Stretch Pushup

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
October 11, 2011

Stretch Pushup is on of Jack Lalanne’s patented moves. Only the most extreme exercise enthusiasts can do this exercise with their arms fully extended.

How to do a Stretch Pushup:

Get in a normal pushup position. Walk your arms out about a foot or so in front of you. Lower your body down to the ground until your nose touches the ground. Push back up. Repeat.

Muscle group worked:

Chest and Back muscles

Target Repetitions for Muscle Growth:


Target Repetitions for Muscle Tone/Endurance:


Why a Stretch Pushup works:

Stretch Pushup works extremely well because it puts your body in a very weird position that recruits your lats to hold your body up.


As you get more advanced slowly walk your hands out further and further. The further your hands are out in front of you, the more difficult the movement will be.

Knee Health Score 2


Breath in as you lower yourself down, breath out as you push yourself back up. The intra-abdominal pressure that you use when breathing out will help bring your body back up.

Show/Hide Comments (2 comments)
  1. Juan Hormazábal

    Wow, this was pretty intense, I felt my chest working hard, I got no problem with the execution though.

    Greetings Todd, and thanks again for putting such effort and dedication in your website 🙂

  2. Reynaldo Betancourt

    Is there a progression for stretch pushups? Im not at the level where I can do these, and would like to know how I can work myself up to this point.

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