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Twisting Push-up

Twisting Push-up

The Twisting Push-up is a challenging yet effective exercise that targets multiple muscle groups, providing a full-body workout. This dynamic movement combines the benefits of a traditional push-up with the added challenge of rotation, engaging your chest, shoulders, triceps, abdominals, and obliques. The primary muscles worked during a Twisting Push-up are the pectoralis major (chest), deltoids (shoulders), and triceps (back of the arms). As you lower your body towards the ground, these muscles engage to support and control the movement. The rotation component of the exercise engages the obliques (sides of the waist) and the core, helping to stabilize and strengthen the midsection. In addition to building upper body strength and core stability, the Twisting Push-up also improves shoulder mobility and overall body coordination. This exercise challenges your muscles in a unique way, helping you to develop functional strength by mimicking movements encountered in daily activities. To get the most out of your Twisting Push-ups, focus on maintaining proper form throughout. Keep your core engaged, back straight, and wrists aligned with your shoulders. Start with a modified version, such as performing the exercise on your knees, if needed, and gradually progress to full push-ups as your strength increases. Incorporating Twisting Push-ups into your workout routine can add variety and intensity, helping you to achieve your fitness goals while working multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Remember to warm up before attempting any challenging exercise and listen to your body to avoid overexertion or injury. Stay consistent, push yourself, and enjoy the benefits of this dynamic movement.


  • Start in a push-up position with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and your body in a straight line from head to heels.
  • Lower your body towards the ground by bending your elbows, keeping them close to your sides.
  • As you lower your body, twist your torso to one side, bringing your right knee up towards your left elbow.
  • Push back up to the starting position while untwisting your torso.
  • Repeat the exercise, this time twisting your torso to the opposite side and bringing your left knee up towards your right elbow.
  • Continue alternating sides for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure to engage your core throughout the exercise to maintain stability and control.
  • Breathe out as you push yourself back up, and breathe in as you twist your body to the side.
  • Focus on using your chest, shoulders, and triceps to perform the push-up motion.
  • Start with a modified version of the twisting push-up by performing it on your knees before progressing to a full push-up position.
  • Be mindful of your form and technique to avoid straining your wrists or lower back.
  • Increase the challenge by using push-up handles or placing your hands on raised surfaces like dumbbells or yoga blocks.
  • Experiment with different hand positions to target various muscle groups, such as placing your hands closer together or wider apart.
  • Combine the twisting push-up with other exercises such as planks or mountain climbers to create a full-body workout.
  • Remember to warm up before attempting the twisting push-up to prepare your muscles and joints for the exercise.
  • Listen to your body and progress gradually, gradually increasing the number of reps and sets as your strength improves over time.


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