is first achieved. Joints, particularly shoulders should be free of biomechanical deficiencies:


Begin with conditioning period of easier exercises. If exercise is too difficult, pivot off of knees instead of toes by flexing knees.


Increase number of repetitions or number of claps between push-ups as ability improves. Place toes on elevated platform to vary angle of exercise.

Force (Articulation)



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