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Exercise of the Week – Step Press Ups

Target Muscles: Triceps, Shoulders and Chest (Pectorals).

Step Press Ups 01 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Begin by getting into the normal press up position, but with your feet positioned on top of the step block as shown. Keep your spine straight.

Step Press Ups 02 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Then bend your arms and lower yourself into the press up, before straightening your arms and returning to the original position. You can advance this exercise by increasing the height of the step block.

Repetitions: 8-12

Sets: 2-4

A great variation of the trusted basic press up, but one which works the triceps harder and increasingly brings the shoulders into play because of the elevated foot position. As you increase the height of the foot placement, more of your weight balance is shifted forward onto your arms and shoulders increasing the impact on them. If you don’t have a step block, then simply using the steps of a staircase or different height chairs make good alternatives.