Health Advocate Blog

Workout of the Week: Diamond Push-Up

This easy modification on an old standby can help give your arms some extra work, specifically your triceps.

How to do it

  1. Kneel down on all fours
  2. Move your arms/hands in so that they are directly below your chest
  3. Adjust your hands so that your index fingers and thumbs form the shape of a diamond. Your fingers and thumbs should be slightly touching
  4. Extend your legs back as you would have them in a normal push-up position
  5. Slowly lower your body until you are several inches above the floor
  6. Push yourself up
  7. Perform as many reps as you’re able, but aim for 10 to start.


  • Start with a slow pace of push-up while you’re getting used to this exercise to avoid losing your balance.
  • Keep your body straight and avoid sagging. If you’re having trouble, you can start performing this exercise on your knees rather than with straight legs, until you build your strength.

Want more fitness ideas? If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the wellness coaching component of our Wellness Program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more healthy ideas to get—and stay—fit. And remember, talk to your doctor before beginning any new fitness regimen.