Depth Push-up (on medicine ball)

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.


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



Kneel before medicine ball. Place both hands side by side on top of ball. Position body in plank position, arms extended straight, chest over ball, body and legs straight, and forefeet on floor, shoulder width apart.


Push body quickly by protracting shoulders and flexing wrists. As hands leave ball, rapidly place hands on floor to side of ball, catching body before it falls. Lower body again until chest makes contact with ball. Forcefully push body up rapidly so hands leave floor. Quickly catch body by returning both hands side by side on top of medicine ball. Repeat.


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


If exercise is too difficult, try less intense plyo push-up variations or pivot off of bent knees instead of toes.


Place feet on platform as ability improves.

Force (Articulation)




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