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Incline Reverse Grip Push-Up

Exercise Profile

Body PartChest
EquipmentBody weight
Primary MusclesPectoralis Major Sternal Head
Secondary MusclesBiceps Brachii, Brachialis, Brachioradialis, Deltoid Anterior, Pectoralis Major Clavicular Head
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Introduction to the Incline Reverse Grip Push-Up

The Incline Reverse Grip Push-Up is a challenging upper body exercise that primarily targets the chest, triceps, and shoulders, while also engaging the core. It is an ideal workout for intermediate to advanced fitness enthusiasts looking for a variation in their push-up routine to increase upper body strength and endurance. Incorporating this exercise into your workout can enhance muscle definition, improve posture, and boost overall body strength.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Incline Reverse Grip Push-Up

  • Extend your legs straight out in front of you, ensuring your body is at a slight angle with your feet firmly planted on the ground.
  • Lower your body towards the bench by bending your elbows, keeping your body straight and your core engaged.
  • Push your body back up to the starting position using your chest muscles and triceps, maintaining the reverse grip.
  • Repeat the exercise for your desired number of repetitions, ensuring you maintain proper form throughout.

Tips for Performing Incline Reverse Grip Push-Up

  • Maintain Body Alignment: Your body should form a straight line from your head to your heels. Avoid sagging your hips or raising your buttocks, as these are common mistakes that can lead to back strain. Engage your core muscles throughout the exercise to help maintain this alignment.
  • Controlled Movement: Avoid rushing the movements. Lower your body in a slow and controlled manner until your chest nearly touches the bench, then push your body back up to the starting position. Quick, jerky movements can lead to injury and do not effectively work the muscles.
  • Use an Appropriate Incline: The height of the bench or platform you're using for the incline reverse

Incline Reverse Grip Push-Up FAQs

Can beginners do the Incline Reverse Grip Push-Up?

Yes, beginners can perform the Incline Reverse Grip Push-Up exercise, but they should be cautious and ensure they're using the correct form to avoid injury. This exercise can be a bit challenging for beginners because it requires a good amount of upper body strength. However, the incline position can make it a bit easier compared to a standard push-up. It's recommended to start with a higher incline and gradually decrease as strength improves. If beginners find it too difficult, they should start with more basic exercises to build up their strength before attempting this one.

What are common variations of the Incline Reverse Grip Push-Up?

  • The Flat Reverse Grip Push-Up: In this variation, the exercise is performed on a flat surface, making it a bit easier and helping to target the chest and triceps muscles.
  • The Wide Grip Reverse Push-Up: This variation involves placing your hands wider than shoulder-width apart, which targets the outer chest muscles more.
  • The Close Grip Reverse Push-Up: Here, the hands are placed closer than shoulder-width apart, focusing more on the triceps and inner chest muscles.
  • The Elevated Feet Reverse Grip Push-Up: In this challenging variation, your feet are elevated on a bench or step, increasing the difficulty and targeting the upper chest and deltoids more intensely.

What are good complementing exercises for the Incline Reverse Grip Push-Up?

  • Decline Push-Ups: By altering the angle of push-ups, this exercise also targets the upper chest and shoulders but puts more emphasis on the lower chest, providing a balance to the upper chest focus of the incline reverse grip push-up.
  • Tricep Dips: While the incline reverse grip push-up also works the triceps, tricep dips isolate this muscle group more intensely, ensuring that the triceps aren't neglected in your workout routine.

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