Tall guys, discover the advantages, from intensified tricep focus to reduced shoulder stress, all while enhancing chest engagement for a comprehensive upper body workout. 

This step-by-step guide ensures a seamless incorporation of close-grip push-ups into your routine, adaptable to various fitness levels with no disadvantages for tall guys.

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Understanding Close-Grip Push-Ups For Tall Guys

Tall guys often encounter challenges in bodyweight exercises like push-ups due to our longer limbs. Close-grip push-ups offer a strategic approach to better our bench press (and push-ups) by targeting triceps in a push-up mimicking form.

how to do close grip push-ups for tall guys

Close-Grip Push-Up Advantages For Tall Guys

Tricep emphasis

Close-grip push-ups place a greater emphasis on the triceps, aiding in the development of strength and definition in this muscle group.

Reduced shoulder stress

Bringing the hands closer together reduces stress on the shoulders, addressing potential discomfort that taller individuals may experience.

Enhanced chest engagement

While focusing on the triceps, close-grip push-ups still engage the chest muscles, providing a well-rounded upper body workout.

Adaptable difficulty

The difficulty level can be adjusted based on individual strength, making close-grip push-ups accessible for various fitness levels.

Close-Grip Push-Up Disadvantages For Tall Guys


Yes! Close-grip push-ups are tough at first BUT there is no difference between you and that short little guy across the gym floor giving them a go for his first time as well. 

Tools You'll Need

  • Floor space to fit your tall frame

How To Do Close-Grip Push-Ups For Tall Guys

1. Close-grip push-up set up

  • Begin in a plank position with your hands placed directly beneath your shoulders.
  • Ensure your body forms a straight line from head to heels.
this is a photo of tall Paul in plank to start close grip pull-ups

2. Hand placement

  • Bring your hands closer together, positioning them directly under your chest.
  • Keep your fingers pointing forward or slightly turned inward.
this is a photo of tall Paul showing where your hands have to be for a close grip pushup

3. Elbow position

  • Maintain a tight core and engage your triceps as you lower your body.
  • Keep your elbows close to your sides, pointing backward rather than outward.
this is a photo of tall Paul showing where the elbows must go for a close grip bench press
this is a photo of tall Paul showing where the elbow depth must go on a close grip push up

4. Controlled descent

  • Lower your chest toward the ground with control, maintaining a straight line in your body.
  • Aim to bring your chest close to the ground without touching it.
this is a photo of tall paul lowering himself toward the ground for a close grip push-up

5. Full range of motion

  • Press through your palms to extend your elbows and return to the starting position.
  • Fully extend your arms, pushing through the middle of your pecs.
this is a photo of tall Paul pressing through he floor for the finish of the close grip pushup

6. Breathing technique

  • Inhale as you lower your body, and exhale as you push back up.
  • Maintain a steady breathing rhythm throughout the exercise.

7. Reps and sets

  • Reps and sets all depend on your goals for the gym & what other lifts you have done that day to complement the close-grip push-ups.
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