Drunk Pushup

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
October 11, 2011

The reason this is called a drunk push-up is because your body looks as if you were drunk, meaning you will be shaking and very unstable. Although don’t let the name of the exercise fool you this is a very difficult exercise.

How to do a Drunk Pushup:

Get in a normal push-up position, except your feet will be on a Pilates ball. Lower yourself down to the ground while simultaneously lifting one leg in the air. Then as you push back off of the ground you will lower that leg back to the Pilates ball. Now you can either continue in the same fashion lifting one leg or you can switch legs each time. The choice is yours.

Muscle group worked:

This exercise is really a whole body exercise but specifically strengthens the chest region as well as the glutes.

Target Repetitions for Muscle Growth:

6-8

Target Repetitions for Muscle Tone/Endurance:

8-12

Why a Drunk Pushup works:

The reason this exercise works so well is because you’re using your stabilizer muscle groups, and your body is that a decline. This decline position puts a greater emphasis on the upper portions of your chest muscle.

Tips: You will definitely need to work up to this exercise unless you’re advanced. Start off slowly, you don’t need to lift your leg the first time you do it. You can start off just doing the push-ups on the ball, then it’s time progresses and your stabilizer muscles strengthen you can lift your leg.

Important!:

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Breathe in as you lower your body toward the ground, breathe out as you lift your body away from the ground.

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  1. Lydia

    “because you’re using your stabilizer muscle groups, and your body is that a decline.” should be “because you’re using your stabilizer muscle groups, and your body is in a decline position.”

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