How should I do wall push-ups?

Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Here's how to do wall push-ups:

Reps: 8-12
Sets: 1-3
Intensity: Moderate
Tempo: 2-1-2
Rest: 30-90 seconds between sets

Starting position: Stand up straight in front of a wall with your arms extended at shoulder height. Put your palms against the wall with the fingers pointing upward.

Movement: Bend your elbows to lower your upper body as far as possible toward the wall, keeping a straight line from head to heel. Pause, then push away from the wall to return to the starting position, maintaining neutral alignment from head to toe throughout the movement.

Tips and techniques:
  • Keep your hands no higher than shoulder level.
  • Keep your elbows close to your sides as you bend them.
  • Keep your shoulders down and back.
Too hard? Lower your upper body less toward the wall.

Too easy? Lift one foot a few inches off the floor behind you as you do the push-ups. Keep your arms at shoulder height and maintain neutral alignment.

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