Two-Finger Pushups

Two-Finger Pushups

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Since Bruce Lee demonstrated two-finger pushups publicly in 1964, others have tried to emulate the feat, which requires plenty of willpower, as well as strength. But no matter how big a Lee fan you may be, the two-finger pushup is not recommended for beginners. If you haven't done anything more exotic than a standard pushup, work your way through some preliminary steps before you try to amaze your friends with your pushup prowess.

Step 1

Stretch out face down on the floor or an exercise mat. Extend your legs and spread them as wide as you comfortably can.

Step 2

Place one arm palm-down on the floor, beneath your shoulder or a bit to the outside. Assume a three-point stance, balancing yourself on your toes and hand. Place your other hand behind your back and keep your body as straight as possible. Perform pushups with one arm, exhaling as you rise and inhaling when you lower yourself to the floor.

Step 3

Assume the same stance as a one-arm pushup, but balance on your fingertips instead of a flat palm. When you succeed at five-fingertip pushups, perform pushups by progressively removing fingers from the floor, starting with your pinkie, then your ring finger, then the middle finger.

Step 4

Perform two-finger pushups with just your thumb and index finger on the floor, spread wide, with the upper joint of both fingers flat on the floor. Place your middle finger alongside your index finger -- but off the floor -- to give your index finger added support.


  • Another way to develop finger strength and work your way up to two-finger pushups is to begin with standard two-arm pushups, then progress to two-arm fingertip pushups, then begin removing fingers until you're performing two-arm, two-finger pushups. From there, move on to one-arm pushups on two fingers. It can take several months of work before you are able to perform two-finger pushups.


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