Missing Arm Pushup

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
October 11, 2011

Missing Arm Pushup is also known as One handed pushup. I don’t recommend using this exercise in your regular arsenal because it is awkward and places a lot of strain on your arm that is on the ground. Though it is a great way to test overall strength and body unity.

How to do a Missing Arm Pushup:

Position your feet so they are wider than shoulder width apart. Put both hands on the ground as if you were getting into a pushup position. Lift one arm and place behind your back. Lower your body down as far as you can. Pushup back up. Repeat on the other side.

Muscle group worked:

Chest, shoulder and arm of the lower arm.

Target Repetitions for Muscle Growth:


Target Repetitions for Muscle Tone/Endurance:


Why a Missing Arm Pushup works:

Missing Arm Pushup works well because it tests your strength. It requires your entire upper body weight to be held up by one arm.


If you want to make the move more difficult, put your feet in closer together.

Knee Health Score 2


Breath in as your lower yourself down to the ground. Breath out as you push back up.

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