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How to Do a Diamond Push-Up

Push-Up Variation: Diamond Push-Ups

I am all about push-ups lately, especially since I got that new iPhone app PushupFu that counts my reps. Regular push-ups can get a little boring, so I like to mix it up with Elevated Push-Ups, the challenging Wide Arm Push-Ups, and the core building Spiderman Push-ups. If you want to add a little bling to your push-up routine, consider this diamond variation.

Although common to military workouts, us civvies can still reap the benefits and target our triceps with Diamond Push-Ups. For details on the move just


  • Start in plank position with your hands under your shoulders, and your body in one straight line. If you can't do a push-up this way, just lower your knees to the floor.
  • If your knees aren't on the floor, separate your feet so they're about shoulder-width apart to help you stay balanced throughout the exercise.
  • Place your hands together, directly under your sternum, with the tips of your index fingers and thumbs touching. Your fingers and thumbs should form a diamond or triangle shape.
  • As you inhale, bend your elbows out to the sides, and lower your chest toward the floor. Then exhale to straighten your arms. This counts as one push-up. Complete as many as you can with proper form.

Share your fave push-up variation in the comments section below.

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Plyometric push ups! I can only do a few of these, but they're fun now that I know I can do them & I'm no longer scared of landing on my face,
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