Horse Pushup

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
October 07, 2011

Horse Pushup is a different style of elevated pushup. Unlike the normal pushup where you are pushing your upper body up, with this pushup, you raise your core in the air. The reason it is called Horse Pushup is because it looks like a horse bucking a rider off. And this is how you should perform this exercise. Use some speed when performing the up part of the movement. Elevated pushups are an effective way of concentrating your weight onto a particular body part. With this type of elevated pushup however, it not only places weight on your arms and shoulders but also strengthens your core muscles.

How to do a Horse Pushup:

Get in a normal pushup position with your feet elevated on a chair or stool. Lift your buttocks high into the air. Come back to starting position.

Muscle group worked:

Abs, low back, obliques

Target Repetitions for Muscle Growth: 6-8

Target Repetitions for Muscle Tone/Endurance: 8-12

Why Horse Pushup work:

Again, elevated pushups refocus the weight of your body to increase the difficulty of the movement. This elevated pushup works particularly well for building core strength because it places greater emphasis on your core muscles.


Tighten your abs when your body is going upward. This will make the exercise more fatiguing for your abs.


Breath out as your body goes up. Breath in as your body comes back down.

Disclaimer: Talk to your primary care physician before beginning any exercise regimen.

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  1. pheonix1756

    This looks like a tremendous program!!Gonna tryit.Thanks a lot

    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Tony!

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