How to do One Arm Side Push-up

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Difficulty: Easy

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: triceps, upper back, chest, shoulders


Start off by laying down on your side with straight legs. Then place the hand from your top arm down on the floor in front of your chest. Bend this arm at your elbow. Wrap your bottom arm across your stomach so that it is tucked out of the way.

Then push into your top arm hand and straighten that arm to lift your upper body up off the floor, whilst keeping your hips and legs on the floor. Perform half the time on one side with one arm pushing, then at half way, switch your body around to lay on your other side and use your other arm to push up.

How to make One Arm Side Push-up easier

Build up strength in your triceps, shoulders and chest first by using our Lying Triceps Lifts and Push Up on Knees exercises.

How to make One Arm Side Push-up more challenging

Progress from this exercise to our Alternating Push Up Planks and try out Shoulder Tap Push Ups.

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