How to do Overhead Arm Clap

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Difficulty: Easy

Impact Level: Low

Target Body Parts: shoulders


Standing upright with your feet at hip width, and legs straight, engage your glutes and brace your core whilst drawing your ribs in. Then stretch your arms out as wide as you can at shoulder height to make a T-shape with your body. From there, rotate your arms so your palms face down.

To start the exercise, raise your arms overhead whilst rotating your hands so that your palms face each other when your arms are above your head, so that you can clap them together.

Lower your arms back down, turning palms down again, and stopping at shoulder height before repeating the exercise to raise them overhead again. Repeat this movement for the duration of the exercise.

The straighter your arms as you raise them up and down, the stronger this exercise will be, so if you find it to hard with straight arms, try it with a small bend at your elbows.

How to make Overhead Arm Clap easier

If you feel unstable standing, try starting off by sitting on a chair or bench, without leaning backwards.

How to make Overhead Arm Clap more challenging

Increase the resistance of the exercise by holding weights each each hand, or standing on one leg to challenge your balance and leg muscles more.

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