Tall guys, the diamond push-up places a significant emphasis on tricep development and engages the inner chest for a blasting upper body workout. 

The versatility of diamond push-ups, require no equipment and provide a challenging bodyweight movement adaptable to progressive strength development. 

Learn the step-by-step guide, noting that being tall poses no disadvantage in mastering this rewarding exercise.

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Understanding The Diamond Push-Up For Tall Guys

Tall guys often encounter difficulties in achieving optimal form in bodyweight exercises, and diamond push-ups are no exception. However, short people find the same difficulties when starting with this lift as well.

How To Do Diamond Push-Ups For Tall Guys

Diamond Push-Up Advantages For Tall Guys

Tricep emphasis

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

Inner chest engagement

This variation also engages the inner chest, contributing to a well-rounded upper body workout.


Diamond push-ups can be performed anywhere without the need for equipment, offering flexibility in your training routine.

Bodyweight challenge

The exercise provides a challenging bodyweight movement, allowing for progressive strength development.

Diamond Push-Up Disadvantages For Tall Guys


There is no disadvantage being taller than the rest of the gym goers when it comes to diamond push-ups. Yes, they are hard, but they are hard for everyone at the beginning.

Tools You'll Need

  • Floor space to fit your long body

How To Do Diamond Push-Ups For Tall Guys

1. Diamond push-ups set up

  • Begin in a plank position with your hands placed directly beneath your chest.
  • If you can’t execute the exercise from a plank then drop down to a knee plank.
  • Form a diamond shape with your thumbs and index fingers, bringing them together under your chest.
this is a photo of tall Paul setting up in a plank for a diamond pushup

2. Hand placement

  • Adjust the position of your hands to form a diamond shape, ensuring your thumbs and index fingers touch.
  • Keep your fingers pointing forward or slightly turned inward.
this is a photo of tall Paul doing a diamond shape with his hands

3. Elbow position

  • Lower your chest toward the diamond shape formed by your hands, keeping your elbows close to your sides.
  • Aim to bring your chest as close to your hands as possible.
this is a photo of tall Paul lowering his diamond shaped hands to his chest with his elbows close to the sides
this is a photo of tall Paul bringing his hands to his chest for a diamond pushup

4. Controlled descent

  • Lower your chest with control, maintaining a straight line from head to heels. Or head to knees.
  • Engage your triceps and chest throughout the descent.
this is tall Paul lowering himself in a diamond pushup

5. Full range of motion

  • Press through your palms to extend your elbows and return to the starting position.
  • Fully extend your arms and squeeze through your middle chest.
this is tall Paul pressing himself in a diamond pushup

6. Breathing technique

  • Inhale as you lower your chest toward the diamond shape.
  • Exhale as you push back up to the starting position.
  • Maintain a steady breathing rhythm throughout the exercise.

7. Repetitions and sets

  • Reps and sets all depend on your goals for the gym & what other lifts you have done that day to complement the diamond push-ups.
  • I create tall guy workout plans, click through and message me your fitness goals and I can tell you the reps and set you will want to hit.