How To Do The Shoulder Tap Push-Up:

  • Begin in a plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders and feet hip-width apart.
  • Keeping abdominals and legs tight, slowly lower your chest toward the ground with your elbows bending and pointing behind you.
  • Exhale as you push back up to lengthen arms into plank, then lift you right hand to tap your left shoulder at the top.
  • Repeat above instructions but swap with the left arm tapping the right shoulder.


This movement targets the:

  • Chest.
  • Arms.
  • Shoulders.
  • Back.
  • Core.

Shoulder Tap Push-Up is a full body strength move that focuses on your arms and chest, but strengthens your core. You will achieve both core and upper body strength along with balance training when performing this exercise.

This body-weight move is great because it is low impact but incorporates the unique element of balance training. The main factor is to pull your abdominals in tight, as your hand taps the opposite shoulder.


Make sure you master the push-up before adding the shoulder tap. Once you have the ability to perform full push-ups, you can start incorporating shoulder taps. Rely on the strength of your core for the majority of the move. This will help to keep your back long and your body from dropping.