Reverse Pushups Exercise Guide & Video

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Step 1. At a squat rack, set the bar at about arms length off the ground. Lay down on your back beneath the bar. Keep your feet together and grip the bar with a wide overhand grip.

Step 2. Keeping your heels on the floor, pull your whole body of the ground, until your chest touches the bar and hold. Do not bend at the waist.

Step 3. Lower yourself down until your shoulder blades are just off the ground.


Reverse pushups are a great bodyweight exercise that works the trap and lat muscles of the back. It is a good exercise for those who are trying to build up to wide or close grip pull ups. At the top of the motion, the torso should be about two to three feet off the ground. There is no need to perform reverse pushups at more than a controlled pace. This is an exercise for working up to a more complex exercise like wide or close grip pull ups if you can do too many reps, it is not an exercise you need to incorporate.

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Updated: April 1st, 2015