Military Push-Up

Proper Military Push-up Form

Military Push-Up is an exercise performed with just body weight. Exercises mainly 3 muscles: pectorals, triceps and deltoids but there are more muscles involved such as abs, biceps and glutes in a less intense way.


The military push-up it is called that way because it is the expected way of performing it at the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP)1 for “introducing new recruits to the fundamentals of the U.S. Army”.



Primary muscles targeted

Secondary muscle groups

  • Abs
  • Biceps
  • Glutes
muscles heatmap
Figure 1. Heatmap of muscles used in <no value>.


Range of motion

Movement should be until arms are parallel to the ground when going down, and completely locked out when going up.

Hands position

Hands should be placed directly below shoulders when being at the extended arms position.

Body tension

Body moves as an entire unit.

Back position

Avoid forming an arch with your back. It should be a straight line.

Hips in line with back

Glutes should be forming a line with back.


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The right military push-up as performed at U.S. Recruit Sustainment Program.

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